The day-to-day cost of operating a large facility and providing for the elderly poor who have outlived their resources can be quite costly. Caring for them in a manner respectful of their dignity far exceeds the income received from the Residents' small pensions, Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. In fact, this year we must raise 48% of the income needed through fundraising - direct mail campaigns, church collections, legacies and grants, and fund-raising events.
Life has changed greatly since the Congregation’s founding 179 years ago. We now face government regulations that apply to every function within the home and require that we employ additional staff to perform the duties that the Little Sisters cannot complete. We now employ nursing, kitchen, laundry, housekeeping and administrative staff. We also have all the regular expenses of maintaining vehicles, paying for insurance, plus utility bills for the entire facility.
The constitution of the Little Sisters of Poor prohibits us from receiving perpetual endowments of any kind. Since our founding in 1839, “begging” for contributions has been a central part of the life of the congregation and we rely on financial and volunteer assistance from others in the community to carry out our mission.
Can you help us by pledging a regular monthly donation or even a one-time gift?
Your Gift is Essential!
Your willingness to share the aged with us by making donations, and working around our Home, ensures that we are able to continue our mission to care for this city’s needy aged. In fact, with your help we are able to offer medical care, clothing, enriching activities, 36,500 nights of safe-shelter and more than 110,000 nourishing meals each year.
Also, as good stewards of what God has given us through your generosity, we must care for our aging buildings and infrastructure by making essential upgrades and repairs. Planned and ongoing upgrades and repairs include:
Your gifts are most welcome. Every donation counts. Each dollar helping the Little Sisters of the Poor provide loving care, and a safe and comfortable home to our Residents.
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There Are Many Ways You Can Help!
For more information on how you can support the Jeanne Jugan Residence, please contact Heather Cave, Director of Development. Heather may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-269-1831.