About Us

Our Motto

Live your life. That’s our motto here at The Apartment Community.

Nestled in a 200-acre setting of extraordinary natural beauty, The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows is a faith-based continuing care community dedicated to the pursuit of active retirement living and wellness in body, mind and spirit.

We are a lively, diverse community that believes in honoring the unique spirit of each resident – the choices and experiences, the passions and stories that make up a life. A place where neighbors know each other and share their joys and challenges. A place where you feel like you belong.

Together, Under One Roof

Whether you live in the Independent Apartments, at St. Francis Assisted Living or in Dammert Care Center, all three levels of care are available on one campus, under one roof. Our dedicated staff serves with compassion, kindness and the giving spirit of our founders, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

We live out the spirit and values of the Oblates on our campus at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows; the perfect setting for those who wish to deepen their faith and rekindle their hopes. We are the only retirement living community located on the grounds of a national Catholic shrine.

Join Us

We invite all faiths to join us and make new friends. Here at The Apartment Community, employees, residents and families share smiles, share stories, share laughter. We live life every day.

“Whether it is someone from housekeeping giving hugs to our mother and her table mates (and even offering to do some light clothes mending!) or the nurse’s aide knowing exactly the flavor of ice cream our father wanted that day, or the nurse who rubbed our mother’s back during a time of grief, your actions do not go unnoticed or unappreciated!”
– the children of James and Wanda White

Our History

demazenodThe Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is one of the largest religious congregations in the world. Their mission is to “Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Founded in France by St. Eugene De Mazenod in the year 1816, the order has grown to 4,500 priests and brothers today serving in 71 countries around the globe.

While their primary dedication will always be of a spiritual calling, they reach out to those in need of physical, emotional and/or spiritual support through their sincere acts of charity.

Senior Living at The Shrine

In the 1960s, there were very few living options for seniors in the Belleville area. The Oblates thought the Shrine grounds would provide a lovely and serene atmosphere for senior living.

In 1966, The Apartment Community was built on the grounds of the Shrine for supporters of the mission so they could live in closer proximity to the Oblates working with the poor.

Today, The Apartment Community is a non-profit community that helps support the mission work of the Oblates. Residents, should they wish, may become involved in the outreach work of the Oblates.

Our Values

At The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows, the following values guide our decisions and behavior:

Respect – Recognizing and valuing the uniqueness of each individual and treating others the way they wish to be treated.

Wellness – Promoting and preserving the health of body, mind and spirit.

Collaboration – Communicating and working with others for the benefit of all.

Justice – Pursuing an atmosphere of fairness and mutual respect.

Stewardship – Being accountable and responsible for the use, preservation and enhancement or our human and material resources.

Hospitality – Maintaining a friendly, positive and welcoming attitude toward residents, visitors and staff.

Quality – Striving for excellence while providing residential and health care services.

Change – Being open and committed to creative ways to meet the changing needs of people.