The mission of Foundations Of Love, Inc is to enhance the lives and living environments of low-income adults with developmental disabilities living in St. Charles County.
“Home is not just a structure or building, it’s an atmosphere of belonging, warmth, and support”, according to Karen Schneider, founder of Foundations Of Love. The vision of Foundations Of Love has deep roots back to Karen’s childhood in the 1960s when her father quietly advocated for a local, severely crippled black man, known to her family as “Uncle Louie”. Karen’s Dad and a few other men in the community worked together to provide “Uncle Louie” with financial support and a small house trailer to call “home” after his small shanty
house had burned. Karen recalls that he was regularly included at Schneider family gatherings to celebrate Easter, Christmas and other holidays.
Years later, in 2004, Karen became a financial and personal advocate for Johanna, a middle-aged woman with developmental disabilities, who was attending Karen’s church. As their friendship grew, Karen recognized a need for alternative housing choices that promote stability and inclusion for these special people in the community. She sought to better understand the needs and the desires of these individuals and their families living in St. Charles County. It was through this experience that Karen began researching the feasibility of creating an organization that would allow people with developmental disabilities the same opportunity her Dad and his friends provided “Uncle Louie”.
By 2007, Karen was ready to establish Foundations Of Love, Inc., to start raising the money to address the needs of these people who have special needs and a strong desire to live in the community near their friends, social activities and services. Most of all, the vision is for the clients of Foundations Of Love to have access to live in places to call home.
In early 2009, Foundations Of Love received their not-for-profit, tax-exempt status as a 501c3 charity organization. To celebrate, they hosted their first public fundraiser, and raised $30,000 as seed money to launch their future activities.
December 2011 launched the Wishing Well program. The Wishing Well program is focused on fulfilling the wishes of qualified applicants in July and December, each year in an effort to improve their quality of life. Individuals who have developmental disabilities are often on fixed incomes and must do without the little “indulgences” in life. Thus, the Wishing Well program goes beyond basic needs and grants wishes for items such as decorated Christmas trees, small kitchen appliances, CD/DVD players, and trips to local sporting events and attractions.
Please read these two articles about Foundations of Love.