Great Circle’s Regional Engagement Center in
Webster Groves serving children and families

Successful $21.5 million Campaign for the Path Ahead
expands access to behavioral health services

In early 2018, Great Circle announced the successful completion of its four-year, $21.5 million “Campaign for the Path Ahead” that created a regional hub enabling children and families to access more educational, therapeutic and social support and services when they need it most. A statewide nonprofit, Great Circle is one of Missouri’s largest providers of family support and behavioral health services, serving more than 38,000 people each year.

Through the campaign, Great Circle has expanded its services and facilities available through its 22-acre Webster Groves campus, 330 N. Gore Avenue. The improvements mean the campus is well-equipped to meet today’s needs to provide behavioral health services to children and families.

Campus improvements include:

  • Significant upgrades to Great Circle’s residential cottages, which support children during temporary placements outside the home.
  • Expansion to the on-campus school to create more classrooms and educational spaces, and improved recreational areas, which now serves about 250 children in grades K-11 with emotional, behavioral and communications issues, on the autism spectrum, or in recovery from substance abuse.
  • Addition of the Janet T. and John Baumstark Community Impact Center and Orthwein Fieldhouse, which are multi-use buildings used for hosting community-wide programming, provide recreational space for youth served by Great Circle, and house administrative/office space.

Thanks to Donors: Thanks to the hundreds of individuals, companies and foundations that helped make Great Circle’s Campaign For The Path Ahead a tremendous success!  

Campaign Leadership gifts include:

  • John T. and Janet Baumstark. They have been involved with Great Circle for more than 35 years. The Community Impact Center has been named in their honor.
  • Joyce and Chauncy Buchheit. They first became involved with Great Circle through its Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, in Steelville. Their gift supported the major expansion of the Education Complex on campus.
  • William R Orthwein, Jr. & and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation. The Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Great Circle’s work. The new Fieldhouse is named in its honor.
  • J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation. Through its challenge grant to the campaign, the Foundation helped encourage additional significant giving, including support for upgrades to the residential cottages.
  • Centene Charitable Foundation. The Foundation’s gift focused on Great Circle’s educational program, and provided substantial support for the new school wing for children on the autism spectrum.

Campaign For The Path Ahead

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Campaign For The Path Ahead

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Campaign For The Path Ahead

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Ways to Support Great Circle

Gifts of cash can be used to meet our goal and you can specify a building and its program needs to support

Automatic gifts debited from your checking or savings account can save time, help you budget, and provide sustaining support for kids

Gifts of appreciated stock offer tax advantages and may cost less than cash gifts

Memorial and tribute gifts honor friends and loved ones while creating opportunities for children and families

Create a lasting legacy through a gift from your will or other estate plans

“My son was diagnosed with autism when he was 3. He couldn’t speak. He climbed on top of furniture. He became harder and harder to control. When I learned about Great Circle’s day school for kids with autism, I was almost without hope. Lucas was enrolled and things began to change. He started using picture communication and is toilet trained. He has even started to speak words. You saved my son’s life—and mine."
- Michael, Lucas’ dad

“Great Circle is truly a blessing for our family. Having a school for our son with teachers who understand his needs, are trained to respond to them, and most importantly, are willing to accept him and continue to work with him every day, is something for which our family is tremendously grateful.”
- Mike and Elizabeth

“I am very glad you did not give up on me, from that very first month on until we built a friendship and bond. Thank you so much for all of the time you took to spend time and talk with me.“
- Danielle