Operation Clean Sweep




Launched in 2017, Clean Sweep is an intense large scale, highly charged neighborhood clean-up initiative spearheaded by Better Family Life’s Community Outreach, by which neighborhood residents, volunteers from throughout the region, City of St. Louis Departments and area construction companies to address one of the City’s most pressing issues, the physical condition and environment of more challenged neighborhoods.


Through this moving experience, residents and partners foster a new sense of hope in neighborhood renewal.  In 2017,  multiple sites located in each of 5 neighborhoods: Wells-Goodfellow, Hamilton Heights, Jeff-Vanderlou, Walnut Park, University City & Jennings were converged upon by back hoes, bulldozers, chain saws, dumpsters and over 1,000 residents and volunteers who removed over  5 tons of debris and overgrown brush that had become a present eyesore in city neighborhoods. These hazardous areas ridden with vacant and abandoned properties had become hotbeds for drug trafficking and other criminal activity, underscored with the abduction of a teenage girl in 2017.



The vision of (BFL) Clean Sweep is to provide the St. Louis Metropolitan area with an annual event that ignites and maintains momentum for neighborhood revitalization by providing inner-city residents a real sense of hope for a clean, vibrant and fully-functioning community; to recruit and engage a broad base of volunteers who promote real regional unity; and to demonstrate what is possible when we all work together.



1. Re-kindle a sense of pride in challenged neighborhoods.

2. Recruit residents for on-going improvement efforts

3. Provide an annual event to improve the “Spirit of St. Louis”