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Our Mission

Inspired by the Franciscan Values of compassion, dignity and respect, we support persons with developmental and other challenges to achieve their highest quality of life, personal growth and spiritual awareness.

Our Vision

St. Coletta of Wisconsin will be the premier provider of support services for adults with developmental disabilities and other challenges throughout their lifespan. Through dynamic partnerships, exceptional customer service, a demonstrated commitment to quality and spirituality, we will work with persons receiving services to achieve their best life possible.

Our Values

Creating a Caring Community

Sharing Compassion for Others

Reverance for Creation


History of St. Coletta of Wisconsin

2009 - The Alverno program closes. The final clients transition to their new home, the recently completed Dower Home in Clare Country Estates. The Alverno building will now begin its next chapter as new St. Coletta corporate headquarters.

2008 - Illinois homes grow to ten.

2002 - Development of Clare Country Estates begins. This is a fully integrated neighborhood utilizing existing land resources.

2001 - St. Coletta expands into northern Illinois with the purchase of homes in Arlington Heights and Palatine.

1998 - The first home is opened in Waukesha. A few years later, the program grows to five homes.

1995 - Individuals served by Coletta move out of a group home and into their own apartments, beginning a new chapter in the history of St. Coletta's programs in Madison.

1991 - Illinois Friends for St. Coletta-Wisconsin is established.

1983 - The Kennedy Family announced a gift in honor of Mrs. Rose Kennedy's 93rd birthday, to facilitate a program that would serve as a national model for aging persons with mental retardation.

1976 - The passing of Public Law 94-142 guaranteed a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment; non-discriminatory assessment prior to placement; the formulation of an individualized education plan for all persons placed in special education, and the right of parents to due process with respect to placement.

1965 - The St. Coletta Habilitation Program was initiated to encourage young adults with mental retardation to become successful community members.

1963 - The First International Awards for Achievement in the field of Mental Retardation, sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, was attended by Sr. M. Anastasia and Sr. Mary Theodore.

1948 - Serra Home was built and named in honor of a Franciscan missionary to the early California territory, Father J. Serra.

1931 - The St. Coletta Institute for Backward Youth was incorporated under a new title. "St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children". This title was chosen out of consideration for parents and family members; also for the residents, one of whom remarked, "We don't walk backward".

1904 - A family approached Father George Meyer about accepting their developmentally disabled daughter as a student.
In September, four pupils arrived at St. Coletta. By December, the enrollment grew to ten pupils, including boys.