Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with The Eagle’s Nest.

Adopt an Area

As we welcome Veterans into The Joseph Center we want to provide a home-like atmosphere for them. It is our hope that the Adopt an Area program will provide the necessary furnishings and sundries to see the center through the coming years.  Throughout the center you will find 13 semi-private bedrooms, several bathrooms, a computer lab, offices, conference room, kitchen and a large common room. We have a vision of dividing the common room into smaller, more personal areas such as a relaxation corner, social spaces and recreation areas. Use your imagination with these spaces!  We have a list of needed items (below), and areas we seek to furnish. Of course, your cash donation is welcome also.

If you choose to adopt an entire area we will recognize you or your organization with a personalized plaque. Please contact us to learn more about participating in the Adopt an Area Program. You can reach us by phone at 618.271.4673 or by email. We look forward to hearing from you.

You can find a list of adoptable areas here.

You can download a contribution form here.

If you would prefer to make an item donation, but do not wish to adopt an area, we are always in need of the items on this list.

Academic Partnerships

We want to broaden our relationship with Illinois college students. We are working with The University of Illinois East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP), a university program dedicated to working in East St. Louis, a distressed urban community in our own Illinois backyard. University of Illinois students have been instrumental to The Joseph Center throughout the years by helping with construction and landscaping projects, and even researching neighborhood issues for the shelter. We hope your organization can also be part of the history of The Joseph Center.