Happy 30th Anniversary, St. Joseph Family!

Photo of the St. Joseph Family circa 1970

Thirty years ago, in an empty rental home in Port-au-Prince, a special new family was formed — a family that welcomed the very individuals that society shunned: street children, former child slaves, and children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities. This family began life together with virtually no material goods but with a prayer, knowing that with God, all things are possible. And, for thirty years, through triumph and heartache, joy and sadness, this family has continuously provided safe and loving homes for the many children who have found sanctuary there.


This is the St. Joseph Family.



Celebrate with us through stories, photos, and memories…


Resurrection Living
“In January of 1997 I took my first trip to Haiti and stayed at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys – this was in the days before the chapel and roof were complete.”


Being Seen by Michael
“Some of us have been fortunate enough to have someone in our life who has looked past who we are and seen who we could become. Michael Geilenfeld was that person for me.”


30 Years with the St. Joseph Family
“Thirty years ago I took a leap of faith and got into a cab to go across Port-au-Prince to visit Michael Geilenfeld and the five boys he had come to know during his time with the Brothers of Charity. His mom, Mabel, asked us to visit him at the start of his new adventure…” [read more]


Art, Music, and the St. Joseph Family
“While it is true that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and, because of that, life is hard for many, many people, the reality is that Haiti is also a place of profound beauty.” [read more]

Want to learn more about the history of the St. Joseph Family? Watch the video: St. Joseph’s Family: Then and Now


Do you have a story and / or photos to share? Contact us at info@heartswithhaiti.org!