A Word of Thanks

Corporate volunteer teams from Boston Consulting Group, Citizen’s Bank, De Gruyter, EMC, Fairmont Copley Hotel, Google, Fidelity, Finard Properties, Hercules Technology, Intel, Kaymbu Inc., Kensington Properties, Knowledgent, Inc., Natixis Investment Managers, Oracle, Partners HealthCare, RobbinsKersten Direct, and Wayfair.
The St. Francis House Emerging Leaders and Lir for hosting Race to the Finish Line, a fundraiser supporting our 2015 Boston Marathon team — Maria Arabatzis, Mary Collins, Jennifer Nodelman, and Colby and Eva Smidt, who ran 26.2 miles for SFH guests and raised $49,735, exceeding their original goals by $7,235. Overall, SFH raised more than $55,000 through our marathon efforts. St. Francis House Irish Committee, the Irish Social House of West Roxbury, and Noel Henry’s Irish Showband, for hosting their May 22 bene t for St. Francis House, raising $32,000.
Members and friends of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellesley, for their Lenten clothing drive and donation of $22,000.
The Hyatt Regency Boston, for collecting 502 pairs of shoes for our guests in partnership with the Boston Improvement District, the Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New England Revolution in honor of #OneBostonDay.
The North End Friends of St. Francis House, led by Olivia Scimeca and John Romano, for their annual flea market and bake sale which raised $20,009, and to the Nazzaro Community Center for again donating event space.
Volunteers and donors who created a special 8th Annual Women’s Day of Renewal for female guests of St. Francis House including hair, nails and makeup, foot soaks, massages, yoga, and gift bags. Special thanks to keynote speaker State Senator Jennifer Flanagan.
The SFH staff for their enthusiasm in learning and implementing our new Efforts To Outcomes database and ID scanning system, which will help SFH document how guests engage in our services and the impact of our comprehensive programming.
The New England Center for Arts & Technology, a new community partner focused on job training in culinary arts and technology, for hosting, donating space, and providing student- run catering for the graduation of Class 149 of the Moving Ahead Program (MAP).
Joe Texeira, Manager of the Moving Ahead Program (MAP), for nearly 18 years of commitment to St. Francis House and MAP. Building on his early career in early childhood education, Joe is leaving to launch his own mission- driven venture for kids, “FUN BUS Fitness FUN on Wheels.”
Men’s Wearhouse, for collecting more than 500 men’s and women’s suits and professional apparel items through their annual National Suit Drive, to bene t MAP students in their career development.
THE SALAH FOUNDATION for their transformative gift of $250,000, and the naming of THE SALAH FOUNDATION Dining Room.
Maribeth Perry of Lawyer’s Clearinghouse, and the law firms who provided free legal clinics for our guests: Brown Rudnick, Choate Hall & Stewart, Goulston & Storrs, Liberty Mutual Legal Department, Locke Lord, Mintz Levin, Nixon Peabody, Nolan Sheehan Patten, Ropes & Gray, and WilmerHale. Thanks also to volunteers from legal departments at Boston Scientific Corporation, FM Global, Klein Hornig, MassHousing, and Verizon.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Metropolitan Moving and Storage Corporation for a van full of toiletries for our Day Center.
For the extraordinary outpouring of support from community partners and donors that enabled St. Francis House to nimbly respond to the closing of the Long Island Shelter in Boston Harbor by hosting 25 women for overnights in our Atrium and dining room from October–May.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) high school Robotics teams from Durham, NH, who contributed 1,000 toothbrushes to our guests.
Dignity You Wear, a Florida-based company, for multiple large shipments of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes for our casual clothing department, Fresh Threads.
Boston Share Network, for providing nearly $1,000 each month to help guests obtain Massachusetts IDs.