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Historical Timeline

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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    28 Nov
    Self- Sufficiency Class Teachers 2700 Cherokee Street St. Louis, MO
    28 Nov
    Weekend Cashier Angel Boutique Resale Shop
    28 Nov
    Weekday Cashier Angel Boutique Resale Shop

    Upcoming Events

    13 Sep
    Guardian Angel’s 27th Annual Golf Classic Persimmon Woods Golf Club

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    Guardian Angel Settlement is one of St. Louis' oldest nonprofits, providing community-focused programming for children, families, seniors and individuals.

    We are deeply grateful to all those who make our work possible. It’s been a busy year. Thanks to our generous community of supporters, Guardian Angel has cared for more than 170 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, providing a safe and engaging learning environment while their hard-working parents are at work or school. We expanded food pantry operations to make deliveries to homebound seniors. More than 250 households received assistance with their rent, helping these families keep a roof over their heads.We could not do this work without you. Thank you for your continued support.From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less
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