Each year, the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) provides funding to hundreds of eligible religious communities to help underwrite the day-to-day care of senior members and to bolster retirement savings. Special consultative and financial support is also available for communities with critical shortages in retirement funding.
Below, click on a photo to read about how RFR programs help religious communities care for senior members.
Oblate Sisters of Providence
Like hundreds of religious communities across the country, the Oblate Sisters of Providence of Baltimore, Maryland, benefit from the annual Direct Care Assistance furnished by the Retirement Fund for Religious. The Oblates have 72 members and a median age of 78. Within their motherhouse, the community maintains a health-care unit for senior members needing assistance. Day-to-day care is provided by a licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistants, and active sisters. Financial support for elder care comes from the Oblates' income and savings and from participation in various government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. Direct Care Assistance supplements these funding sources.
Read more about how the Oblates care for senior members (PDF).