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NAMI Highlights "The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation"

posted Oct 2, 2015, 4:00 PM by Website Director   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 4:01 PM ]


“The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, exists to steward resources that strengthen, improve, and sustain long-term community health in Allen County, Indiana.

We invest in and collaborate with other community agencies to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the poor and underserved.”


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Catherine Kasper's Shoes

Imagine a lady—small in stature but mighty in determination—who depended on her well-worn walking shoes to accomplish her life’s work—unrelenting in her mission to help the poor and underserved. This lady, meager of means herself, was known as Mary Catherine Kasper who founded the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Dernbach, Germany in 1851, thus beginning a Catholic order that would sponsor worldwide ministries over time.

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation of Fort Wayne, Indiana is one such ministry that has at its feet the invaluable legacy of its sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, and is proud to follow in the footsteps of its historical predecessor.