Director Honored for Life-Changing Vision

Fred Smith, our Director of Program Development, recently received the Innovations in Public Safety Partnership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Correction at their 2013 Beyond Excellence Awards banquet. This well-deserved honor was given in recognition of Fred’s long-standing commitment to helping men and women lead successful, productive lives after incarceration. During his 10 years […]

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27 Years of Service and Compassion

When Robert Branconnier and his wife, Agatha, were hired by our founder, Father Louis Canino, in 1986, they expected to work at St. Francis House for a year and then move on to another challenge. “We thought homelessness in Boston would be solved in a matter of months,” says Robert, who recently retired after 27 […]

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Guest Profile: Finding the Light

Rose never dreamed she would stand in front of 385 people at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, sharing her personal story. “I was broken, wounded, hurting,” she told the audience. “Coming to St. Francis House was my salvation.” Rose had grown up in Worcester, in a strict Italian family that emphasized hard work and did not […]

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Home for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, many of our guests will have the chance to do something they haven’t done in months or years – celebrate the joy of having a home. “I can’t believe it,” guests say, as they think about waking up in their own room or apartment. “Neysa made this happen.” Neysa Johnson, our […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2013

The Christmas tree at our house is always decorated with small white lights that shine in the darkness and create a warm glow on cold winter nights. Often I’ll sit and stare at the lights, which form an indoor constellation. On Christmas morning, my husband and I, our children, and my mother will gather around […]

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