Due to the current COVID pandemic, we feel it is wise to not place new students with Home Plate families at this time.  Students who are already part of the Home Plate program can enjoy virtual visits and support from their Home Plate families during this stressful time.  I have encouraged families to reach out so their students can feel a “touch of home away from home”.  Please contact the First Year Center at firstyearcenter@wustl.edu if you have any questions or need some assistance.

Missing home cooked meals, dinnertime
conversation and the comforts of family life?

Would you like to get out of the residence halls for a few hours
and have a great time getting to know an interesting St. Louis family?

Join Home Plate and enjoy a touch of home.

Founded and run by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, wife of Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton, the Home Plate program matches you with a host family you can visit several times a year for home cooked meals and enjoyable dinnertime conversation.

Join us

Signing up is easy!
Simply complete the online application, mail the printable form or send us an Email.

Join the Program

Become a host family

Become involved with Washington University
in a fun and personal way.

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Host Families


Every attempt is made to match students with families who share intellectual, cultural and recreational interests.

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