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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

Aktion Club Christmas CardsA Christmas card is sitting on a window ledge.

The St. Louis Center Aktion Club is once again selling Christmas Cards this year to help support the Kiwanis Eliminate Project. The cost is $10 for 10. All proceeds will go directly to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project. This is an opportunity for a group of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to share their talents and help support a worthy project.

If you are interested in purchasing some cards, please contact Rick Visel at 734.475.8430 or by email rickv@stlouiscenter.org


Check out the Community 'Fitness for Life' Program


iPad Training at St. Louis CenterThe   entryway into Fther Guanella Hall at St. Louis Center. It is under construction and some new siding will be attached near the main facade.

A new friend of SLC, Melissa Archer, donated her time June 20th to train the residents to use iPad devices to assist their learning. To help, SLC is asking for donations of iTunes gift cards to defer the cost of some of the more costly, specialized apps. They can be mailed or dropped off to: Liz Aslin at St. Louis Center. Full iPad Story

Father Guanella Hall Project Photos


St. Louis Center Events for Residents A man with intellectual disabilities is eating  cotton candy inside of the St. Louis Center gym.

The residents of St. Louis Center enjoy outings and activities throughout the year, see the calendar of events for more details.

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.