St. Joseph Family is a remarkable organization that ministers to the most disadvantaged populations in Haiti—former street children, child slaves, and individuals with disabilities—and has been doing so for more than 35 years.
Children find their way to the St. Joseph Family in various ways — through placements from Haitian Social Services and other non-profit organizations who know the St. Joseph Family and who have identified a child who is at-risk or who is abandoned or orphaned; from referrals from pastors, priests, nuns; through referrals from hospitals and clinics who have working relationships with the St. Joseph Family and who have children abandoned at their facilities; from the parents and families of disabled children who cannot care for them at home. Finally, some of our children were literally abandoned on our doorstep.
While its funding partners, like Hearts with Haiti, work within the US and Canada to raise funds, the long-term strategic goals and the daily operations of the St. Joseph Family are governed by its Haitian Servant Leaders. The St. Joseph Family is committed to excellence on all levels, in terms of governance, staffing, and policies. St. Joseph Family Board Members regularly meet with funding partners to develop strategies for growth and development.