A Word of Thanks: Fall 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, for meeting with and encouraging MAP students and alumni. Mayor Walsh told the group that “Recovery works” and “Whatever you have lost, you will get back. Just take it one day at a time.”

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, for visiting St. Francis House to learn more about our award-winning Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP).

Dignity U Wear, for donating enough clothing to meet our guests’ needs for two months (2,000 clothing appointments). The clothes – jeans, shirts, underwear, etc. – arrived in two shipments, each one filling an entire train car.

Fleet Maull, co-founder of Path of Freedom (POF) and instructor Mark O’Leary, for bringing the POF mindfulness curriculum to MAP students. POF is a highly effective personal development program that teaches participants to control their stress level and improve their decision-making and emotional resilience.

Latina activist Natasha Vianna, for giving the keynote address at our Women’s Day of Renewal.

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, for speaking at the graduation of MAP Class 135, and for his continued support of the Moving Ahead Program.

State Senator Jamie Eldridge, for displaying paintings and photos by our guests in his State House office. The artwork was featured for more than a month. Senator Eldridge also hosted a public reception, where he told attendees that our guests’ artwork “speaks to their dignity in an often uncaring world and shows that they have something to contribute, to give back to society.”

Carlos Arredondo, Boston Strong civilian hero, and his wife, Melida, for speaking at Race to the Finish Line, a fundraiser in support of our marathon team. Carlos told our runners that their efforts, “honor the city, and we are all Boston Strong because of what you do.”

Our 2014 Boston Marathon team – Gerry Burke, Jeff Clough, Mary Collins, Molly Conway, Chris Hunter, and Kris Lokere – for completing 26.2 miles and raising $55,000 to bene t our programs and services.

Joe Kennedy, his wife, Beth, and volunteers from Citizens Energy, for serving in our kitchen. The New England branches of UBS, for holding a socks drive for St. Francis House on April 4 – the day of the Red Sox home opener. Employees collected more than 9,000 pairs of socks for our guests.

The North End Friends, for holding their annual Flea Market and Bake Sale. The event featured Mama Romano’s homemade sandwiches and raised $20,000.

The Irish Committee, for holding an annual dance for 25 years and raising nearly $1 million to bene t our programs and services.

We’re grateful to everyone who contributed their time and talent to make the event a longstanding success.