The Seasons of Advent and Christmas have come and gone, and against the background of the cold, snow, and ice – the specialty of Fr. Satheesh Alphonse wearing a Roman collarMichigan and its changing weather – yet one thing remains constant: St. Louis Center remains a place where God’s Providence can be seen tangibly.

The love and care of God’s special children continue because of the prayers and support from each and every one of our supporters and well-wishers. You are the ones who keep St. Louis Center thriving in service to our residents.

As I begin my tenure as the CEO of the Center, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Fr. Enzo Addari, who has been part of St. Louis Center for the past 40-plus years. He has guided the growth of St. Louis Center through many difficult situations over the past 15 years as CEO. It remains a vibrant place of hope and love for those with disabilities of all ages and walks of life due to his efforts.

We remain steadfast in the pursuit of a Guanellan standard: With Faith, Love, and Competence, we steadfastly pursue greater cooperation among the many educators with different roles and responsibilities in the Center for the good of those we serve. In all the meetings and efforts to change and improve services, we focus on this special element. We are all here for the same purpose – to serve our brothers and sisters with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they may achieve their full potential.

Our success continues to rely on not only the efforts of our staff, but upon the success of our many fundraisers that you, our charitable supporters, have made possible. We have had two matching fund efforts and, in both cases have exceeded our goals. Many thanks to all those who have made these events a success and to all those who are beginning efforts for this New Year.

We will continue to strengthen and support our staff’s efforts to maintain the highest quality of care and support for those we serve. Our immediate future efforts are focused on strengthening our Day Program here at St. Louis Center; changing conditions have resulted in more and more of our residents remaining on campus. The growth, dignity, and safety of each individual in our care, encompassed by a compassionate and loving environment, remains our central goal. These efforts, guided by the principle of the founder of The Servants of Charity, Fr. Guanella, can remain viable through the prayers and sacrifices of so many of you. May God bless you throughout this New Year 2024.

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