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Invited by Bishop Thomas Becker to serve the elderly of low income in Delaware, the Little Sisters of the Poor opened their first home in Wilmington on May 18, 1903. It was rapidly filled and was soon replaced by St. Joseph’s Home on the corner of 4th Street and Bancroft Parkway. The for the next 75 years, thousands of elderly poor were welcomed into the family of Jeanne Jugan and were surrounded by love, dignity, and respect.
In 1976, when long-term care regulations and health-care building codes mandated massive renovations, the Little Sisters broke ground for a new home to be located on Salem Church Road in Newark. The Jeanne Jugan Residence was dedicated on April 23, 1976.
Today, enabled by the generosity of those who contribute time, talent and treasure to work with us in Jeanne Jugan Residence, the Little Sisters of the Poor, assisted by full and part-time employees and many volunteers offer quality care in a home-like setting to 80 Residents. Because this care is reserved for those in need, the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor has always been supported mainly by donations.
We have a proven track record for placing Resident care as our number one priority as noted in being awarded a perfect 5-star rating over the past four years. In addition, we were a recipient of the 2012 Excellence Awards in Hospice & Palliative Care from the Delaware End of Life Coalition. Obviously, such recognition could not have been earned without the hard work of every single member of our staff. The incredible care and dedication shown on a daily basis not only reflects their quality but also the very mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor. By providing a safe, loving atmosphere and welcoming each individual into our family with open arms, their tireless devotion makes our facility stand out among 15,000 others in all 50 states.
Original Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Wilmington, Delaware. The home was called "Saint Joseph's Home."
“This painting is given to the Little Sisters of the Poor to express my admiration for their lifetime of giving to others.”
- Frank. H. Jefferis, 1978