Welcome to #LTYM St. Louis 2016!

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#10 – PEOPLE WHO SUBMIT STORIES OR WHO ATTEND LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-ST. LOUIS ARE NOT GREEDY, AND ARE ALWAYS THE MOST LOYAL PEOPLE AROUND.

#9 – WHEN YOU AUDITION FOR LTYM-ST LOUIS- 2016 UNLIKE GOING TO A RAMS GAME , YOU CAN BRING YOUR PURSE WITHOUT HAVING TO PUT ALL OF THE CONTENTS INTO A STUPID SMALL ZIP-LOCK BAG.

#8 – LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-ST LOUIS WILL NEVER ABANDON THE CITY THEY LOVE.

#7 – THE CAST AND CREW OF LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-ST. LOUIS REMAIN FRIENDS FOREVER.

#6 – LTYM-ST. LOUIS PROVIDES FREE POPCORN, M&M’S AND REFRESHMENTS AND DOESN’T CHARGE $150 FOR A HOT DOG AND A BEER.

#5 – PROCEEDS OF TICKET SALES ALWAYS GO TO A WONDERFUL LOCAL CAUSE AND DOESN’T GO TO BILLIONAIRES WITH REALLY BAD TOUPEE’S.

#4 – YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY $30 TO PARK AT THE BEAUTIFUL ST. LUKE’S PARKING LOT.

#3 – IF YOU TRY OUT FOR THE SHOW, WE PROMISE….NO CONCUSSIONS!

#2– IF YOU HAVE AN OVARY, IF YOU USED TO HAVE AN OVARY, OR IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH ONE…YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN AND WILL THOROUGHLY ENJOY THE SHOW AND/OR BEING A PART OF THE CAST.

DRUMROLL PLEASE…AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE ST. LOUIS RAMS AND HELLO TO LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-STLOUIS 2016….

FOR THE 4TH YEAR IN A ROW, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER-ST. LOUIS IS BECOMING THE ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION IN OUR GREAT CITY!

So, get busy…You still have 3 weeks to submit a story to ltymstlouis@gmail.com
YOU WON’T BE SORRY!!!!!

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Sound the trumpets, blow the horns….Listen to Your Mother – St. Louis is beaming with excitement and joy to announce ALMOST HOME, as our 2016 Cause!

Over the past 4 years, it’s been Naomi, Ellie, and my purpose to not only put on the very best, unforgettable, heartwarming show that showcases the unbelievable talent that we have in our great city, BUT to also pick the very best local ‘cause’ to be the recipient of the proceeds of our ticket sales.

For our inaugural show in 2013, we chose CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS.

In 2014, we were proud to have GIRLS IN THE KNOW  as our cause, and in 2015, we were honored to partner with the Family Resource Center.

To us, the most amazing thing about Listen to Your Mother, are the continued relationships we have with cast members and to all of our past Causes.   Each year, all of our past recipients continue to partner with Listen to Your Mother in one way or another, mainly because of the friendships we’ve maintained and the strong beliefs and love we have for each other!

Linda Metzler Doty was one of our hilarious cast members in 2014.  She is also on the Board of Directors for ALMOST HOME and couldn’t wait to tell us about how, with all their stories about motherhood, they would be a great non-profit cause for Listen to Your Mother to support.  Well, we ‘listened to this Mother’ ( J ) and wait until you hear about how ALMOST HOME has made our great city an even greater one!

In a nutshell…Almost Home’s mission is to inspire teenage moms to create better lives for themselves and their children.

The History:

Almost Home was founded in 1993 by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The Sisters became aware of the absence of accessible housing and support services for homeless teenage moms in the Saint Louis area and took action to address this need.  The original Almost Home facility housed 6 teenage moms and their children and was operated solely by the Sisters and several community volunteers.  Since its founding, Almost Home has expanded to its current facility, which houses up to 15 mothers and 25 of their children at any one time.

In 2006, Almost Home became licensed to house pregnant and parenting teens in state custody who could not find foster living arrangements with their children.  In 2008, Almost Home became a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and in 2011, the organization became a key partner in the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, receiving fee for service income for providing shelter and services to our clients who formerly resided in St. Louis County.

Though Almost Home has experienced a great deal of change and expansion since its founding, the mission has remained the same: to inspire teenage moms to create better lives for themselves and their children.

If you or someone you know are in need of services please see our In Need of Help page

Time Line:

  • 1993 Franciscan Sisters of Mary launch Almost Home in 1993 with the capacity to help 6 young families at a time.
  • 1996 Expansion allowed for up to 15 mothers and 25 of their children to be served through transitional housing, support services, and programming.
  • 1999 Construction completed on a custom facility with 15 individual bedrooms and family style communal areas (bathroom, living room, fitness room, children’s play room, kitchen, classroom and dining area). This is Almost Home’s current facility.

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  • 2004 Construction completed on the Almost Home apartment building, this building serves as a subsidized housing option for young mothers in the community and alumni of the Transitional Living Program.
  • 2006 Almost Home becomes licensed to serve teen mothers in state custody who could not find foster homes together with their children.
  • 2008 Almost Home becomes a United Way member agency.
  • 2010 Almost Home develops the Alumni Support Program, which provides 8 years of follow-up services to teenage moms who participated in the Transitional Living Program.
  • 2013 Almost Home celebrates 20 years of serving homeless teenage moms and their children.
  • November 2014 Almost Home launches its signature event, the Celebration of Grit to honor individuals in the community who display the grit and tenacity that our teen moms must possess in order to succeed.

So, now that you know who our Cause is, please put pen to paper, and send us YOUR STORY!!!!

Submissions close on February 17th and invitations to audition will be issued by February 21st.

 

BE A PART OF THIS NEW ST. LOUIS MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION

AND JOIN OUR FABULOUS FAMILY!!!

The 4th Annual

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER — ST. LOUIS

May 7th, 2016

Morning Show: 11am (doors open at 10am)

Afternoon Show: 3pm (doors open at 2pm)

St. Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education

232 South Woods Mill Road

Chesterfield, MO 63017

 

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Hey, St. Louis… Calling for Submissions!

January 4, 2016

Happy 2016! If your New Year’s resolution is to get real, be true to yourself, step outside your comfort zone, and share your story that only you can tell, then here’s the opportunity you’ve been waiting for: We are officially accepting submissions (January 4th-February 17th) to be considered for auditions for the 4th annual Listen To Your Mother STL, a national movement to give motherhood a microphone. We want YOU to be a part of this incredible experience, whether you’re on stage or in the audience sharing these “me too” moments. So mark your calendars for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 7, at the beautiful auditorium at St. Luke’s Institute for Health Education, 232 South Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, 63017.  The auditorium is located on the 2nd level of the North Medical Building on St. Luke’s Hospital campus. Motherhood comes in all shapes and forms with a variety of names–mother, mama, grandma, nana, auntie, godmother, big sister, foster, […]

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GOOD MORNING ST LOUIS

November 18, 2015

Naomi Francis and I are thrilled beyond belief to announce the 4th ANNUAL LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER – ST. LOUIS. I still cannot believe it’s been 4 years since our dear friend and partner in crime, Ellie Grossman-Cohen contacted me and asked, “Hey Laura, do you want to bite off more than you can chew and change your life at the same time???” Due to my made-up uterus-driven disease known to my friends, family and readers of my goofy, PG-13 books – Generosity Tourette’s (G.T. for short), I didn’t blink and said, “OK, Just tell me where to go and how much I owe?!?” The rest is ‘St. Louis Listen to Your Mother’ history. There is not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t stop to tell me how much this annual event has changed their lives. Whether or not it’s hearing a story that resonates with them, meeting a cast member, doing business with a […]

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ENCORE! Enjoy LTYM 2015 Videos Here!

July 14, 2015

The 2015 LTYM Videos are now released from all 39 cities–that’s almost 500 stories that will resonate with you and make you want to share your own story! We are so proud of this year’s St. Louis cast of 11 women and 2 men, whose stories ranged from Jenny’s Beatrice’s hilarious essay, “Pierced, Poked and Painted,”to Paul Gilbride’s heart wrenching piece, “How Depression, A Notebook, and The Ideals of Motherhood Made Me A Better Father.” If you were in the audience on Mother’s Day weekend at St Luke’s Institute for Health Education, you know how emotional our storytelling journey was. Now is your opportunity to experience these stories again, as well as live readings from shows all over the country. Thank you again to all of our local sponsors for giving the talented St. Louis community an opportunity to shine and to our generous national sponsors Luvs and SheKnows Media #BlogHer15 for making this national movement to give motherhood a microphone possible. So grab a […]

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