St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

SLACO in the West End Neighborhood


In the West End neighborhood, SLACO programs the Etzel Community Center.  The Center benefits Etzel Place Apartments residents primarily, but also other neighborhood residents.  Use of the center is free for genuine community purposes, when arranged well in advance.  Current Etzel Community Center programs address needs of children, youth, and adults.


SLACO also works with two neighborhood associations in the West End neighborhood, where its offices are located and where it has been involved in housing production partnerships:  SPUD and West End Neighbors.


SPUD(Skinker, Page, Union, Delmar) is a neighborhood organization that works on solving community issues that affect the well being of others, such as crime and neighborhood stabilization. For 30 years, SPUD has maintained a positive presence. SPUD has constantly held meetings with community residents to resolve community issues and teamed up with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to resolve current and consistent issues that are having a negative impact on the community, such as nuisances and property damage.


SPUD's goal: To minimize crime activities within the high crime areas within the community.


When are meetings held?


Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at

SLACO's Etzel Community Center

5888 Plymouth Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63112

(Please come through the back entrance on the parking lot.)


Who can attend?

Each meeting is open for neighborhood attendance.  Everyone is welcome to join, including elected officials.


SPUD welcomes any organization who is interested in helping SPUD meet its goals. If interested, please contact the office at 314-361-9406 for more information.


WEN (West End Neighbors) was formed in 2010 and became a 501c3 organization in 2015.  WEN was founded with West End safety as its front running initiative, introducing the Neighborhood Ownership Model (NOM) and a police substation in Etzel Community Center.  The organizational purpose has expanded to address four key components of neighborhood sustainability: Safety, Housing, Health, and Resident Engagement.   The WEN mission is to enhance the livability of the West End community by establishing and maintaining an open line of communication with key stakeholders and facilitating civic action.


When are meetings held?

Community Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at

KIPP School
955 Arcade at Maple Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63112

Parking is available on Arcade, Maple and Vernon.

Who can attend?

Meetings are open to all West End and or 26th Ward residents committed to improving the Quality Of Life in our communities.  If you would like to added to the WEN Community List please send an email to westendneighbors.stl@gmail.com or contact Erica Hagan at 314-601-2737.


West End Neighbors (WEN) Board of Directors
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