Mission & History

Mission: To provide a nurturing environment for pregnant women and to offer hope and opportunity for them and their babies, through love, guidance, education and inspiring faith in God.

baby in puppy costume"The goal of St. Gerard Campus is to provide physical and emotional support to young women whose needs would otherwise be ignored in today’s fast-pace society."
-Carol Wolff

The mission began in 1981 when Carol Wolff and her husband Al moved to St. Augustine, FL to retire. Carol met a teenage mother who had been kicked out of her parents’ home and forced to live with a man who was abusing her and her child. Carol soon realized there were no agencies in St. Johns County to support these forgotten women. With the support of Catholic Charities, Carol began counseling pregnant women, providing them with essential supplies, and any support she could. Carol’s previous experience working with at-risk teenagers prepared her for the role of establishing a stable and secure foundation for thousands of women and their babies in St. Augustine.

Three years later Carol and her husband Al incorporated and purchased a little more than an acre of land on US 1 South and established the refuge that would affect the lives of more than 30,000 women in St. Augustine and the surrounding counties. A licensed daycare facility was immediately established in addition to the accredited public high school program that graduated students for six consecutive years. This program evolved into the private Interfaith Christian high school program that exists today.

Carol has since dedicated her life to guiding and nurturing pregnant young women between the ages of 13 and 41 in helping put their lives on track as they face one of life’s toughest decisions – to keep their unborn baby.

St. Gerard Campus rescues girls and provides guidance to help them avoid poverty, dependency, and welfare. They learn to cope with difficult situations, rise above those difficulties, and grow to be nurturing mothers, productive members of society, and a positive force in the workplace.

Over the past 35 years, we have mentored more than 50,000 women and supported the birth of nearly 30,000 babies.