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Financial Assistance for Senior Care Services

For more than 120 years, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and Franciscan Ministries have fulfilled the desperate need of the elderly and underserved with exceptional senior care services. The Gift of Care program was developed to provide additional support to residents of Franciscan Communities who experience financial difficulties. Long-term care is very expensive, and at some point a few residents may not be able to pay for senior living residences, in-home supportive services, or any other necessary services out of his or her own income and resources. That’s where the Gift of Care can help.


The Gift of Care program is a commitment by Franciscan Ministries to underwrite all or a portion of a resident’s care for a specific period of time, based upon specific financial criteria.

As a not-for-profit organization, Franciscan Ministries senior care services promote the interests of older adults in senior living residences and the community in an environment of dignified living, caring and companionship. In the spirit and tradition of the Catholic Church, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and our foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, we have been of service to the needy and the poor for over 120 years. This program is one of the ways we reach out specifically to those who need us most.

Each Franciscan Community strives to provide the Gift of Care program for applicants or existing residents, who desperately need financial assistance with the expenses associated with our compassionate services.

For more information about how your senior living donation can help, contact us today!

"The friendliness of all the residents and staff. . . the "Good Mornings" and "Good Afternoons" said with a smile. That truly makes my day."

Lee S., resident of Franciscan Communities

"As the song goes "There's no place like home." My place here is "home sweet home." Employees provide service with kindness and there's so many good people to talk to."

Bernard S., Franciscan Communities Resident

"Mt. Alverna has such a friendly and caring personality and atmosphere. The skilled care helped me achieve independence and regain strength. Even the social activities reinforce physical therapy. I am blessed to have been able to rehab at this facility this past Spring."

Rev S., Mount Alverna