On October 21st, 1905, three nuns from the Congregation of the Infant Jesus migrated from their native France to establish an order in America.
Arrangements had been made for the Sisters of the Sick Poor to provide temporary hospitality to the new immigrants, but due to the late arrival of their ship in New York Harbor, no one was there to greet them! Bewildered and disappointed, they prayed to St. Joseph who had watched over the exiled Holy Family in Egypt.
The Sisters’ prayers were answered in an unusual way- They were befriended at the pier by a small boy who presented each with a gift of an apple as a gesture of friendship and welcome. From this point on they knew America would be their home.
They made their way to the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor in Brooklyn. An appointment was made with Bishop McDonnell. He had identified a critical need, and was searching for religious women to care for the sick poor of his parish in their homes. The Sisters were asked to visit the sick at home who could not afford other healthcare. They agreed and their dedicated work began.
Their work was incorporated by the New York State Board of Charities in 1911 as The Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor. Their mission was to provide free nursing services to sick individuals in their own homes. With the implementation of Title XVIII legislation in 1966, the legal title of the organization was changed to Nursing Sisters Home Visiting Service, Inc.
In 2005, the Agency became known as Catholic Home Care. We are so proud of our history of providing skilled and needed health care in patients’ homes, uninterrupted, for over 113 years!