Give Here IconEndowment Fund Match Challenge in Memory of Peter Shmina

A message from Andy Shmina…

June 11, 2024

Dear Travel companions, It’s been a few weeks since we returned from our wonderful trip through Europe with Fr Enzo. I hope you are settling back into a normal rhythm of life.

After our tour of Como and Fraciscio, Italy, and recollecting the life of Fr Guanella, I was reminded that one of the charisms of the Servants of Charity is to pray for those suffering and dying today that they have a holy death. The model of a holy death is Saint Joseph who died surrounded by Jesus and Mary.

On August 9, 2010, we had to rush our son, Peter to UM Hospital. My thought was ‘we need a priest’. My Parish priest was out of town. Providentially I had just joined the Community Advisory Council of the Saint Louis Center. So I called Fr. Joe Rinaldi. He immediately started prayers for Peter at the Pious Union of Saint Joseph in Grass Lake. Fr. Fortunato Turati was at the hospital within half an hour. He prayed with Peter, anointed him, gave him the sacrament of anointing of the sick and spent the day with our family at the hospital. Later in the day, Peter passed away.

By way of offering thanksgiving for all the Servants of Charity have done for our family on that day and over the next 14 years, the fund we set up to remember our son Peter, the Peter Shmina Memorial fund is matching donations to the Saint Louis Center endowment, dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

Thank you for your friendship, prayers and support. We had a wonderful time with you all on the Dream Tour III !

THANK YOU for supporting St. Louis Center in Memory of Peter Shmina
  • Amount of $50,000 MATCH met: 27.0% 27.0%

Because of the generosity of the Shmina Family, your donation of any amount to the St. Louis Center Endowment Fund is now matched up to $50,000.

Why This Matters:
Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of your generosity. By contributing, you help ensure the St. Louis Center continues to provide exceptional care and support to its residents. Whether large or small, every donation helps secure the future of the St. Louis Center and the vital services it provides. You are tangibly helping the Center thrive and maintain its lasting legacy, and with the Match, your current donation helps twice as much.

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

It is through the kindness of the many supporters that St. Louis Center continues to provide care and dignity to those who reside in our community. There are many ways one can share with the residents of St. Louis Center and we appreciate them all.

77% of donations received go to the care of the Center’s residents. According to the 2022 audit, St. Louis Center administrative and overhead expenses were only 23%, in line with well-managed nonprofit best practices.



In honor of the memory of Peter Shmina
The parents of Peter Shmina are generously matching all donations made to the St. Louis Center Endowment Fund up to $50,000