Holy Cross Ministries’ history of providing services to vulnerable families in this community dates back to 1875, when the first two sisters of the Holy Cross traveled to what would later become the state of Utah to establish a hospital for injured miners and railroad workers. They were met by a community that had diverse and serious needs, so they set to work immediately. In their first three months of service, the sisters opened a hospital and a grade school. The sisters established an innovative prepaid health plan for miners and others in which participants contributed $1 a month while in good health, which entitled them to free admission. By 1882, efforts were underway to establish a larger hospital and as the hospital grew, sisters from across the country were drawn to serve in Utah, their pioneering spirits driving them to find new ways to educate girls and women, care for orphans, and heal the sick. For decades these women filled the critical needs of the community that no others were prepared to meet.
Over the years, as the healthcare environment and delivery system in the United States became more complex, the sisters decided to move away from the acute hospital setting and to look at new and innovative ways to reach out to the underserved and under-insured. In 1994, the Sisters created Holy Cross Ministries (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) to continue their tradition of compassionate service. Through innovative services and programs, Holy Cross Ministries and its collaborative partners in the community, has been successful in delivering compassionate service and effective programming driven by the commitment to serve those in need.
More than 140 years later, Holy Cross Ministries continues to serve the poor, underserved and marginalized, especially women and children in Utah. These services are provided without regard to age, gender, faith, race, ethnicity, or ability to pay. We conduct this work through prenatal, early childhood, and youth education; information and referrals; legal immigration assistance, primarily for victims of crimes such as domestic violence; and bilingual outreach services in partnership with low-income clinics, which help people connect with community resources.