Franciscan Mission Warehouse | Project C.U.R.E. exists to bring resources and lifesaving medical supplies to the places in the world where they are needed most. Our mission is to care for those who can not care for themselves and to deliver hope to families and communities most in need.
We are better together
In 2018, the Franciscan Mission Warehouse affiliated with Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Today, we are Franciscan Mission Warehouse | Project C.U.R.E. and operate as a Project C.U.R.E. collection site, sending life-saving medical supplies and equipment to Project C.U.R.E.’s headquarters in Denver, CO, for shipment to needy areas of the world. We aspire to become a Project C.U.R.E. Distribution Center by 2020, increasing our international shipments from 12-14 per year, to over 40 per year.
1977 — Mission house established in Brazil
1982 — Convent moved to Independence, Mo.
1995 — 1st shipment to Brazil
2000 — Warehouse built
2018 — Affiliation with Project C.U.R.E.
Sister Andrea Kantner has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist since 1954. She taught in several grade schools staffed by the Community in addition to teaching in the Girls' Boarding Academy in Nevada, Missouri.
In 1977, she helped to open a mission in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Her work there involved teaching in the public school and adult education programs, assisting in the small Health Clinic and Maternity Hospital owned by the Sisters. She helped establish 15 small Parish communities along the Jurua River.
In 2018, Franciscan Mission Warehouse affiliated with Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries. The mission and values of our two organizations are in perfect alignment and the future is bright.
Sister Andrea and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist are still involved with the running of the warehouse, and their legacy will never be lost as we grow to help even more people around the world.
Upon returning to the States in 1995, Sister Andrea and the other Sisters began sending much needed supplies to friends and villages in Brazil where Sister Andrea had worked (now staffed by Dominican Sisters). These small shipments grew over the years until, in 2000, a warehouse was built to stage the materials. This developed into what is now the Franciscan Mission Warehouse.
Our mission has continued to grow, and we have shipped over 327 shipments to more than 31 countries valued at over $33 million.
Without our partners, our work would not be possible. We partner with medical facilities, global charity partners, and other organizations like ours, sharing information and arranging for shipments to those in need. These partnerships are one of our greatest assets, expanding our opportunity to provide for more people around the world.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center - Pawnee, Illinois
C.R.O.S.S. Ministries - Osceola, Iowa
Hospital Linen Service
North Kansas City Hospital
Overland Park Regional
Research Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center/Advent Health
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Luke’s South Hospital
Truman Medical Center, East
University of Kansas Medical Center