About St. Joseph's Carmelite Home

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus

 Sister Maria Giuseppe, Exective Director/CEO

Carmelite Home Board of Directors


  • Scott Yahne, Chair - Yahne Law PC
  • Stephanie Madison, Vice Chair - First Merchants Bank
  • Gilbert Rynberk, Treasurer - Wintrust Bank
  • Paul Mullaney, Secretary - Bishop Noll Institute

Board Members

  • Sara Augustine - Guild Member
  • Dr. Richard Barnes - Yale Business Center, LLC
  • Janet Furman - Dyer Construction
  • Tom Gryzbek - Retired CEO at Franciscan St Margaret Healthcare Centers, Inc
  • Peggy Katona - Lake County Auditor
  • David Pastrick - Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home

Our Heart for Ministry

Mother Maria Teresa Tauscher arrived in Northwest Indiana in 1913 and purchased two frame houses on Grasselli Avenue in East Chicago. Those tiny homes were the heart of what has become the St. Joseph's Carmelite Home of today. The sisters' private rooms are adjacent to the children's living quarters so that they are easily accessible.

We are part of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus Northern Province. Our ministry areas include Carmelite Home for Boys in Wauwatosa, WI, St. Joseph's Carmelite Home/Holy Innocents Center in East Chicago, IN; St. Joseph's Home in Kenosha, WI; and St. Ann's Home in Grand Rapids, MI

Maintaining Missions Throughout the World

We possess a distinct spirit that allows us to combine our contemplative life with an active life. We strive to live a life of daily servanthood that extends the love of Jesus to those around us. Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus began in Germany in 1891; our missions are now worldwide. Visit CarmeliteDCJNorth.org for more information.

  • Africa
  • Cameroon (1995)
  • Nigeria (2002)
  • Europe
  • Austria (1911)
  • Croatia (1917)
  • Germany (1891)
  • Nicaragua (1947)
  • Hungary (1907)
  • Iceland (2001)
  • Italy (1903)
  • Netherlands (1898)
  • Russia (2005)
  • Switzerland (1902)
  • North America
  • Venezuela (1982)
  • Canada (1913)
  • USA-Central (1920)
  • USA-North (1912)
  • USA-Southwest (1914)
  • South America
  • Brazil (1985)

Join Our Staff

Current Needs

In addition to needed dollars, suggested perfume free, hypoallergenic/unscented items include:
  • Eatery Gift Cards  Ex:  McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell
  • Shopping Gift Cards  Ex:  Visa, Walmart, Target, Strack's, Meijer's & Shoe Carnival
  • Excusion Gift Cards. Ex:  AMC Movie
  • Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Bottles of Hand Sanitizer & Sanitizing Wipes
  • Lysol Spray & Lysol Sanitizing Wipes
  • Tide Laundry Detergent
  • 18 Gallon Bins With Lids
  • Call 219.397.1085 for additional inquiries
All items dropped off at the Carmelite Home are best delivered to 4840 Grasselli in East Chicago at the office door located in the parking lot behind the 4840 Grasselli building, between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday through Friday to be documented.

Carmelite Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 3 pm
Inquiries:  Call 219.397.1085

Give Back

Please Help the Children at St. Joseph's Carmelite Home. Your love, support and prayers make it happen.


Your volunteerism is cherished. The most precious gift you give may be your time. Contact us to discuss how your talents may be best used.


Offering Professional, Loving Care. Your love, support and prayers make it happen.


Get in Touch

The Carmelite Home will accept referrals from Indiana Department of Child Services case workers every day of the year and 24 hours a day. We open our Home whenever there is an emergency and a child needs a safe place to stay.

Contract Number: 71-08-GR-3109
License Number: 300286

To place a referral for care call one of the following numbers:

Main Number during the Day: 219-397-1085
24/7 Numbers: 219-201-1084 | 219-588-8079 | 219-614-8554

Contact Info

St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home
4840 Grasselli Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Email: StJoeCarmelite@gmail.com

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