The Program

The St. Joseph Worker Program is a one-year volunteer experience for women who are passionate about social change. St. Joseph Workers (SJWs) commit to delving deeply into the core values of justice, leadership, spirituality, and living simply in an intentional community.

The St. Joseph Worker Program in Los Angeles is part of a national network of St. Joseph Worker programs committed to serving the dear neighbor through yearlong service. Explore our sister communities in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN, Orange, CA, and Queens, NY.

Sisters of St. Joseph Connection

The St. Joseph Worker Program is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Since 1650, these women have followed the Gospel call to make known God’s love in the midst of the world. Their life together leads them to work for social justice and to “love and serve God and neighbor without distinction.” As our mission communicates, the St. Joseph Worker Program empowers women committed to social change to respond to the needs of the times.

Program Specifics


The St. Joseph Worker Program empowers women to respond to the needs of the time in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph.


The St. Joseph Worker Program creates a year-long service opportunity for women in preparation for a life-long commitment to social change and personal transformation. Individual growth and development is built on the values of leadership, spirituality, social justice and intentional community grounded in living simply and sustainably. Rooted within the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Workers live the mission: “Love of God and the dear neighbor without distinction.”

Each St. Joseph Worker receives:

  • Room
  • Board
  • Health Insurance, including some healthcare costs
  • Transportation to and from placement site
  • Small personal stipend ($125/month)
  • Monthly Programs
  • Spiritual Mentor

Additional benefits may include:

  • College loan deferment or forbearance
  • AmeriCorps Membership and Potential AmeriCorps Educational Awards (part-time) when available
  • Professional Networking and Mentor possibilities