Mission & History of SJF

Tell me about The St. Joseph Family?

St. Joseph Family, based Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, is a remarkable organization that ministers to the most disadvantaged populations in Haiti—children and adults with disabilities and economically disadvantaged children in the Jacmel community.

In existence for 35 years, hundreds of young people and thousands in the broader community have benefited from this ministry.  Today, more than 30 children and adults with disabilities live at Wings of Hope, about 150 children receive their education through Lekòl Sen Trinite, and hundreds more benefit from SJF outreach programs, including hosting community run church and K-12 school programs at the St. Joseph Community Outreach Center.

Transformed from being the rejected ones in Haiti to being among the very best of servant-leaders, members of the St. Joseph Family have reached out and changed the lives of countless other Haitian boys and girls to be the best they can be.

The St. Joseph Family is remarkable in its commitment to servant leadership. Since its founding in 1985, the St. Joseph Family has exemplified this virtue, with all residents seeking humble rewards for their dedication to lifting up Haiti’s most vulnerable youth.

Today, a new generation of leadership has emerged as the core of this mission, with dozens of St. Joseph Family graduates taking on diverse staff and governance roles. Indeed, the very existence of SJCOC, Lekòl Sen Trinite, and Wings of Hope can be attributed to the young men of the original St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, who saw the needs of their fellow countrymen and women and responded with a resounding commitment to spreading the mission of the St. Joseph Family to new populations and communities.

Ready to get involved?

Read more about each outpost below and decide where your heart lies.

Wings of Hope

A home and programs for children and adults with physical and mental challenges

Lekole Sen Trinite

A tuition-free school for the children in need in the Jacmel community

Community Outreach Center

A gathering space to learn, enrich lives and build community


YOU can make a difference.

Your gift helps nourish minds and bodies at Lekòl Sen Trinite by providing vital resources, supporting teachers, stocking classrooms, and creating safe learning environments for the students.