Three areas of need

Learn more about St. Louis Center’s three areas of greatest need.


Supports the day-to-day operational needs of the Center, including resident care, food, programs for residents, shelter, and clothing.


The Legacy Project supports all capital needs of the Center, including maintaining and renovating existing buildings, and construction on the future of St. Louis Center: St. Louis Guanella Village.


Donations to the endowment for St. Louis Center are invested in perpetuity to ensure that the organization has a steady source of income into the future.

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



A generous donor is
matching all donations
of $1000 to $25,000
Now through July 31, 2021



$267 – Provides a DAY of CARE
$18,690 – Provides A YEAR of CARE

This is a great opportunity for a club, church or organization to care for a resident for one year!

Contact Christina Ferris, Development Director
734-475-8430 to learn more


Your donation has immediate impact.

It’s easy to donate, whether online, by check, as a monthly sustainer, or with in-kind gifts. Every donation serves the St. Louis Center residents by providing basic needs for our growing community. Click below to donate today, and don’t hesitate to contact us by phone phone or email e-mail with any questions about the services we provide.

Benevolent Care

Annual gifts and general donations from St. Louis Center supporters provide the funding needed for residents. These gifts help ensure that residents’ basic needs are provided for each day.

Those with I/DD experience the aging process far earlier and to cover the increasing cost of their care, St. Louis Center must raise funds each year to provide benevolent care and make up for the gap not covered by earned revenue.

St. Louis Center relies on the generosity of donors to raise 65% of its operating budget each year—or about $2.3 million. Your donations help provide a secure, loving home for the Center’s residents, some of whom have lived here for more than 40 years!

That’s a large number, but it breaks down to $267 per resident, per day, beyond the cost of state and federal reimbursements. Your Benevolent Care contribution covers everything we need to care for residents, including:

  • Around the clock care – SLC’s biggest expense
  • Housing
  • Home-cooked meals, including specialized diets for 73% of residents
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries and essentials
  • Nursing services
  • Medical needs and appointments
  • Social work support

Residents enjoy a rich, stimulating environment at St. Louis Center to help them grow and develop to the best of their ability. Your contribution also helps provide life-enriching programs, such as:

  • Pet therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Adaptive movement
  • Music therapy
  • Specialized care services such as Montessori-Inspired Lifestyles for the Center’s aging adults.

When you make a gift to St. Louis Center you have the option to designate your gift to a specific need. If not specified, gifts will be used to address the most critical areas.

The Legacy Project

In 2010, St. Louis Center embarked on the journey to build an intentional community for people of all abilities on its rural Chelsea, MI campus. Through the Legacy Campaign, we have raised more than $10 million and taken the first step of making that dream a reality.

The population of adults age 60 and older with I/DD is growing dramatically, growing to an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the next 10 years. Those with I/DD begin the aging process early, leaving them and their parents facing the issues of aging at the same time. There are very few residential care facilities designed for their care. It is because of this urgent need that St. Louis Center is continuing work on its ambitious goal to create St. Louis Guanella Village, where those with I/DD can live a safe and fulfilled life, and where their families may also reside.

Legacy Capital Projects – Phase I Completed

  • 2011 – Family Welcome & Orientation Center Site Improvements
  • 2012 – Renovations of Bathrooms at St. Joseph Hall
    Installation of new Windows in Residences
  • 2013 – Special Needs Playground/Park
  • 2014 – Renovation of Fr. Guanella Hall for Assisted Living
  • 2017 – Waste Water Treatment Facility
  • 2018 – Four Village Cottage Homes for 20 residents

Legacy Capital Projects – Phase II 

  • Retaining Wall Repair


    • Retaining Wall Repair (Main Building)
    • Gym and Lobby HVAC System Replacement (Main Building)
    • Asbestos Removal (Main Building)
  • 2021
    • Six Bedroom Cottage Home for Adult Residents
    • Four Bedroom Cottage Home for Adult Residents
    • Single Family Home for lease
    • Duplex Family Home for two families for lease
    • Administration Building
    • Martin Hall Renovation (Main Building) for new Social Work Offices

Future Phase II Construction Plans

  • 2021-2022 Kitchen Renovation (Main Building)
  • Knights of Columbus Hall Renovation (Main Building)
  • Additional Cottage Homes for Adult Residents
  • Additional Homes for Lease to Families
  • Wellness Center
  • Village Chapel
  • Retail Center providing training and employment opportunities for residents
  • Housing for Servants of Charity religious community

We will soon be launching the next phase of the Legacy Campaign to ensure future development of St. Louis Guanella Village so that we can serve the needs of persons with I/DD well into the future.

Help fulfill these lives… and this dream.

The Legacy Project has fulfilled Phase I with residents living enjoying the bright horizons of their new homes. Help us serve the needs of persons with I/DD into the future by contributing to Phase II. Call us at phone, e-mail, or set up a lunch appointment or tour at St. Louis Center. We are here to answer all of your questions!

Endowment Gifts

Make a lasting gift

If you would like to make a lasting gift to St. Louis Center that will live on into the future, a gift to one of the Center’s endowment funds might be the right option for you. Endowments are permanently invested funds that earn interest and dividends that can provide a steady stream of income to St. Louis Center in the future. The principal is permanently restricted and will never be touched, making an endowment a wonderful reserve that will create a financial bedrock for the organization.

St. Louis Center has set an ambitious long-term goal of establishing a $40 million endowment in the next 12 years. A gift to one of the Center’s endowment funds, whether through an outright or a planned gift, will help us meet that goal and help provide a more secure future for the organization. The Center has three current or planned endowment funds to best meet the needs and values of its donors:

  • Endowment Fund at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan
  • Endowment Fund at the Bank of Ann Arbor
  • Endowment Fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (This endowment fund is planned for the future; your gift may be able to help us establish this new fund.)

Your donation to any of these endowments is tax-deductible. Most importantly, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will live on in perpetuity, creating a lasting source of support for St. Louis Center.
If you would like to discuss making an endowment gift, contact Development Director Christina Ferris at 734-475-8430 or via email.

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Talk to us!

Every generous gift of someone’s time or funds is of value to St. Louis Center. Often individuals would like to contribute in some way but would prefer guidance to more completely understand their options. We can help. It all starts with a conversation. Whether it is via phone, e-mail, lunch appointment, or a meet-and-greet visit at St. Louis Center, our Development Department is ready to hear from you!


Come visit usWe welcome you to visit us in person.

There is no better way to feel the warmth of the St. Louis Center community or to see the beauty of our surroundings than to meet us on site.

Have you considered a lasting gift?
Come talk with us about planned gifts that will make a difference in the lives of our residents for years to come. If you are interested in becoming a donor or for answers to any questions you may have, contact Christina Ferris, Development Director.

Do you or your group have an interest in community service or volunteer hours?
There are many opportunities available in programs, gardening, fundraisers, and other activities or programs. Learn more about volunteering at St. Louis Center here, or use the form to schedule a visit to see first-hand ways to be involved.

Note that this form is for visits other than tours of SLC facilities in consideration of possible residency. If you are seeking a home for your loved with I/DD please schedule a facility tour with a Social Work Specialist here: Village Facilities & Homes.