News From St. Joseph’s Welfare Center

Our beloved Administrator, Rose had died on July 23, 2019. Fortunately, Rose has had a capable assistant in Irin Mary Seelan for the past 9 years, as Rose had withdrawn from many of the operational aspects of the Center. We were aware of the gradual transition and are happy that Irin will be able to continue the work started by Fr. Joseph so many years ago. Irin Mary is 49 years old and started on January 10, 2010. She is assisted by Adrin, her son, with the IT work. She had been the Manager who took care of all St Joseph’s projects like orphanage, elders, lepers, widows, self help groups. She takes care of banking and all administrative jobs. She is now in-charge and is the liaison to the government officials. She works round the clock for the welfare of the orphanage. She is proud to carry forward the legacy handed over to her with the blessings of Fr Joseph.

Also our Board Member and Grants Coordinator, Robert Kelly, died suddenly on August 2, 2019. He was such a generous force in obtaining donors, and spreading the word about our mission. We will miss him terribly. We also will be seeking new Board members as we continue the work started by Fr. Joseph.

The Center in Vellamadam always sends a monthly report to let our donors know how their donation are being used. Below are the latest Monthly Reports:

2021 December

2022 January

2022 February

Saint Joseph’s Mission Fund Provides $3135 Grant to Start New Tailoring School

SJMF recently provided a $3135 grant to open a tailoring school for Adivasi young women. Under the tutelage of the Franciscan sisters, the young women learn tailoring so that they may return to their local village to open their own shop. This program encourages these young women to remain in their villages to earn an income, rather than be seduced by the rather dubious “employments” offered

Lynch foundation Provides Grant for COVID-19 Relief to Starving Adivasi

From Father Caesar November 25,2021:

Prayerful Greetings from The Adivasis of St.Peter’s Parish Woka. This is my report of the help which you have extend to our parish for the poor and for the mission work of the parish. After the heavenly birth of our brother Robert Kelly, I could not get you in touch with you. Thanks to Mr. Peter, who once again connected me with you and am infinitely grateful to you for your generosity in sharing your resources for the mission work of our parish.

When the whole world was suffering from the dreaded Covid, our people also suffered a lot both the times. We had very bad days in our region and thanks to the blessing of the lord, no Adivasi died of this illness as we had been closely monitoring them with medicines and sufficient food. We also had to face various problems of our people. Some of the problems are:-

  • Lockdown made them to suffer without job and earning.
  • They could not procure food items for their daily living.
  • There was a starvation and security of food.
  • People were got unaware as the result, had no money to survive.
  • Migrant laborers could not come back home but held up in big cities.
  • Fear of death.
  • Many women and children suffered various sickness.
  • Church was closed as the result people fell back in their spiritual journey.
  • Schools were closed as the result many students left schooling and joined child labour in hidden form.
  • Labour migration- all the youth left to the cities in search of work.
  • Families had lot of tension and even family violence increased.
  • Youth were not motivated but gone astray.

When we had been facing all these above issues, Lynch foundation came to our help and we could uplift our people socially and spiritually  and build up their community. I am grateful to Lynch foundation for your kind and generous support. am happy to give you our interim report.

SJMF Officers and Annual Meeting

Minutes for the Annual Board Meeting- March 11, 2021

Zoom attendees: Peter Kilcullen, Michelle Czernia, Ann Mundell, Holley Kilcullen, and John Ferman

2020 Donations increased from $120,000 to $138,000. The number of donors decreased from 161 in 2019, to 102 in 2020, due primarily to the one time donors who remembered Bob Kelly in 2019. 27 donors gave more than $1,000. The income gifts that Bob Kelly secured are called third party grants. There were income third party grants received in 2020.

2020 SJMF Grants: The outgoing money grants given by SJMF decreased to $134,000, down from $146,000 in 2019. Irin has kept the monthly requests to $10,000, except for special events like Christmas gifts and stipends and school uniforms.

Michelle said she would put a notice in the Holy Spirit bulletin to ask if someone might be interested in seeking grants for SJMF. She will wait until people have returned to Church after the pandemic.

Tax returns: John asked at what financial point would SJMF no longer be able to use the Form 990 EZ for a tax return. Michelle said when the gross receipts are over $200,000 and the assets are over $500,000.

A donor, Janet Heithaus, wrote a note with her donation recently. Here is an excerpt: “Having met him (Fr. Joseph) and Rose several times, they had an impact on my 5 children as they were growing up.” Fr. Joseph and Rose’s influence reached beyond the needy of Tamil Nadu!

Holley brought up the possible situation of health problems which would prevent them from doing the Board work for SJMF. It was mentioned that possible replacements might be found. If that is unsuccessful, the funds in the Vanguard Account, $180,000, could be given to the Mission. The Mission there has a Board of Directors so that the work there would continue.

Michelle closed with a prayer, the Memorare of St. Joseph.

Other Information

IRS Form 990 for the last 3 years and our 501(c)(3) ruling are linked below.

2021 Form 990

2020 Form 990

2019 Form 990

IRS Tax Exempt Ruling