If you are familiar with St. Louis Center, you’ve most likely heard the phrase “Benevolent Care.” Much of the donations the Center receives goes toward it, and donors can even choose to pay for a full day of Benevolent Care.

What is Benevolent Care?

Benevolent Care is financial support from charitable contributions necessary to cover the services that are not met by earned revenue. Given the limits of earned income, and the reality that very few families can afford the total cost of care, St. Louis Center strives to offer Benevolent Care to cover the difference.

More than half of the total costs must be fund raised to provide a level of care, which includes 24/7 supervision, protection, transportation, meal preparation, medication administration, community involvement, and assistance with other activities of daily life. The difficulties the pandemic caused over the last several months have made the need to provide benevolent care even more poignant.

Depending on the level of care, the cost of services to a person living at the Center may be as much as $8,000 a month. A social security supplement (SSI/A) covers only room and board, which is about 20% of the total. Some residents do have support from their local Community Mental Health organization and a Medicaid waiver program. Many residents do not qualify for this governmental benefit, and apply instead for a small Personal Care Supplement (less than $10 per day).

Benevolent Care by the numbers:

$2,800,000 – The total cost of Benevolent Care that St. Louis Center must fund-raise each year, ie, the amount above earned revenue such as SSI or other individual support.

$7,671 – The approximate cost of Benevolent Care to St. Louis Center each day.

79% of donations received go to the care of the Center’s residents.

Thank you!

When you donate to St. Louis Center, you are helping residents receive quality care daily. The Center is reliant on Benevolent Care to assist with admission and care costs for any resident who qualifies, and the difficulties the pandemic caused over the last few years has made the need to provide Benevolent Care even more poignant. You can feel good knowing your support is helping provide for those who rely on others each day of their lives.


This post is on page 20 of St. Louis Center’s 2021 Annual Report.

Read St. Louis Center 2021 Annual Report

If this article or any of the stories of inspiration shared in St. Louis Center’s Annual Report move you, please consider a donation of any amount in support of the Center’s Benevolent Care fund.

St. Louis Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Federal Tax ID: 38-6038121.

79% of donations received go to the care of the Center’s residents.

According to the 2020 audit, St. Louis Center administrative and overhead expenses were only 21%, in line with well-managed nonprofit best practices. You can be confident that your donation to the Center is going to good use.