The Angelus was founded in 1979 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Within a few short months, The Angelus became “home” for eight children, ranging in age from 2 to 12 years.
The home was supported by State Funding, but the founders continued to work at night to supplement the income.
The Angelus then became a non-profit organization so they could begin to accept charitable gifts. The community responded with financial as well as volunteer help.
By 1985, The Angelus had 14 children entrusted to their care and the home in St. Petersburg was bursting at the seams.
A search for land began. Seventeen acres of beautiful wooded land was obtained in Pasco County which included a small two bedroom house. The first Angelus country home was completed in 1986 and in 1987 the second home was built by volunteers to accommodate all the children in St. Petersburg. Once reunited, The Angelus continued to grow.
A swimming pool was donated by two concerned men in the community, another home was built by a handicapped friend in 1996 and Charlie’s Lodge was built in 1999 by 600 volunteers to honor our good friend, Charlie Daniels.
Lastly, the pavilion was built in 2001 and is used by many groups in the community for social events as well as fund-raisers for The Angelus.
After nine years has passed since The Angelus was founded, and the children have grown to adults, no longer able to go to school, the need for a day program became evident. With a donated portable classroom, The Angelus Day Program opened in 1988.
Several adults in the community began attending daily classes from 9 to 3 each day, along with The Angelus adults. These folks are also in wheelchairs, living at home with their aging parents, traveling daily from surrounding communities. In one short year, the portable classroom became too crowded and once again, the Board of Directors formed a construction committee.
In July of 1990, a new 50 x 100 feet building was completed with the help of volunteer community labor. As many as 40 masons gathered and the walls went up in one day!! The Day Program expanded to include classes in computer skills, arts and crafts, miniature horse care, physical fitness, gardening, swimming and home economics.
A swimming pool was donated and this proved to be the best therapy for all. In 1996, the wood-shop was built with a Community Development Block Grant from Pasco County. Two vans were received from another CDBG making transportation feasible for the program attendees.
In 2006, a generous benefactor built a twin 50 x 100 building to expand our services and make room for more. A multi-sensory room was added as well as a hot house for our gardening class. A large generator was donated and this building serves as a hurricane shelter, not only for The Angelus residents, but for the people in the community that require special needs.
These additions allowed us to serve 40 individuals and the program is off and running.
The Angelus now has 5 group homes with the ability to serve 39 individuals.
The adult day program has grown with the capabilities of serving 45 persons. We have the space, the buildings, and the personnel to serve individuals require total care, but our hands are tied by lack of funding. Over the years numerous budget cuts are making it almost impossible for us to provide all the services we are capable of.
Many people are waiting to be included in the government Medicaid Waiver system, but the wait is often 5 years long!! Presently, the funding provides 76% of our costs leaving the remaining 24% as donations, bequests and gifts from our friends.
With the continued help of the community, the goals and philosophy of The Angelus will be maintained and the quality of life for the people who cannot help themselves will be assured.
The Angelus relies heavily on donations and community involvement. To make a financial donation you can choose to make a one-time donation or you can schedule monthly donations. Any and all donations are welcome.
The Angelus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. I EIN: 59-1971002