HUMANS OF ST. LOUIS

WHO WE ARE

Humans of St. Louis (HOSTL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shares first-person stories and photographic portraits, featuring people and places throughout St. Louis.

HOSTL gives over 95,000 Facebook and 20,000 Instagram followers an intimate look into the lives and struggles of the people of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time. It is the second most popular “Humans of” site in the U.S. after Humans of New York.

Stories highlight areas of economic growth, philanthropy, and small businesses. They also address race, racial equity, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, community, family, youth, aging, health, disease, education, discrimination, homelessness, poverty, cultural awareness, and more. The project is intentionally grounded in social work, public health, and documentary photography.


we're making a book

As St. Louis’s story continues to be written, we want to take a snapshot of the past 5 years the way that we always have — one photo and story at a time. Typically, the Humans of St. Louis posts only get a day of playtime on the page. But the stories are still relevant and timely and enjoyed by so many.

So we’re making a book! We’re self-publishing, and we’re keeping it local, from the stories to the team of creatives, from the printer to the distributor. And we’d like to invite you to join us to make something truly unique of, by, and for St. Louis!

This curated hardcover book of over 250 first-person portraits and stories about St. Louisans will feature stories of individuals from diverse backgrounds, interlace historical context unique to St. Louis and reveal factual contemporary social issues relevant to the thematic objectives of the stories.  

THANK YOU for believing in the idea and for backing the campaign: humansofstl.org/kickstarter.

We’re still fundraising to reach our overall budget, please join us by pre-ordering or donating.

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EVERYDAY HOSTL

Humans of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time. 



acknowledgements 

We’re grateful to the following individuals and organizations who generously contributed to making the first Humans of St. Louis publication during the Kickstarter campaign and before the book goes to print! 

Aarthi Arunachalam, Abby Dunner, Adam Bridwell, Adelaide Lancaster, Adrienne Rapin, Aimee Muirnin Dunne, Áine O'Connor, Akeiisa Coleman, Alex Blues Cusumano, Alex Bowman, Alex Gregory, Alfonza Howard, Alicia Trebus, Alison Grooms, Alison Sieloff, Alive & Well, Allie Halbert, Alyssa & Austin Okorn, Amanda Doyle, Amie Corso Reed, Amy Cordes, Amy Murphy, Andrea Rodriguez, Andrew Alexander, Andrew Doty, Andrew Sweeso, Andy & Chelsea Berkhout, Angela Williams, Angelina Russo, Angie Winschel, Anisya Riddick, Anna Shabsin, Anne Graff, Anne Yoon, Annie Rice, Antionette Carroll, April Gottschalk, April Martin, Arathi Srikanta, Arjen van Veelen & Rosanne Hertzberger, Ashley Burgy, Ashley Kuykendall & Jake Lyonfields, Avenue Restaurant, Baileys' Range, Be Lovely Photography, Ben Kiel, Ben Triola, Ben Zunkeler, Ben, Adrienne, Campbell, & Annabeth Drew, Ben, Kaytlin & Charlie Rogier, Berrei-Robinson, Bill Gogel, Brea McAnally, Brenda Samaniego, Brent Wagner, Brent Werner, Brian Connor, Brittany Minor , Brooke Foster, Brooke Taylor Duckworth, Bryan Holdman, Bryan Watson, C Paul Bott, Calla Goldberg, Carissa Dege, Carmen Pekny, Caroline Swift, Carrie & Ryan Rogers, Casey Hunt, Chantel Iwen, Charlene Caburnay & Matt Kreuter, Charles Purnell, Charlotte Beard, Chris Althen, Christina Garnett, Christine Mladic Janney, Christine Silvey, Christopher & Amy Thorne, Christopher Ferrara, Christopher Hopkins, Christopher Limber, Christy Maxfield, Claire Droste, Claire Krummenacher, Cody Minks, Cole Figus, Colleen Biri, Colleen Hogan, Courtney Coslor & Colin Dale, Courtney King, Cynthia Bunn, Dan Richter & Kelsey Laitinen-Richter, Dana Huth, Dana Sebastian-Duncan, Dana Wilkerson, Daniela Velázquez, Dave, Emily, & Gavin Poole, David & Debbie Laitinen, David Dwight, David Menon, Davier Rodriguez, Dawn McRae, De Andrea Nichols, Debbie Duggan, Deborah George, Délia Chassaing, Derek Brown, Derlene Hirtz, Dewitt Campbell III, Diane Carr, Diane Wittling, Donna & Chloe Feoranzo, Donna Beth Frederick, Donovan P., Doug Frerichs, Doug Nehring, Douglas Sorenson, EatAnts, Edward Lawlor, Elisabeth Risch, Elizabeth Simons, Ellen O'Neill, Ellie Curran, Ellie Myers, Ellis Ballard, Eloise Leyh-Pierce, Elyse Murrell, Elyssa Sullivan, Emily Bornstein, Emily Walk, Emma Klues, Emma Puls, Eric Barnes & Nikki Brandoline Barnes, Eric Ratinoff, Erick Burtness, Erika Obrecht, Erin Blumer & Gabriel Taylor, Erin Winschel, ETC, JBK, & Kid Kwon, Expedition Subsahara, Farmer Family, Francine & Bob Case, Frank Goudsmit & Michelle Zielinski, Gabriela Keator, Garcia Properties, Gary Parker, Geneva Lee, George & Nancy Cohen, Goodnight St. Louis/Skip To My Lou, LLC., Grace Kyung, Haley Strebler, Hannah Allee, Hannah Berg, Hassan Abdallah, Heidi Meckes, Heidi Reckel, Hilary Sedovic, Hillary Cartwright, i.f. gonzales , Iben Falconer & Neil Donnelly, Inga Buchbinder, Ingrid Weise, J. L. Platt, Jacob Eaton, Jae Yoon, Jake Risk, Jane Wang, Janie Oliphant, Jasmine Windom, Jason Baker, Jason Kei, Jay & Tina Bushey, Jay Carter, Jean Corbett, Jeff Fields, Jeff Perkins, Jen Little, Jenna Voss, Jennie Law, Jennifer Elston, Jennifer Ferguson , Jennifer Leach, Jennifer Needels, Jennifer Neuschafer, Jennifer Schwarz, Jessica Hentoff, Jessica McCann, Jessica Payne, Jessica Penner, Jessica Post, Jief Roustan , Jill Conway, Jim Napoli, Jin Sheen Yeoh, Joe & Barb Drew, Joe & Kristie Steensma, Joel Vanderheyden, Johanna Kato, John Carroll, Jonathan Leggs, Jonathan Moxey, Joyce Dieterly, Judy Williamson, Julia Brucks, Juliana Gonzalez, Julie Goings, Julie Sprehn, Justin Barr, Justin Honold, Justin Smith, Kaitlin Graff, Kama Brown, Karen Goering, Karen Handelman, Karen Hoffman, Karen Shoulders, Karishma Furtado, Katee Thornton, Kathleen Bucholz, Katie Bench, Katie Franke, Katie Meyer, Katie Weinkein, Kayla Zeller, Kelly Briggs Peery, Kelly Kraemer, Kendra McClanahan, Kerith Lucia Lucco & Robert Lazell White, Kerry Soraci, Kim Freels, Kim Johnson, Kimberly Singer, Kira Hudson Banks, Kris Kammerer, Kristelle Aisaka, Kristen Allen, Kristiana Roe, Laine D'Souza, Lara Gershman, Laura Horwitz & Guy Friedman, Laura Richter, Laurel Hope Segrist, Laurie Lakebrink, Leah Schultz, Leanndra Martinez, Leslie Duling, Libby Massa, Linda Li, Linda Nguyen, Linda Samuels , Lindsay Kruger, Lisa Antrobus, Lisa Carrico, Lisa Clancy, Lisa Harper Chang, Lisanne Koral, Liza Farr, Lori Padberg, Lori Zucker, Lorien Carter, Los Bergs del Norte, Lucy Zee, Luke & Michelle Bakke, Lyda Krewson, M. Toler, Mackenzie Staub, Maddie Carson, Madeline Siebum, Maggie Farrell, Maggie Siempelkamp, Maleeha Ahmad, Marcia Coonrod, Margaret & Scott Miller, Margaret Faul, Margaret Loehnig, Mariella Mejia, Marin Gee, Marina Gross, Marius Johnson-Malone, Mark Nesdill, Mark Timmerman, Mary Kauffman, Mary McKay, Matt de Cesare, Matt Fernandez, Matt Jellinek, Matt Stolze, Matthew Bauer, Maya Vizvary, Megan Duffy, Meghan & Patrick Gillespie, Meghan Winkelmann Woodlief, Melinda Bianchet, Melinda Green, Michelle & Jamie Horton, Michelle Miller, Michelle Shackman, Michelle Witthaus, Mike Sullivan, Mila Dang, Miles & Jessica Dela Cruz, Mindy & Jeffrey Goldfarb, Moises & Lisa Staimez, Mollie Pleet, Nancy Zoellner, Natalie Clay, Nathan Lucy, Natsios Family, Nichole Murphy, Nicole Hudson & Ryan Albritton, Nikki Groves, Nikki Spencer & Sam Lawton, Nikole Dougherty, Patricia Godfrey, Paul Sorenson, Peni Acayo Laker, Peter & Lindy Drew-Tsang, Phillip Hamer, Rachel Aubuchon, Rachel Broadbear, Rachel D'Souza Siebert, Rachel Davis, Rachel Qalbani, Rachel Smidt, RaeAnne Hsu, Randall Jenkins, Randi Papke, Randy Dann, Raquita Henderson, Raul Cortes, Rebecca Flikier, Rebecca Leathers, Rebecca Marie, Rebecca Pursley, Reese Forbes, Rene Spencer Saller, Rev & Steffy McFarland, Rev. Anthony L.D. Scott & Marquisha Lawrence Scott, Rhiannon Kaye, Richard DeBrobander, Richard Weise, Robyn Dexter, Ross Brownson, Roxie Catts, Ruilong Hu, Ryan Auer, Ryan Hall, Ryan Levasseur, Ryan Spearman & Kelly Wells, Sam Corder, Sandi Powell, Sarah Arnosky, Sarah Colby, Sarah Dexter, Sarah Gall, Sarah Walsh, Saras Chung, Scott Hickox, Sean Milford, Sean Neuerburg, Sephiroth Gardner, Sherry Crittenden, Song Palmese, St. Louis Community Credit Union, Steph Skees, Stephanie Glaros, Stephanie Grise, Stephanie Herbers, Stephanie Outhuse Sutton, Steve & Cassie Kirchner, Steven Harowitz, Steven Healey, STL Community Foundation, STL-Style, Sue Donze, Sue Ellen Colter, Susan Lane, Susan Mulcahy, Susan Sordo, Sylvia Scheuler, Symone Johnson, Tammi Cooks, Tammy Orahood, Tassy Hayden, Teresa & Johnny Martinez, The Barker Family, The Becker Family, The Elements of Design Studio, The Horn Family, The Millin Family, The Sini Family, The Slatin Family, Thomas Negovan, Tiffany Woodard, Tim Huskey, tinA teresA pihL (Sweet-T), Tony Howell, Tonya Elaine Edmond, Travis & Gina Sheridan, Trenton Paluczak, Tricia Agnanos, Vanessa Carroll-Schmidt, Vanessa Fabbre, Virginia Harold, Wendy Drew, Zachary Panter, Zack & Rachel Boyers

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All my friends and neighbors are on HOSTL lately and it is just the best. Clearly HOSTL and I know how to spot ‘em! - Hannah S.

We need more of these sidewalk cafe discussions!! Get to know our neighbors, their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. - Terry G.

And this is how communities are built and changed, guys and dolls. - Julie O.