Building Our Rainbow

Then

In the mid 1960s, several families wanted to ensure that their children with developmental disabilities would have a home and care once they could no longer provide for them. These families were faced with difficult decisions about the future of their loved ones. At the time, the prevailing recommendation for families of children with developmental disabilities was to place them in an institution. The founding families of Rainbow Village wanted to provide homes, not just housing, for their children and for other people with developmental disabilities. By starting with better living choices, they hoped to improve the quality of their own children's lives and so many other children like them.

By 1978, seven group homes, a community center, and a respite care center opened on nine acres in St. Louis County. The success of that initial program led to expansion throughout St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and St. Louis City.

Now

Rainbow Village currently houses more than 300 residents in 85 homes in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Whether on our main campus or in one of our neighborhood homes, living in a Rainbow Village home is even more than an address and a place to call home--it's the chance to be a part of the community. By maintaining our homes to the highest standards and constantly monitoring them to assess each individual's needs, we are able to provide safety, comfort, and independence for our residents.

Rainbow Village owns and maintains homes in the following communities:

 

  • Affton
  • Ballwin
  • Bellefontaine
  • Bridgeton
  • Chesterfield
  • Crestwood
  • Ferguson
  • Florissant
  • Hazelwood
  • Imperial
  • Lemay

 

 

  • Maryland Heights
  • Mehlville
  • Oakville
  • Overland
  • Spanish Lake
  • St. Charles
  • St. Louis City
  • St. Peters
  • Unincorporated St. Louis County
  • University City
  • Webster Groves

 

To view photographs of Rainbow Village homes, click here.

In addition to providing neighborhood homes, Rainbow Village operates the Wolff Community Center, a multi-use facility, which includes an indoor heated therapeutic swimming pool, a gymnasium, activity rooms and office space. Over 1,000 people use our community center annually - people with disabilities as well as the general public. Click here to view activities offered at the Wolff Community Center.

Rainbow Village collaborates with various support service agencies to best meet the housing needs of people with developmental disabilities. We are proud to work in partnership with the following agencies that supply caring assistance and support: St. Louis Arc, Easter Seals Midwest, Emmaus Homes, UCP of Greater St. Louis, Creative Concepts for Living, Bethesda, Bridges of MissouriResources for Human Development, Willows WayCenter StageCommunity Choice, Crider Health Center, Help at Home, Caring Solutions, Center Stage, Sunnyhill, Missouri Mentor, and Judevine.

Learn more about the history of Rainbow Village by viewing our memory book.  Contact Mike Rea, at 314.567.1522, ext. 207 or e-mail mrea@rbvstl.org for more details.