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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.”

1865

Sponsorship of Agency transferred from the St. Louis Archdiocese to the Daughters of Charity.

1881

Major renovation of the original Agency building at 1029 Marion completed.

1896

The Great Cyclone of 1896 causes extensive damage to the Agency building.

1911

Becomes one of the first Catholic Settlement Houses in the United States; governance transferred to a lay board of directors; the name is formally changed to Guardian Angel Settlement. A settlement house is an institution located within the community to which it provides assistance.

1933

Becomes a member of United Charities, the forerunner of the United Way of Greater Saint Louis.

1963

To make way for a new City park, the Agency moves to the Darst-Webbe public housing project on Saint Louis’ Near South Side.

1971

Establishes the Saint Patrick Day Care Center at 1200 North Sixth Street on the Near North Side.

1981

Establishes the De Sales Day Care Center at 2652 Iowa St.

1988

Transfers its headquarters to 1022 Saint Ange Lane, the site of the former Holy Guardian Angel Parish.

1992

Social Services Department expands into the adjacent former school building.

2000

St. Patrick Day Care Center is closed and Gabriel Child Care Center is opened in the Cochran Community Center.

2001

Takes over the operations and management of Hosea House, a 25-year-old social services agency.

2007

Begins fundraising efforts for the new Child Development Center.

2009

Groundbreaking for Child Development Center occurs on Feb. 19, 2009.

2009

Agency celebrates 150th anniversary of serving those in need in St. Louis, August 31, 2009.

2009

Ribbon cutting for Child Development Center (current headquarters location) occurs on October 29, 2009.

2013

Establishes first permanent fund, the Sr. Annalee Faherty, D.C. Service Endowment.

2015

Social Services Department moves to temporary location on Cherokee Street. The resale shop also moves to this facility and is renamed “Angel Boutique.”

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