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About St. Mary's

St. Mary's mission is to provide every person the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential, intellectually, spiritually, mentally, physically, vocationally, and socially.

For 60 years St. Mary's has been a vital resource for many families throughout Louisiana. Founded in 1954, St. Mary's is home to nearly 200 children and young adults that are diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Since 1974 the campus has been centrally located in Alexandria on a 55-acre campus. St. Mary's operates under the auspices of the Diocese of Alexandria.

St. Mary's is dedicated to their mission by providing evidence-based, comprehensive, and individualized programs and services that promote personal growth, independence and social skills in an environment that is filled with loving care and respect.
Each resident is assessed by an Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, and Registered Dietician who recommend individualized treatment plans based on their direct observations. In addition, St. Mary's has Board Certified Behavior Analysts licensed to practice in Louisiana on staff to develop programs to manage problem behavior and support skill acquisition.
You can learn more about St. Mary's at or by calling us at 318.445.6443


Named in honor of the team of Lafayette families who contributed $250,000 towards its construction, Acadiana House is one of 15 new group homes constructed by St. Mary's Residential Training School. Approximately 40% of the residents at St. Mary's are from the Acadiana area.

"This project truly would not have been possible without friends like the families of Lafayette who rallied around our mission," said Christi Guillot, St. Mary's administrator. "Everyone who makes a gift, no matter how big or small, are giving a person with special needs a home."