The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the underserved poor in the United States for more than 150 years. Upon arrival from Aachen, Germany, the Sisters dedicated themselves to feeding the hungry, nursing the sick and comforting those in need. Over the years, ministries have evolved from a focus on health care and social service outreach to meeting the ever-changing needs of the poor.
Today low-income seniors may enjoy socialization and the comforts of home in safe and secure surroundings. Destitute children and adults receive professional hair care to help them retain their dignity and self-respect. Outreach to the next generation encourages young people to grow spiritually and develop leadership skills by working with local service agencies. Even the renovation of an old building has become a ministry where people of all ages and backgrounds share spiritual and wellness programs.