The Little Sisters' mission is to care for the elderly poor. Founded in France in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan, the international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious has 202 homes in 32 countries around the world. Of that number, 30 are in the United States. St. Martin's, dating to 1869, is the only home in Baltimore. The other closest homes are in Washington, D.C., and Newark, Del.