International House annually serves about 50 refugee and immigrant women and their children with a variety of services, helping them build both friendships and their own self-sufficiency with programs ranging from English Language classes to afternoon teas, Kid’s Club and building a home-based sewing business.


Description: The Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper Award for Outstanding Service to the Poor: This is a $1,500 award established in honor of the Foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. These awards are given to agencies that typically do not qualify for the Foundation’s regular health and wellness grants, but who provide exceptional service and/or basic needs for the poor in Allen County.

Blessed Catherine Kasper was born in 1820 in Dernbach, Germany. Though poor in earthly goods, social standing, and formal education, she was rich in compassion and love for the poor and sick, and her mind was alert to the needs of the day. With only $1.50 in her pocket, she built a Center from which she nursed the sick of her village and in which she provided a home for a widow and eight orphans. Other women began joining her work and established the Congregation of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1851. The religious community has continued to grow and prosper. Today, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ minister in Germany, England, the Netherlands, India, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. In recognition of the work Mary Catherine Kasper began and continues to inspire around the world, Pope Paul VI gave her the title “Blessed” on April 16, 1978.

The Foundation shares the values and charism of its Sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, and follows Catholic Social Teaching. Applicants are encouraged to review our core values and key beliefs.

Deadlines: Anytime throughout the year

Eligibility: Applicants should be not-for-profit organizations that benefit residents of Allen County, Indiana.

Area organizations may apply for the Foundation’s Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper Award for outstanding service to the poor. Learn more about the Foundation through a sampling of past recipients of the Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper Award.