Our Begging Tradition

Be Part of the Miracle--Donate

For over 100 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have served the elderly of Northeastern Pennsylvania with compassion and love. Sustaining our Home throughout these years has been an on-going miracle.
In this we continue the vision of a 47-year old French woman in the 19th century: St. Jeanne Jugan. Her vision of family extended far beyond the Little Sisters and Residents. She believed that because God is our Father, all men and women are brothers and sisters – members of one family – and thus responsible for one another. She sought to involve people from many walks of life in her mission of hospitality.

To provide for the needs of the aged poor, Jeanne Jugan walked the roads of Brittany, France, seeking alms. Knocking on doors, she asked for money and gifts in kind – food, clothing, wood, wool or whatever was needed for the Residents. She was recognized by the begging basket she carried.

Today’s collecting Little Sisters are known by their “begging van.” They visit markets and businesses seeking food and commodities to offset operating expenses. Maybe you have seen them at church doors, asking for donations. Grants, legacies and fund-raising events, raffles and golf tournaments are among “modern” ways to assist Divine Providence to provide for God’s eldest children.

With operating costs rising and government funds dwindling, it is getting harder and harder to make ends meet. Medicaid and Medicare cover only about 60 percent of our operating expenses. In today’s economy we count on community support more than ever.

Jeanne always thanked her benefactors by praying for them – and she thanked God at the same time. “God has blessed me,” she said, “because I always thanked his Providence… What gratitude we owe our benefactors … What could we do for the elderly without them?”

Like Jeanne Jugan, we recognize that our benefactors are indispensable partners in our mission. And like her, we pray for them everyday!

Ways to donate:

  • Online donation.
  • Gifts in Kind: businesses and individuals donate needed items such as food, personal care items, paper goods or office supplies. See Wish List (pdf).
  • Planned giving: make a lasting gift and receive the benefits of doing so. Contact us to discuss ways to structure your gift.
  • Stock transfer: information available on request.
  • Workplace giving: find out if your company has a matching gift program.
  • Partnerships: businesses and parishes work as groups in entertaining or underwriting costs for the upkeep of the home.
  • Tribute funds: these gifts can be in memory of a loved one or to honor someone.

If you wish to be a part of this ongoing miracle, please contact Jackie Galvin, by e-mailing her at scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org or Sr. Marie Therese at scdonations@littlesistersofthepoor.org or by calling them at (570) 343-4065. We will be happy to help you and further introduce you to our mission and the many ways you can share. We want to thank you warmly for being a part of the miracle. Oh, and feel free to stop by and see what a difference YOUR gift has made!

Greeting parishioners at a church collection

Annual Golf Tournament