A Word of Thanks

Thank you to these individuals, organizations, and companies for their generous donations of time, materials, and talent:

John Refford, VP of Strategic Marketing Technology at Natixis Investment Managers, for chairing our Social Media Advisory Committee and helping us develop our social media plan. John’s guidance has been invaluable.
Men’s Wearhouse, for partnering with us for their 6th annual National Suit Drive. Throughout July, stores across Eastern Massachusetts collected men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, and pairs of slacks. This clothing will benefit our Fresh Threads Clothing Program and students in our Moving Ahead Program.
EyeBLINK, for hosting a pizza party for our guests on June 22, as part of their annual A Slice of Hope project, which brings pizza and live music to homeless shelters nationwide. Also thanks to Caleb Hensinger and Travis Bliss for playing soft jazz in our dining room.

Our amazing 2013 Boston Marathon© team: Ryan Aldrich, Mary Collins, Chris Hunter, Kris Lokere, and Mike Adams, a proud MAP graduate. The team trained and worked hard for months, raising an extraordinary $36,000 for St. Francis House. Ryan, Chris, and Kris completed the marathon shortly before bombs disrupted the race. Mike and Mary were turned back less than a mile from the finish line. All five runners were unhurt and told us later that the tragedy did not dampen their enthusiasm for running or for helping our guests.
Shaun McNiff, an internationally recognized authority on healing and the arts, for speaking at our Founder’s Society Appreciation Event on June 11. Professor McNiff, who started the Expressive Arts Therapy graduate program at Lesley University, explained how creativity can benefit people who are struggling with losses or illness. Linda Dolph, who manages our Margaret Stewart Lindsay Art Studio, shared reflections on her work at the event, too.
The dedicated staff members and volunteers who delighted female guests at our Women’s Day of Renewal on May 9. Mary Lou Britton and Anastasia Wright did makeup; Jess Muscaro did nails; and Joanne Regan provided chair massages, as she has in the past. Girls from Thayer Academy helped out, and St. Paul’s Church in South Hamilton donated toiletries and personal items to fill 50 gift bags. Rose Oakes gave the keynote speech.
City Heart founder and organizer Liz Powers, for spearheading the City Heart show and sale on May 4 at the Prudential Center Mall. The annual event features work by talented artists from several local homeless shelters, including St. Francis House.
The North End Friends of St. Francis House, for holding their annual flea market and bake sale to benefit our programs and services. The two-day event featured household treasures and collectibles, delicious baked goods, and Mama Romano’s home- made meatball, eggplant, and sausage sandwiches, which always sell out quickly. This year’s sale raised $9,087 and was matched by a $10,000 gift from Jim and Sheila Barry. The Friends also donated $1,000 in support of our Boston Marathon team. Special thanks to Mary and Frank Romano for making their delicious homemade sandwiches, and to Olivia Scimeca, Kathy Carangelo, and John, Patricia, Johnny, and Christopher Romano, for all of their hard work.
The Irish Committee, for holding its 24th annual dance, which raised $40,610 for St. Francis House. We’re grateful to everyone who helped organize the event or sold raffle tickets for weeks in advance. Special thanks to Bernadette Lahey and Michael Mullen for promoting the event on social media and introducing the dance to a new audience.
The Boston Share Network, for helping us meet our guests’ basic needs through in-kind donations of rain ponchos, personal care items, clothing, and other necessities. The group also provides funding for Mass. IDs, birth certificates, moving expenses, and emergency transportation for employment. We’re especially grateful to the BSN’s founders and leaders, Dot and Len Werst, for their generosity, compassion, and faith in the men and women we serve. Len passed away recently. He will be dearly missed!
St. Francis House is so fortunate to have your support.