On Tuesday, December 22, St. Louis Center welcomed Congressman Tim Walberg and his Congressional Staffer, Dustin Krasny to discuss developments in the vision for St. Louis Guanella Village.
PR Director, Joe Yekulis, and Development Director, Peggy Cole, presented the architectural renderings and spoke about the specially designed Children’s Homes, cottage-style homes for persons with developmental disabilities, and a fitness center amongst other amenities. Mike Kutas, Finance Director, gave a brief overview of the progress in working with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to provide other mixed housing opportunities in the Village.
The representative of Michigan’s 7th District was impressed with the future plans of St. Louis Center and the grants from the Towsley Foundation and Herrick Foundation obtained by the Legacy Campaign Committee to begin work on the Children’s Homes. Congressman Walberg offered his support to assist St. Louis Center in carrying out its vision. He feels that this development will be an asset to the community and a model for other organizations when setting out to provide a continuum of care to an otherwise underserved population.
Fr. Enzo Addari, SLC Administrator, thanked Congressman Walberg for his continued support and compassion for the intellectually and developmentally disabled in his District and beyond.
St. Louis Center is a residential care facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located five miles west of Chelsea in Sylvan Twp. and operated by the Servants of Charity. For more information, please visit www.stlouiscenter.org.