Children and Family Care

Offering Professional Loving Care

Whether comforting an anxious child, bringing together a family during a therapy session or sharing a morning prayer, our staff epitomizes our mission. Many staff members and several Carmelite nuns have been here for 25 years or longer. Some staff have lived here as children themselves. We lead by example, teaching Christian values and respect for others.

Care Includes:
  • Full-time, on-site nurses
  • Full-time, on-site therapists and counselors
  • Childcare staff
  • Kitchen staff
  • Maintenance staff

Taking the first healing step

A child's stay here often begins with a phone call, sometimes in the middle of the night. Upon arrival, a caregiver comforts and reassures the child. A physical exam and evaluation of the child's emotional needs follow.

While here, weekly counseling sessions with children and their families address the problems that led to the child's admission. Parents are encouraged to visit their children on campus.

The child's case manager makes recommendations to a juvenile court judge about returning a child to family or to foster care. The goal is to assist families in making lifestyle changes that will allow the safe return of their children. Even after going home, some children stay in contact with their caregivers for months or years.

Holy Innocents Center

Boys from preschool to age twelve are sheltered in the Holy Innocents Center. This active group attends a Head Start preschool program or public elementary school. After-school tutoring, trips to parks, zoos, libraries and other local destinations nurture their curious minds.

Maria Teresa Tauscher Center

This wing for infants and toddlers opened in 2006. Here, loving staff gives round-the-clock care: feeding, diapering and providing the attention and security so necessary for this vulnerable population. Our nursing staff is also well qualified to attend to infants and toddlers who require more intensive medical treatment including burns and wounds.


Years ago, a group of grade school girls gave themselves the name "Sunbeams." The girls went home to their families; the name stayed. Today's Sunbeams attend public elementary school and stay busy with after-school tutoring, field trips and a myriad of structured and individual activities.

High School Girls

We refer to the young women of high school age living at the Carmleite Home as our "VIPs." If pregnant, a girl will be given a room in the Teen Mom & Baby Unit. All attend East Chicago Central High School or their home school. We stress the importance of an education and encourage each resident to progress academically.

While here, expectant mothers prepare for independent living by learning skills such as how to budget and manage money. We have developed programs with local community leaders, teachers and business owners that advocate, train, demonstrate, and mentor new and appropriate skills designed to lead to self-sufficiency.

Join Our Staff

Current Needs

In addition to needed dollars, suggested perfume free, hypoallergenic/unscented items include:
  • Baby Diapers/ Pull-Ups (All Sizes)
  • Baby Wash
  • Baby Wipes
  • Latex Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer & Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toothpaste & Brushes
  • Combs, hair brushes, headbands & barrettes
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Towels & Wash Cloths
  • Baby Crib Sheets
  • Twin Sized Bed Sheet Sets
  • Underwear, T-Shirts, Pajamas & Socks (All Sizes)
  • 18 Gallon Bins with Lids
  • Gift Cards & Movie Gift Cards
All items dropped off at the Carmelite Home are best delivered to 4840 Grasselli in East Chicago at the front door between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Monday through Friday to be documented.


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


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