Our History2024-04-24T17:43:03-05:00

Our History

The mission of Guardian Angel Settlement Association is to serve under-resourced community members by helping them improve the quality of their lives and achieve economic independence.

March 1859


Founded in Saint Louis, Missouri by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, an order of Roman Catholic women religious, as the House of the Guardian Angel, to serve “orphaned and friendless girls over 12 years of age.”

March 1911


Becomes one of the first Catholic Settlement Houses in the U.S. – an institution located within the community to which it provides assistance. The governance transferred to a lay board of directors, it formally changed to Guardian Angel Settlement.

March 1933

March 1963

January 1971


The Saint Patrick Day Care Center is established at 1200 North Sixth Street on the Near North Side. The first of a long history of day care centers run by Guardian Angel and the Daughters of Charity.

January 1988

January 2000


St. Patrick Day Care Center is closed and Gabriel Child Care Center is opened in the Cochran Community Center. Guardian Angel takes over the operations and management of Hosea House, a 25-year-old social services agency.

January 2009


Guardian Angel celebrates 150th anniversary of serving those in need in St. Louis, August 31, 2009. The grand opening of Child Development Center (current headquarters location) occurs on October 29, 2009.

January 2013


The first permanent fund, the Sr. Annalee Faherty, D.C. Service Endowment, is established. The Social Services Department and resale shop, the “Angel Boutique,” moves to a temporary location on Cherokee Street.

January 2019


The current Social Stability building opens at 3300 S Jefferson, which supports the community through the Angel Boutique, rent and utility assistance, a client choice food pantry, and self-sufficiency programming.

January 2022


Guardian Angel welcomed a new President & CEO, Reona Wise. Reona is thrilled to be part of Guardian Angel’s 164-year history of serving St. Louis, and shared, “My commitment is to make a positive impact, transform lives, and offer my God-given gift to serve others.”

Mission Moment

Jerome’s Story

Jerome has a long history at Guardian Angel Settlement Association. When he was a child, he attended the childcare program, and now his son is enrolled.

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