Five Star Center


Experience. Service. Dedication.

Our History

Five Star Center was founded in 1976 by members of five neighborhood churches who identified a growing need to support the health and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities by providing nutritious meals and a place to gather. As a result of their collaborative efforts, the Center, then known as Five Church Older Adult Center, became a vital part of this south side community in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Five Star Center is an independent, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization not affiliated with any religious group or congregation.

Who We Serve

Five Star Center has been a pillar of the community by providing essential services to older adults and adults with disabilities living in St. Louis City. Our services include accessible transportation, home delivered meals, weekly lunches, recreation, socialization, and referral services.  We provide these services to a client base of over 500 individuals, many of whom are low-income or under-served. In 2017 we served over 4,500 lunches in-house, delivered over 71,000 meals to home-bound clients, and provided over 9,000 rides.

Five Star Center is committed to helping older adults maintain their independence by being a trusted community resource. By direct service and collaboration with other organizations in St. Louis City, we aim to provide the necessary supports and services to meet the evolving needs of aging citizens in our community.


Our Mission

To promote, maintain, improve and protect the quality of care for older adults and adults with disabilities living in St. Louis City, so they may live as independently as possible with dignity and respect.

Our Funders

Five Star Center’s services and operations are funded by the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis,  MoDOT, Regional Business Council, Charless Foundation - a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, Commerce Bancshares Foundation, Egnar Foundation, and individual donors and contributors.


“Five Star Center is by far the best activity center for older adults in the entire St. Louis metropolitan area. The services that it provides are invaluable to many elderly and disabled lower income individuals. Mike Howard and his caring staff provide excellent services, programs and support to all in need of them. Thank you for your dedication, and commitment.”

Judy M.

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Our Impact

in 2017


Board of Directors



Ann Auer

Vice President

Don Owens


Diane Magee


Joe Domian

Members at large

John Caraker
Margaret Czapla
Carol Galgani
Jackie Robinson
Afifa Yusof

Emeritus Members

William Mathis
David Vogler



Five Star Center Staff


Executive Director

Michael Howard

Assistant Director

Angela Banks

Activities Director

Joan Dougherty

Nutrition Supervisor

Belinda Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Jean Sutterfield


Carolyn Schultheis

Transportation Driver

Raymond Sutton

Home Meal Deliverers

Duncan Edmister
Kenna McClellan
Ivy Smiley
Keith Smith