Caring Fund

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in honor of Sister Kathleen Osbelt

We are dedicating the Francis House Endowment, The Caring Fund in the name of our founder, Sister Kathleen Osbelt. The endowment will be a restricted fund. The principal funds raised will never be touched. Income generated by the fund will be used to offset the cost of care for those in need to help alleviate the mental and emotional distress they suffer when they have no financial means. It will provide assurance for the future that when someone is alone, has nowhere to go and has just months to live, they will find a home and a family in Francis House.

This ministry was created from the love Sister Kathleen had for those most in need in our community. She has inspired countless individuals to give of themselves unconditionally. For twenty years she has been a true servant leader; working side by side with volunteers and staff caring for our residents. Sister Kathleen serves as a board member and continues to be actively involved in nurturing the mission and ministry of Francis House.

Sister Kathleen’s favorite scripture reads, “Glory to Him whose power at work in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” (Eph. 3:20) The 2,500 individuals who have spent the end of life’s journey with us along with over 9,000 family members are a testament to these words. Francis House stands as a fulfillment of this statement, but there is more work to be done. We ask you to partner with us to ensure that Francis House is here for many years to come.


Sally Whaley, Francis House caregiver, shares a laugh with resident Marlene K.

“Becoming aware of what is inside Francis House—love, friendship, compassion—moved my husband and me to make a living promise. Funding makes this unique home possible. The Caring Fund will make this home available to others in the future. Those who come here as residents are respected, loved and cared for in a truly comforting and compassionate manner. Francis House is truly a home, a comfort during the most trying time. Nothing is better than that.”


Helen Day, former Francis House volunteer and resident. Letter written by her son, Phil Ramsey.

“Our family has been twice blessed by Francis House and we are proud to be part of the Francis House family. My father and my mother were active volunteers in the ministry’s early days. I have vivid memories of my mother, my wife and our children visiting with my father in the original house. It was wonderful for him and for our family to share his passing in a home that had brought him and my mother so much joy and happiness.”


Sister Colette hugging family member.

“I am so blessed to spend time with every resident. When it is time for them to move on, I say ‘there are 2,000 wonderful people who were here at Francis House that are waiting to welcome you into Heaven.’”



Gen Saya, President of the Francis House Board of Directors talks with Francis House volunteer Sue Riley.

“I gave to The Caring Fund because I care. I believe in this ministry. This endowment will help us continue to fulfill our mission of caring and providing home for those who come to us. There are so many places demanding every person’s resources, but when you give to Francis House it makes a difference in people’s lives. Every gift is important. Gifts combine to make a huge impact. I’ll never forget the family member of a resident who told me, ‘Francis House is the foyer to Heaven, filled with angels.’”


Rena Gianquitti, one of the friendly voices you hear when you call Francis House.

“I love Francis House and it is one of the most important things in my life. Every morning I say my Francis House prayer and I think of all the people here—residents, family, volunteers, staff and donors. If I can help by volunteering and donating I will always do it. I’m not a financial person, so the idea of an endowment was new to me. But when I learned that The Caring Fund will help Francis House for the future, I wanted to help. Francis House needs to be here, forever.”


Maureen Drescher

“I have always believed in the mission of Francis House. For the past 11 years, I have eagerly volunteered to support this ministry in any way I could. I’ve sold pins, served on the Auxiliary Board and Board of Directors, served on the event committee. But everything changed this year when my mother-in-law became a resident. I saw Francis House from the other side of the bed. I cannot express the care and compassion that was given to my entire family. Now I see even more why Francis House must be
here and why The Caring Fund is so essential. What happens here is amazing and every person deserves to spend their final days in comfort and feeling so loved.”

If you have any questions regarding how you can help support the ministry of Francis House, contact Beth Lynn Hoey, CFRE, Director of Development at (315) 475-5422 or