Chelsea, MI — June 7, 2012 — CARF International announced that St. Louis Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its residential care program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to St. Louis Center.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
St. Louis Center is a nonprofit organization with offices at 16195 Old US-12, Chelsea, MI. It has been providing residential care and life skills training to persons with special needs in the Chelsea area since 1960. Established by the Archdiocese of Detroit, St. Louis Center has been operated and maintained by the Servants of Charity congregation of religious priests since its inception. According to Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., Administrator, “As a peer review process, it’s great that the values of St. Louis Center have been acknowledged in such a visible and positive way.”
According to CARF evaluators, St. Louis Center demonstrates exemplary conformance to the standards. “The fundraising efforts of the organization are extensive…For FY 2011, 30 percent of the total revenue of the organization came from fundraising and donations. These activities show creativity and allow for community education and involvement of all, including persons served and families. There is a strong sense from persons served, families, staff members, and the community that SLC fundraising is a fun family activity that benefits a worthy organization and gives dignity to the persons served.”
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.
For additional information about St. Louis Center, please contact Public Relations Director Joe Yekulis at 734-475-8430, or visit the St. Louis Center website at www.stlouiscenter.org.