The day-to-day cost of operating a large facility and providing for the elderly poor who have outlived their resources can be quite costly. Caring for them in a manner respectful of their dignity far exceeds the income received from the Residents' small pensions, Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. In fact, this year we must raise 48% of the income needed through fundraising - direct mail campaigns, church collections, legacies and grants, and fund-raising events.

Life has changed greatly since the Congregation’s founding 179 years ago. We now face government regulations that apply to every function within the home and require that we employ additional staff to perform the duties that the Little Sisters cannot complete. We now employ nursing, kitchen, laundry, housekeeping and administrative staff. We also have all the regular expenses of maintaining vehicles, paying for insurance, plus utility bills for the entire facility.

The constitution of the Little Sisters of Poor prohibits us from receiving perpetual endowments of any kind. Since our founding in 1839, “begging” for contributions has been a central part of the life of the congregation and we rely on financial and volunteer assistance from others in the community to carry out our mission.

Can you help us by pledging a regular monthly donation or even a one-time gift?

Your Gift is Essential!
Your willingness to share the aged with us by making donations, and working around our Home, ensures that we are able to continue our mission to care for this city’s needy aged. In fact, with your help we are able to offer medical care, clothing, enriching activities, 36,500 nights of safe-shelter and more than 110,000 nourishing meals each year.

Also, as good stewards of what God has given us through your generosity, we must care for our aging buildings and infrastructure by making essential upgrades and repairs. Planned and ongoing upgrades and repairs include:

  • Replace three elevators for the protection of our Residents.
  • Repair masonry where loose mortar is allowing water to seep in and destroy the brick.

Your gifts are most welcome. Every donation counts. Each dollar helping the Little Sisters of the Poor provide loving care, and a safe and comfortable home to our Residents.

Please Consider That:

  • Following in the tradition set by St. Jeanne Jugan, we do not accept endowments or receive any other regular source of income. Saint Jeanne Jugan believed that by being poor, we are completely free to rely on God’s Providence for all our needs.
  • Although we accept Medicaid and Medicare to help meet our expenses, we must still rely on other sources of income for over 48% of our operating budget.
  • Gifts of less than $100 make up approximately 85% of our income from individual donations. Everyone can help make a difference!

There Are Many Ways You Can Help!

  • Make an online donation or recurring pledge.
  • Consider making a gift in honor or memory of a loved one.
  • Planned Giving: by including us in your estate plans, you can help to ensure our survival into the future. Many people simply leave something for us in their wills, but there are a number of different ways to help. Please contact your financial planner or estate attorney to discuss the best option for your situation. Let them know that our legal name is: Little Sisters of the Poor of Washington, DC, Inc.
  • Workplace Giving: find out if your company has a matching gift program. We are also members of the Combined Federal Campaign. Our CFC agency number is 53116.
  • Gift-in-Kind: Donate a “gift in kind”: both businesses and individuals can donate needed items such as food, personal care items or office supplies.
  • If you shop on Amazon consider making those purchases through AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Little Sisters. Make a purchase at AmazonSmile, choose Little Sisters of the Poor of Washington, D.C. as your charity of choice, and support our mission.

Please Note:

  • The Little Sisters of the Poor is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Our tax I.D. number is: 53-0227542.
  • Donations are tax deductible to the extend allowed by law.

For more information on how you can support the Jeanne Jugan Residence, please contact Heather Cave, Director of Development. Heather may be reached by email at or by phone at 202-269-1831.

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“Give us the house – if God fills it, God will not abandon it!”
– Saint Jeanne Jugan