Compassionate St. Joseph Award

A special grant opportunity for recent grantees only, in honor of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation’s 20th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the presence of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in the United States.

Description: The Compassionate St. Joseph Award is a $100,000 three-year grant which will be awarded to one agency to help build and sustain the launch of a new or expanded ministry, program or role that benefits the residents of Allen County, Indiana. The winning proposal will demonstrate that it will advance the values of both the Foundation and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to compassionately serve the poor to improve their overall health and wellness. Organizations may apply for operating support, salaries, case management, patient/client education, program-related equipment, technical assistance, and other items needed to successfully launch the proposed ministry, program or role. Capital expenses are not eligible.

Congratulations to award recipient Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, for their Immigrant Outreach Program!

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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.

The grant guidelines provide more information about this award and a list of the questions and documents required for the application. Qualifying organizations must apply through our online grants portal.

Deadline: Passed

Eligibility: Only grantees of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation in 2016, 2017 and 2018 could apply for this anniversary award.

The award is inspired by the art of local artist Lee Bleifeld. The artwork was commissioned by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and the Joseph Muhler family in 1991, to create a replica of St. Joseph that reflected the Mission of St. Joseph Hospital and the Poor Handmaids. After much research, they chose to depict a stop on the road to Bethlehem. The art shows a compassionate Saint Joseph supporting and comforting his pregnant wife, Mary, before they continue their arduous journey to Bethlehem, where the child Jesus will be born. This bas relief art beautifully shows Saint Joseph’s role in reaching out and supporting those who can find life’s journey difficult.