Progress continues on St. Joseph Hall renovations
St. Joseph Hall was established on the east end of the St. Louis Center campus in 1984, thanks to the generosity of Mary Elizabeth Doyle. It has been home to adult men ever since, providing a welcoming atmosphere nestled between oak trees, with a charming view of the pond. As the 40th Anniversary of the construction of St. Joseph Hall approached, it was clear that it was time to update the building and interior to provide a private bedroom suite for each resident.
Work is advancing steadily with some areas nearing completion, and other areas well underway!
The beginning of the project was announced on page 2 of Winter 2022 edition of St Louis Spirit News. The kitchen area, fireplace, basement, and hall areas are progressing nicely, as well as some of the supporting infrastructure. While the weather has been challenging to the work schedule, the goal remains to complete construction by late spring, with a grand reopening this summer!
Still more to be done
In 1984 when St. Joseph Hall was built, the cost to construct the entire building was approximately $500,000. Today the necessary renovations are in excess of $900,000. This includes a new roof and heating system upgrades. New furniture is also on order for the living rooms, dining rooms, and private bedrooms. Donations to make this all possible are greatly appreciated.
While money has been consistently set aside in preparation for this project, costs have gone up for nearly all construction projects post-pandemic.
Please consider a donation of any amount to put toward the renovation of St. Joseph Hall. Every dollar makes a difference in helping St. Louis Center achieve the vision of providing residents with I/DD with the opportunity to “enjoy the fullness of life in an integrated and thriving community.”