We have started another year of grace, the year of the Lord 2023.
Still, I wish all of you many blessings and graces for this year; may the Good Lord bestow upon each and every one of you His blessings that you are able to reach all your goals.
I am glad to share with you that after a long period of planning, the St. Joseph Hall repairing, remodeling, and upgrading project started at the beginning of this year. It will be completed by the beginning of May 2023.
The residents will have individualized rooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms. The number of residents living at St. Joseph Hall will be reduced; this is to follow the vision of St. Louis Guanella for his facilities: everyone needs to feel at home with a sense of belonging and have a place to call ‘my place.’
I want to thank all the benefactors who helped us in securing the needed money for this project and/or for donating needed items for this residential home.
Many of you have contributed to the matching drive we had last December and we raised 112.7%.
We are working towards many directions in such a way that St. Louis Center will continue to grow and offer hope to so many people following what St. John Paul II indicated during the celebration of the Jubilee Day for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the year 2000, to create the ‘after us’ program.
St. Louis Center started this project in 2010 and it is continuing in the full realization of that vision: the St. Joseph Hall renovation is part of it.
Many people are knocking at our doors but with the staffing crisis affecting our country, we regret that we are not able to offer services. We continue with our mission of love, service, and hope, trusting the Good Lord to inspire and guide us always.
Fr. Enzo Addari
This article appears in the Winter 2023 issue of St. Louis Spirit newsletter.