Founded by Sister Patricia Ann Kelley, CCVI
In the wake of a deadly heat wave in the summer of 1980 and a devastating blizzard in 1982, Sister Patricia Ann Kelley founded EnergyCare in 1983 to provide protection from the deadly hazards of extreme cold and heat for the elderly, disabled and needy. As the founder, first president and executive director of EnergyCare, Sister Pat initiated projects that warmed, cooled and educated the low-income people most at risk of illness, hospitalization or death.
Sister Pat became a dynamic voice for the poor. Her work on the local, state and national levels earned her the St. Louis Globe-Democrat’s Humanities Award in 1984. She was the only woman so honored in the twenty-six year history of the award. After her untimely death in 1987, Dennis Kelley, her brother, was appointed and continues to serve as Executive Director.
Whom and How We Serve
EnergyCare works to protect low-income, homebound people—especially the elderly, and seriously ill or physically disabled adults and children—from illness, hospitalization or death from summer heat or winter cold. When people in need call EnergyCare’s year-round telephone helpline, Service Providers counsel them about surviving their energy-related crises. They furnish information about heating and cooling bill assistance programs, and, most importantly, they also identify vulnerable people who need immediate relief.
For those most needing relief, Service Providers make home visits to promptly assess the severity of need. They can then provide survival goods—air conditioners, portable electric heaters, blankets, and home weatherization kits—to people without adequate home cooling or heating. EnergyCare can also arrange minor furnace repair for low-income older adult homeowners. During the home visit, our Service Providers demonstrate how to prevent hypothermia and hyperthermia (illnesses caused by cold and heat respectively).Service Providers also instruct people in the practice of energy conservation, furnace safety, and fire prevention so that they can avoid further problems.
Since our founding, EnergyCare has successfully addressed the energy-related plight of more than 240,000 low-income people. Each year EnergyCare serves approximately 12,000 households in St. Louis city and county. Of the people EnergyCare assists, the majority are elderly (over age 60), ill or disabled adults, and children. EnergyCare is a private, independent, nonprofit organization and is supported through the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, civic and religious groups. We receive no government or United Way funding. In addition to cash contributions, EnergyCare accepts donations of new or used clean, warm blankets and new or used (but working) 110-volt air conditioners (less than 10,000 BTU). The staff of EnergyCare also warmly welcomes volunteers to help bring our message and our weatherization services to the people we assist. EnergyCare is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri; contributions to EnergyCare are tax deductible as allowed by law.
- EnergyCare is funded by the generous contributions of local individuals, corporations, foundations and religious and civic organizations.
- EnergyCare gratefully accepts donations of cash, materials or in-kind services provided by volunteers.
- The IRS has determined EnergyCare to be a 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, contributions to EnergyCare are tax deductible as allowed by law.
- Contributions can be made on-line, by check, or credit card. Call 314.773.5900 to make a contribution.