Pillars in Action: Heritage
As one of the newest members of the St. Joseph Home staff, I have been spending a lot of my time learning about our community. One of the things I have found so interesting and impactful is the strength and foresight of the Sisters of Charity. Since moving to Cincinnati in the mid-1990s with my husband, and then young daughter, I have been aware of the Sister’s influence on Cincinnati as a whole. They have been involved in three of our city’s most important aspects: faith, health, and education. Coming to St. Joseph Home to start a new chapter in my life, I have been reminded of the Sisters’ unbounded love, concern, and interest in all of God’s people from a very practical perspective. This is a place that has been around for almost 145 years and has seen many changes. We began our life in a house on Tennessee Avenue and Reading Road as St. Joseph Infant Asylum caring for women who were alone and needed compassion and care in order to have their infants. In 1967 St. Joseph Home moved to Sharonville where it currently stands. We continued to care for young women by providing them with a high school education and accompanying them on their journey through new motherhood. Many infants were adopted out of St. Joseph Home, and many young women were able to finish their education and enter adulthood knowing that they and their babies were on a good path. Once the sisters saw that the community’s needs were changing, they followed a not so obvious fork in the road and began caring for children with disabilities. Because of our long history of caring for those who are often marginalized by society, we have evolved into a true home where our residents, staff, families, friends and volunteers come together to form a loving community. I’ve learned in the past couple of months that this lovely place has a long standing history that will continue well into the future. With God’s help, we will always provide holistic, patient centered care for our residents and those who follow.
Lucienne Driehaus, Major Gifts Officer