In 2010, St. Louis Center made the decision to launch the Legacy Project in order to ensure that the Center will be here, for many decades to come, to meet the changing 21st century needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The number of older adults with I/DD has grown over the last few decades thanks to advanced medical and professional care, higher quality lifestyles, and proper resources. Today people with I/DD are living well into their 60s and beyond.
Over 75% of Americans with I/DD live with their families and more than 25% of family care providers are over the age of 60. The aging of our society will increase demand for services for people with I/DD who currently reside with aging family members.
This discussion includes people with autism. What will happen to the 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed with autism as they reach adulthood? In the U.S., approximately 500,000 children with autism will become adults over the next 10 years.
Who will care for these individuals when their parents are gone or no longer able to care for them and their family members are potentially hundreds of miles away? This is one of the major challenges St. Louis Center is facing.
The Legacy Project will sustain the Center’s tradition of delivering compassionate, dignified care and make the promise to families that their children will be cared for by SLC for as long as is necessary. The Project is comprised of a series of renovation and new construction projects as well as the development of new enrichment programs for residents. The Project will culminate in the construction of the St. Louis Guanella Village. New housing built in the Village will guarantee the provision of the full continuum of care for aging people with I/DD and will provide housing and care opportunities for them and their families.
This Project is being supported financially through the Legacy Campaign. By supporting the Campaign, you become a Saint for St. Louis Center. Meet some of our Saints.