Our History

About St. Francis Advocates

St. Francis Advocates was established in 1984 to advocate for people with Autism and their families.

Our name was taken from St. Francis of Assisi, because of his love of animals and nature and his need to protect them.

Our first location was established on a 25 acre farm in Petrolia in 1989 as a residence for adults with Autism or other developmental disabilities.

We expanded to offer a Supported Independent Living Program for people who needed limited support to live independently.

Between 2005 and 2009, we established services in all three counties.

people we help