Community Women Against Hardship has been empowering and serving the community since 1988.

CWAH was co-founded by Gloria L. Taylor and the late Betty J. Lee. At the time both women were employed by the Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett. After reading a report about poverty in the City of St. Louis, Taylor joined with Lee, a respected journalist, to establish a support center for families struggling with poverty. Since 1988, CWAH has provided services to over 6,000 families, mainly women and children.


The current building on West Belle Place was purchased for $1 from the City of St. Louis and undertook a $800,000+ renovation, completely supported by contributions and in-kind donations. Skilled volunteers donated over 30,000 hours to assist with the renovation and the CWAH Family Support Center continues to thrive as a place for St. Louis City and County families. The building of the Family Support Center has allowed us to increase the number of families we serve annually from 30 to upward of 300 as of 2014.

The CWAH Family Support Center houses a library, a computer lab, a music laboratory, a clothing boutique, a food pantry, and a warehouse of donated furniture, appliances and various household items. All educational and developmental classes and workshops are held at the Center. CWAH is motivated to continue our work thanks to the impact of its educational and developmental programs for both youth and their parents.

 Awards and Recognitions


Lifetime Achiever in Caring for the Community.

Maire H. Stellos Humanitarian Award - Gloria Taylor, her daughters Cynthia Clay and Stephanie Muldrow, and sons King Taylor, Jr. and Jeffrey Taylor, Sr.  were awarded by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. at their 38th Area Three Leadership Conference March 7, 2014.

Excellence in Community Service Award  - Awarded by Our Second Act, Inc. a non-profit community based organization comprised of women 55 years and older who reside in the metropolitan St. Louis area on February 20, 2014.


President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama, for helping to address the most pressing needs in the community and our country. 

St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation awarded Gloria Taylor the Charitable Leadership Award for her dedicated service and leadership to the St. Louis, Community and legacy of charitable and civic work on behalf of the entire St. Louis Region.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violence St. Louis Support Group Award was presented to CWAH Founder, Gloria Taylor along with other individuals.


CWAH founder Gloria Taylor was honored as one of the 10 Chapter Champions at, The African American chapter of University of Missouri, St Louis' Alumni Association, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

CWAH founder Gloria Taylor was chosen as one of seven leaders of an organizations to receive a Community Service Award that focused on the value of mentoring- "Mentoring Saves Lives" from the Epsilon Lambda Charitable Foundation and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

CWAH founder Gloria Taylor was honored as an "Everyday Hero" (making St. Louis a better place) for her outstanding service to the community, awarded by Verizon at The Urban League.


A Letter from the White House: First Lady, Michelle Obama (Founder, Ms. Gloria Taylor wrote to the White House in reference to the importance of volunteerism and community service, the First Lady echoed her sentiments with a response letter).

Great Nonprofit Recognition: CWAH was recognized as one of the Top Rated Women's Empowerment Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits  (a nationally recognized organization in this field)

The St. Louis Gateway Classics Sports Foundation African American Citizens of the Year Award (recognizes and pays tribute to those individuals in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area who have made significant contributions to the community and/or their respective areas of work)


A Proclamation Award from Senator Robin Wright-Jones from the Missouri State Senate (for making a difference in the St. Louis metropolitan area)


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 74th Central Regional Conference ESP Centennial Platform Award

CHUMS Inc. St. Louis Chapter Rose Ward (for making a difference in the community)

Top Ladies of Distinction Confluence Chapter Award (in appreciation for serving communities in St. Louis)


The Professional Organization of Women (POW) (in honor of the 5th Annual African American Women of Distinction Award)


Traditional Home Magazine's Classic Women Award in recognition for exemplary volunteerism & outstanding contributions to the community.

Outstanding Community Service Award at the 21st Annual Unity Ball.


Mothers of Merit Award (for Outstanding Service as a Career Woman for serving over 5,000 women & children)


Safeco’s Ruby Award (honors individual leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to local non-profit organizations and their communities. “Ruby Recipients are ‘beacons of light’ in their community)

The Gateway Chapter Woman of Worth Award - in Honor of Women


The St. Louis American Stellar Performance Award (12th Annual Salute to Excellence Awards Banquet)

St. Louis ARGUS Distinguished Citizens Award


National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Alpha Nu Chapter-Community Service Award (efforts to promote human understanding & inherent worth of all people)


Outstanding Community Service Award (The National Association of Black Accountant, St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter)


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Life and Legacy Award (Awarded to those that commemorates the cause for Humanity so that all Americans may benefit and progress in peace and harmony)