The Connections Job Development Program was founded September, 1991, by Sister Joan Foley, a Medical Missionary. We were incorporated as a Non-Profit 5013C Corporation in the State of Florida in June 1992.
Sister Jane Foley was born into a large Catholic family in Worcester, Massachusetts, Sister Joan moved to Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 7. She first heard about Medical Mission Sisters while attending Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, and joined Medical Mission Sisters’ Community in 1954. After training as a Medical Technologist at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, she was missioned to Holy Family Hospital (HFH) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
“I learned how to live in a totally new culture, and to balance that aspect with the responsibility of supervising an extremely busy clinical lab,” she recalls.
Needing more staff for the lab, she initiated the HFH School for Laboratory Technicians, which trained young Pakistanis through a 2-year program. She also served as a local superior, and was then elected District Coordinator in Pakistan.
“We began working on a plan to give over more responsibility to the people with whom we lived and worked, as partners in mission,” Sister Joan explains. “These years were the most exciting and challenging in my missionary vocation … also the most rewarding in terms of the lessons learned and the growth that I experienced.”
Returning to the U.S. in 1974, Sister Joan and several of our other Sisters became involved in community primary health care in rural North Carolina. Next came community and leadership development work with minority groups in Camden County, Georgia. She then served as Coordinator of Medical Mission Sisters Eastern District for 6 years.
After launching and nurturing the program for more than 17 years, Sister Joan Foley retired from Connections in March 2008. She was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2008. Her vision continues today as Connections remains committed to its work with job seekers and employers.
For more information on Medical Mission Sisters, please visit their web site at http://medicalmissionsisters.org.
The Connections Job Development Program is funded by the Pasco County Community Development Block Grant, Pasco County Commisioners, United Way of Pasco County, Bank of America, generous donations from area businesses, churches, and individuals, and donations from the Medical Mission Sisters organization.
In 2000, the Good Connections Thrift Shoppe in New Port Richey, Florida, was established to provide additional funding for the operational expenses of the program.
The Connections Job Development Program is an Off-Site Partner of the Career Central One Stop Center in New Port Richey, Florida. We network with community service organizations, churches, and businesses to strengthen the circle of support in the community.
Your support and contributions enable us to empower our job seekers to return to the workplace. Your generous donations help fund our mission.