Black Lives Matter

To our community,

St. Francis House stands in solidarity with our community of black and brown guests, staff, volunteers, donors, and partners. My heart aches for the families mourning the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. And like so many of you, I am angry. I am angry not just because of these unconscionable acts — but because of the racism and privilege that allows this to happen every day in our country.

It has been present during the COVID-19 pandemic when we see how the virus has hit hardest communities of color. It is present in the disproportionate number of black men in our prisons and it’s present in our shelters. It is felt in the heart of every parent who fears for the life of their black or brown child.

At St. Francis House, we stand in solidarity because Black Lives Matter. To be frank, words feel inadequate to address the injustice experienced by people of color — but silence is its own form of injustice, so I refuse to ignore this urgent matter.

It is not enough to simply be not racist — we must be tirelessly antiracist. We must continue to confront racism and have uncomfortable conversations with one another in order to persevere towards a more equitable society.

I’m angry and sad, and I’m hopeful. Hopeful that this will be the moment we all come together to dismantle systemic racism and structural inequality.

An unwavering commitment to social justice is what is at the heart of St. Francis House. It is why we come to work every day. It is our work that sustains us when we feel helpless in the wake of these atrocities.

And that is why St. Francis House will always be a place of refuge for our guests. We will continue to support our mission to welcome and protect each person who walks through our doors. We will ease their pain, and support their recovery. We will find jobs and secure housing. We will fight for racial equity.

Thank you for your partnership and strong support of our work and thank you for working with us to understand, listen, learn, and grow towards a more just world.

Sincerely,

Karen LaFrazia
CEO and President
St. Francis House