Welcome to Otunga House, your home away from home for Adult Foster Care in Bend, Oregon.
Why do we call our home "Otunga House?”
Otunga House is named after Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga (1923-2003), the first Roman Catholic cardinal of Kenya. The word “Otunga” refers to a wooden staff the elderly lean on for support, a divine detail that holds great meaning for us. Throughout his life Cardinal Otunga was the epitome of loving devotion to others, regardless of their of their religious affiliation.
It is said that "Otunga was not like other people. When playing with children, he never fought with any of them, but simply enjoyed being with his friends. Even if you beat or insulted him, he would never lay his hands on you.”
Cardinal Otunga committed his life to God. He was a man of deep caring and concern for others, leaving a legacy of extraordinary humility and compassion.
For the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (Kenya), Cardinal Otunga was not only a dear friend, he was also their inspiration. It’s with that spirit of love and service that they came to Bend five years ago on a mission to serve the elderly and others unable to live by themselves.
Our Adult Foster Care Home is a manifestation of their devotion.
Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga
The Sisters of the Otunga House in Bend.