A teenage boy and an elderly man, both with developmental disablities are sitting on a couch and participating in a music therapy class in the photo on the left. The photo at right shows a man with Down Syndrome planting vegetables in a garden.button that takes you to the page to Donate to St. Louis Center


Agency Overview

St. Louis Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) residential community in Chelsea, MI for boys and adult men and women with I/DD. Our Children's Program accepts boys between 6 and 18 and our Adult Program accepts men and women 18 and older. Our programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and the agency is accredited by CARF.

button that takes you to a page detailing Guanellian Mission principlesSt. Louis Center opened in 1960 and is administered by the Servants of Charity, an International order of priests and brothers whose primary mission is to care for people with I/DD, the poor, and the abandoned. Based on the principles expounded by their Founder, St. Louis Guanella, SLC provides a family atmosphere and promotes the development of the whole person according to each one's capabilities.


Our vision is to create a future in which every resident is provided a continuum of life-long care in a safe, comfortable, supportive, and family-like environment in which the individual's right to self-determination and personal decision-making, along with the need for dignity, respect, tradition and spirituality are honored.


What's Happening in our Community

Annual Christmas Program Three men with developmental disabilities and their female caregiver are on the stage in the St. Louis Center gym singing Christmas carols.

The staff and residents are busy preparing their skits and costumes in order to help prepare our hearts for Christmas. The annual event will be held this year on Sunday, December 13th at 5:30pm. If you want to see some of the most heart-warming Christmas plays, join the residents and their families for this performance in the St. Louis Center gym.


St. Louis Center Events Two women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are in the St. Louis Center garden picking tomatoes.

The residents of St. Louis Center enjoy outings and activities throughout the year, if you or your organization would like to host an event call Rick Visel at 475-8430.

See our Events Schedule for a full list of the St. Louis Center fundraisers and special events!

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St. Louis Center has achieved accreditation from CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation means we have met the highest standards of quality in our community housing services to support our residents.