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Building a Community Phase II

“Do not cast me away at the time of old age; when my strength fails, do not forsake me.”
— Psalm/Tehillem
chapter 71
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Building on a Solid Foundation

Crown Center for Senior Living (Crown Center) is unique in St. Louis. No other nonprofit offers Crown Center’s strong community and breadth of services for older adults of all income levels. Founded in 1967 by the National Council of Jewish Women, Crown Center began with the Tallin Building’s independent living apartments, and in 1995 added the Weinberg Building, creating a total of 244 units.

Crown Center, Inc. was established in 1995 to support Crown’s “whole person” approach, offering programs and services to both residents and retirees in the surrounding area.

Crown Center’s programs are designed to enhance the lives of older adults, and to bolster their ability to prevent decline and frailty through social connection, physical activity and meaningful engagement.

The Crown Center community is diverse and dynamic. Rooted in the Jewish tradition to care for our elders, Crown Center values each and every individual and proudly serves a diverse community. Ranging in age from 62 to 98+, clients have varying nationalities, religions, income levels, capabilities, needs, and interests.

Building on Success

With a 50-year track record and a current occupancy rate over 98%, Crown Center is a successful, financially stable nonprofit agency. Fueled by a strong staff and a dedicated board of directors, the time is right to invest in the physical infrastructure to ensure that Crown Center can continue to grow and serve seniors in need.

“I just never expected my retirement years would be this much fun.”
— Faye G.

An investment in Crown Center is an investment in the only St. Louis affordable senior housing provider that is also a neighborhood hub and resource for retirees in the area.


• Crown Center Phase II Building

• Crown Center Endowment

• Weinberg Building improvements

• Circle@Crown Cafe renovations

• Programs and services for residents and community clients

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Crown Center leadership is committed to assisting older adults with limited financial resources to live fully and with joy, security and dignity. Crown Center offers an excellent caring community with programs, services and access to resources for a diverse clientele.

• 60% of residents are members of a minority or immigrant group

• 80% of residents live on an annual income under $25,000

• 20% of residents live on an annual income under $15,000

Many face challenges including mobility impairments, visual or hearing limitations, and limited familial support.

Phase I


CROWN CENTER 1995 - 2023

Crown Center consisted of the Weinberg Building (left) and the Tallin Building (right) and an entrance in the center that served as a link.



A new Phase 1 building was built to house the Staenberg Commons and 52 apartments.

To Be summercompleted 2024


For the completion of Phase I, the Tallin Building was demolished freeing up space for Phase II construction.

To Be wintercompleted 2027

Building the Staenberg CommonsCommunity Living Center with connector spaces will expand the life-enhancing programs and services we offer to residents as well as local neighbors. The 10-story Tallin Building will be replaced with two 5-story apartment buildings. One of these buildings will be completed in Phase I.

Phase II


The Phase II 5-story apartment building will be completed, which together with Phase I will result in 120 affordable apartments.

Extensive renovation of the existing Weinberg Building will bring another 118 affordable apartments up to current standards for access and usability, resulting in a total of 238 units on our site.

The new and renovated apartments will be funded using Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits and a minimal mortgage.


Phase II apartment building will be constructed and the existing Weinberg Building will be renovated.

Building a Place to Live, Learn & Connect


More than a senior residence, Crown Center is a well-respected and highly utilized community center accessible to all older adults living in the area.

The new Staenberg Commons is the centerpiece of the Crown Center campus and is available for residents as well as more than 300 retirees in surrounding neighborhoods.

The goal is to help our residents and neighbors remain active, live independently, and find meaning and purpose, no matter their financial circumstances.

The physical facilities will help create a welcoming atmosphere where all seniors feel they belong. The 12,500 square foot Staenberg Commons will have a designated entrance, making it accessible for community clients, while also making it secure for Crown Center residents.

Comfortable spaces will accommodate those with mobility, vision or hearing challenges. Areas will be usable for celebrations and will offer privacy when necessary. Lighting, seating, table heights, flooring, wall coverings, technology and acoustics will be scaled to maximize use.


AARP research shows that nearly 90% of seniors over age 65 prefer to live in their home and community as long as possible. By providing “barrier free” programs and services, Crown allows low-income seniors the ability to live independently, whether at Crown Center or in the surrounding neighborhood.

“Look at all the programs they offer for the whole community. All seniors are welcome to take part in what’s offered here.”
— Bonnie J.

Through collaborations with other respected institutions and agencies, Crown Center provides valuable opportunites for low-income seniors who wouldn’t otherwise have access.

Key program partners include:

• COCA and Contemporary Art MuseumArts programming

• Oasis – Adult learning and physical fitness opportunities

• Washington University – Crown serves as a research and practicum site for graduate level social work and public health students.

Our programs reflect Jewish values and traditions.

“I was an aging man living alone. About nine months after my wife passed away, I came to live at Crown Center. Now, my life is full. I can keep kosher and celebrate the Jewish holidays with my new friends.

Had I remained at home, I would be lonely. But here, with people of all backgrounds living around me, Crown Center is like a little village.

Living here, I feel honored as someone who has been on this earth a long time. My life is enriched by this community.”

8350 Delcrest Drive

St. Louis, MO 63124-2166

phone: (314) 991-2055



Crown Center is an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high quality living and services to enable residents to flourish independently, creating inspiring programming to enable both residents and other community seniors to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and honoring our Jewish values and traditions.



Mark Rubin President

Andy Thorp Executive Director

Amy Bender-Levy

Scott Bernstein

Emily Caine

Dan Cohen

Pamela Dern

Todd Goldenhersh

Sheldon Harber

Josh Hutkins

Alvah Levine

Estelle Rochman

Darryl Sagel

Jill Schupp

Erin Schuver

Michelle Schwerin

Ann Spector

Clifford Tager

Jody Waldman

Cindy Lander Wallach


Sally Altman

Les Borowsky

Jeffrey Cohen

Keith Cohen

Ted Flom

Betsy Garland

Nikki Goldstein

Randall Green

Petie Karsh

Joe Marchbein

Merle Miller (z”l)

Jeffrey Rosenblum

Steven Rosenblum

Richard Tallin

Miriam Wilhelm

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