The living arrangements for the boys residing in Don Guanella School were seen as outdated. In September of 1982, groundbreaking for four new cottages for future residents of Don Guanella School took place and the boys moved from the school to these cottages during 1984. With the death of Cardinal Krol in March of 1996, the CK Center was rededicated, by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, and renamed the Cardinal Krol Center.
In the intervening years, two very active programs and residential settings were now in place with many activities on the campus being present. The Delaware County Intermediate Unit assumed administration of the school program welcoming both residents of Don Guanella School and community students; a Work Activity Center (WAC) as well as an aging program were located in the Cardinal Krol Center; portions of the former Don Guanella School cottages were adapted for a WAC and an Adult Training Facility (ATF) overseen by Divine Providence Village. Eventually, by 2012, the boys’ residential program was closed and the residential program at Don Guanella Village became entirely for adults. The Cardinal Krol Center program then reached a capacity of 131 residents living in the main building. The four cottages and Mary Hall (the former convent) opened in 1988.
In October of 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the sale of the Don Guanella Village campus property. That announcement, along with the impetus from the Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania to downsize large congregate settings, led to the transitioning of the residents of Don Guanella Village into eleven community residential settings, a cluster of three homes adjacent to Cardinal O’Hara High School, and the move of sixteen men to a cottage on the Divine Providence Village campus. This transition was completed by December of 2015.
Don Guanella Village, as one of The Communities of Don Guanella, continues to carry on the legacy and spiritual heritage of Don Guanella and with this new “incarnation”, is continually Inspired by Divine Providence as we walk “in the footsteps of Don Guanella.”