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PHJC Volunteers have a variety of unique opportunities available to them to share their gifts in joyful service! Whether you minister in a rural, urban, or inner city setting, in education, youth programs, environmental sustainability, or social justice initiatives, your experience will create a ripple of God’s love!

Where are you called? Discover the paths to service below! Click or tap below to find detailed descriptions and direct links to specific PHJC ministry websites.

Ancilla Beef and Grain Farm

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Ancilla beef is raised in a caring environment. Attention is given to raising crops and animals without the use of potentially harmful additives.

The grass fed cattle graze on our pastures from spring until early winter and are supplemented in the winter with the hay and silage.

Ancilla grows its own hay, corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and triticale. We grind our own grain mixture and offer this to the cattle up to six months prior to market.

Ancilla College


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic but its climate is ecumenical — open to any person seeking an education and opportunity. Ancilla is a non-profit college operating as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Ancilla serves a diverse population with small classes, comprehensive tutoring and personal learning support, and personal interaction. Ancilla College offers 22 different degree programs and eight one-year certificates that transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, build lifelong learning skills, launch successful careers and pursue values-centered lives.

Ancilla Systems Incorporated

headlogo4Ancilla Systems Incorporated

Ancilla Systems Incorporated supports the ministries of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to greater enhance their capacity and social impact.

Working collaboratively with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Ancilla Systems Incorporated provides administrative support services to each PHJC ministry to expand and strengthen a greater community benefit.

Casa Catalina

The Catholic Charities Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center strives to live out the Gospel mandate to "feed the hungry" and respond to the other needs of our neighbors in the "Back of the Yards."
The Center offers:
Food pantry
Household items
Personal care items
Resource center to network with community resources
Other needs as they arise

Projects include:
Christmas Angel
Thanksgiving food baskets
Christmas food baskets
Easter food baskets

Holy Cross / Immaculate Heart / IHM Basic Needs Center at Casa Catalina
4537 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Catherine Kasper Life Center

catherine kasper life centerCatherine Kasper Life Center is nestled in a picturesque landscape overlooking Lake Gilbraith. The Catherine Kasper Life Center is a community dedicated to creating a joy-filled, safe, healthy environment where residents are assured that Christian values exist. It is composed of Maria Center — independent senior living — and Catherine Kasper Home, a licensed nursing facility. It also offers a variety of intergenerational experiences and activities, which promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Health Visions

HealthVisions MidwestHealthVisions Midwest, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a faith-based community health organization that works with local communities served by the Poor Handmaids and its mutual partners. In the spirit of interdependence, mutuality and cooperation, using social justice principles, we strive to build healthy communities by reducing health disparities among the poor and underserved.

Poor Handmaids and its mutual partners


  • Health disparities will be reduced among the poor and underserved.
  • People are empowered to improve their own health.
  • The health of the communities for the poor and underserved is impacted through advocacy efforts and systemic changes.
  • Collaborating organizations are sought to strengthen the resource base and address health issues in local communities.
  • Strengthen and formalize our role as a “Backbone” Organization in the communities we serve through Collective Impact and Partnerships.

Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center

lindenwood retreat conference logo2Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center is nestled onto the north shore of Lake Gilbraith in rural Donaldson, IN. This natural setting provides sacred space for you, our guest. We have a twenty-five year tradition of hospitality and welcome those who are on a faith journey seeking how God is currently working in their lives.

Come with us on this journey: we invite you to renew your spirit, refresh your body, and expand your mind...

Moontree Studios


MoonTree Studios, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, challenges people to experience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within. Through participation in MoonTree experiences people awaken to their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate and sustainable Earth Community.

Nazareth Home

logonhNazareth Home is a 24-hour per day foster home for medically compromised babies and children from birth to age six. The home was founded in 1993 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, to confront the growing problem of abused or abandoned children, with unique and critical medical needs. Children are placed at Nazareth Home through referrals from the Department of Child Services, and are wards of the State. Each child’s unique medical needs are met in a home-setting that allows them to receive the spiritual, physical, and emotional care that is so essential to early childhood development.

Sojourner Truth House

Sojourner Truth HouseSojourner Truth House (STH) is a day center located in Gary, Indiana, that serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. Founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1997, STH serves more than 2,200 clients each month.

Sojourner Truth House assists clients staying in local shelters who come to the day center for help obtaining benefits, referrals to community support agencies, basic skills and employment training, healthcare screenings and referrals, counseling for addiction and other issues, and assistance with finding housing.

After finding housing, clients can become a part of our TOPPS program – or Transitional Outreach Program Participants. TOPPS clients maintain support through therapeutic programs and ongoing case management.

Sojourner Truth House also welcomes members of the community – clients who come to the food pantry for help meeting intermittent basic household needs or are in need of clothing.

At STH, we serve clients with a holistic approach that provides help and hope for the mind, body and spirit of the women and children we serve.