Crown Center - Building a Community - A Year in Review

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A Year in Review

Crown Center for Senior Living

Dear Friends,

As we reflect on the past year, we are delighted to present you with this report “Building a Community.”

It serves as a testament to the collective efforts and unwavering support that have allowed Crown Center to continue its mission of fostering a community rooted in Jewish values, where all older people can thrive.

The heart of our organization lies not only in the programs and services we provide but also in the stories of those who passionately contribute to our cause. We are humbled and inspired by the generosity of our capital campaign donors, whose stories and motivations exemplify the true essence of communal responsibility.

In the following pages, you will have the privilege to get acquainted with just a few of these remarkable individuals and families dedicated to our mission. Their reasons for supporting us are as diverse as they are powerful.

At Crown Center, we believe in the dignity of each and every individual and strive to create a nurturing space where older individuals can find joy, purpose, and a sense of belonging.

In this report, you will also find a comprehensive overview of the various initiatives and programs that have allowed us to make a significant difference in the lives of seniors. From health and wellness services to cultural enrichment programs, our offerings are carefully curated to address the unique needs of those we serve.

None of this would be possible without the unwavering dedication of our staff, volunteers, and community partners. Their hard work and commitment form the bedrock on which Crown Center’s success is built, and we are profoundly grateful for their contributions.

As we look to the future, we are filled with hope and determination to continue our mission. Thank you for being an integral part of our journey. Your support has made all the difference.

With deepest gratitude, Mark and Nikki

We’re grateful to those who generously supported Crown’s capital campaign so that new homes and gathering places could be built. These supporters have ensured that there are warm, welcoming and accessible spaces where older people can live, connect and enjoy.

The Lubin-Green Foundation

a Supporting Foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Pictured from front left: Linda and Matt Renner, Karole Green, Katherine Green, Tom, Jr. and Ingrid Green.

Second row from left: Toby Weber, Izzy Green, Bryce Weber.

Third row from left: Grace Renner, Chloe Weber, Sara Green.

Fourth row from left: Joe Renner, Katrin Renner.

Not pictured: Miles Weber

“We give in honor and memory of our patriarch, husband, father and grandfather, Tom Green, who valued people, all people, and who believed deeply in giving back to society.”
Tom Green

“I’m involved with quite a few community organizations. None are as important to me as Crown Center. When I was asked to join the board 14 years ago, I was drawn to its commitment to the older adults it served: not just the apartments, but the lifestyle.

My parents taught me to give back to the community. They touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls over a lifetime of service, first at Council House, then Camp Hawthorne (Sabra’s predecessor) and finally at their own camp, Camp Thunderbird. It was how they made the world a better place, boy by boy, girl by girl.”

“Speedy” Gene and Honey Altman with two of their daughters.
“ We support Crown Center because it makes the world a better place. We follow in the footsteps of our parents, committing both our resources and our time, to ensure that Crown Center endures for future generations of older adults.”
Sally Altman and Dick Weiss
– Sally Altman
Dick Weiss and Sally Altman Sally Altman

“My Grandmother had lived in the original Delcrest Building, so there was an early connection. I was privileged to deliver Meals on Wheels from Crown for a number of years. I became friendly with the people I delivered to – sometimes they hadn’t spoken with someone all day. The many services and companionship provided at Crown Center have a great impact on the lives of the residents. It feels great to be able to contribute to the new building and be part of something special.”

Gloria and Sandy (z”l) Spitzer always felt it was important to protect and take care of senior adults, building a legacy of philanthropy, always giving back of their time. They volunteered throughout their lives.

Sandy (z”l) and Gloria Spitzer

Les Borowsky

“T he incredibly talented and passionate Staff, Board and Volunteers of Crown make possible such a joyous and comfortable home for so many. It is a privilege to be a part of Crown Center and to know that our small contribution in that endeavor affords a safe and happy place for seniors.”

Les Borowsky has been involved at Crown Center for decades and has served in many capacities including as Board President and is currently a member of Crown’s Council of Life. Les and Wendy Borowsky continue to support Crown Center in honor and in memory of their parents.

Les’ parents, Pearl and William Borowsky

Wendy’s parents, Sally and Robert Freiman

Alan and Peggy Schaeffer

We follow the example of Peggy’s father, Al Kopolow. The Kopolow brothers always supported Jewish causes and set the precedent for giving within our family. They made it a priority to never turn anyone away who was in need.”

Ruth & Albert Kopolow
The Kopolow Family

In June 2023, we opened the doors to the Crown Center Phase 1 Apartment Building and the new community center, The Staenberg Commons, welcoming all to our community.

Looking back, 2022 was the year when once again, we gathered together as a community. Crown persevered, despite ongoing interruptions in our daily lives, and continued prioritizing the ongoing needs of seniors – those who call Crown home, and those who count on Crown as their community center. Here is a snapshot of Crown Center’s past year.

Crown Center’s Dining Programs

provide Kosher Vaad-approved meals that are prepared in the kitchens at the Circle@Crown Cafe and Crown Center.

19,000+ Kosher meals were prepared and delivered to clients.

Social Services staff

help residents and community members meet the challenges of aging by providing case management, counseling and referrals for support services.

227 residents utilized services provided by Crown’s social services staff.

53 non-residents had contacts with Crown social workers for supportive services.

1,700+ interactions occurred between Crown social workers and senior adults.

Programming includes social connections, experiences, and productive engagement to bolster an individual’s ability to age-in-place and live independently.

132 fitness, health and wellness programs helped participants stay fit and mobile.

70 Jewish life experiences – holiday celebrations, and literary arts opportunities, and special events gave spiritual substance.

148 visual, culinary, theatre, dance, literary and arts opportunities enriched lives.

120+ residents & community seniors rely on Meals onWheels for their daily nutritional needs.

Volunteers include both community participants and Crown residents.

1,710 hours of service were generously provided by Crown volunteers.

102 individual volunteers helped Crown in a variety of roles.

Financially Crown Center is sound with a sustainable portfolio of diversified and predictable revenue streams that support Crown’s Mission.

Services Revenue

(not including rental income)

$1.28 M

Supporting Foundations, Corporate Gifts and Grants

Aging Well Healthcare

Aging Ahead

Ameren Missouri


Berger Memorial

Ephraim Block Charitable Trust

Boeing Employees Community Fund

Gladys K. Crown Foundation

Cruse Charitable Trust

Max & Drew Erlich Charitable Trust

The FS Foundation, Inc.

Ruth Greenberg Memorial Trust of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Sidney & Bobette Guller

500 meals per week were packaged and delivered with the help of volunteers as part of Crown’s Meals on Wheels program. $6.5+ million was raised for Crown Center’s Capital Campaign.

Family Foundation

JCA Charitable Foundation

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Jossem Fund, a supporting fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kahn Foundation of Temple Israel

Kopolow Fund

Edward and Thea Lawton Foundation

Lopata Charitable Foundation

Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Marillac Mission Fund

Meals on Wheels America

The Pinkerton Foundation

Regional Business Council

Rindskopf-Roth Funeral Chapel

Royal Banks of Missouri

Rehab Professionals, Inc.

Russell HBD

St. Louis Jewish Light

The Martin Silk Foundation

Staenberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

The Trio Foundation of St. Louis

Veterans United Foundation

Waxman Associates

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Special Funds at Crown Center

Chused Cultural Arts Fund

Gloria Cohen Volunteer Fund

Saul & Marilyn Dien Program Fund

Birdie Fischer Fund

Goldman-Prince Charitable Fund

Nikki Goldstein Resident Needs Fund

Lopata Fitness Fund

Neal Novack Music Fund

Jean Sloofman Payuk Fund

Myla Rosenblum Learning Fund

Steven Rosenblum Fund

Lillian Samet Social Work Fund

The Silk Foundation Technology Fund

Benjamin & Ida Tallin Fund

Martin & Ethel Wishnuff Birthday Fund

=Grants and Charitable Foundations 26% =Contracts 33% =Individual Donors 15% =Program/Cafe Fees 26%
Housing Revenue Sources $1.77
=Tenants 37% =HUD Subsidy 63%

We hope you’ll support our 2023 annual Friends Giving Campaign which begins in September. If you want to get a jump on your giving, an envelope is enclosed for your convenience.

8350 Delcrest Drive St. Louis, MO 63124-2166

(314) 991-2055

Crown Center Board of Directors

Mark Rubin


Nikki Goldstein

Executive Director

Sally Altman

Amy Bender-Levy

Scott Bernstein

Emily Caine

Dan Cohen

Pamela Dern

Todd Goldenhersh

Sheldon Harber

Alvah Levine

Nancy Novack


Crown Center is 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 Jewish values and traditions.

Estelle Rochman

Darryl Sagel

Jill Schupp

Erin Schuver

Michelle Schwerin

Ann Spector

Clifford Tager

Jody Waldman

Cindy Lander Wallach

Council of Life Members

Les Borowsky

Jeffrey Cohen

Keith Cohen

Ted Flom

Betsy Garland

Randall Green

Petie Karsh

Joe Marchbein

Merle Miller (z’’l)

Jeffrey Rosenblum

Steven Rosenblum

Richard Tallin

Miriam Wilhelm

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