Within our walls, out in the streets: another approach to those in need

The concept of harm reduction has been around for a long while. The philosophy behind the concept is simple. Rather than use a judgmental and punitive approach to harmful behaviors, those who follow this philosophy take a practical approach that keeps people from hurting themselves (and others) – and, hopefully, results in healthier behavior over […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

By now, we’re all aware of the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our community. At St. Francis House, we have seen up close and personal how this scourge impacts the people that we serve. As part of our mission to rebuild lives, we’re committed to doing everything we can to alleviate the impacts of this […]

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Helping our guests with their mental health issues in the time of COVID 

At St. Francis House, mental health issues are something that we’ve always dealt with. We see depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders. We also see a significant number of people who have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder. Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic is making matters worse for our guests. And not surprisingly, our staff is […]

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Mental health: all tangled up with homelessness 

Part 1 of our 3 part series for Mental Health Awareness Month With the COVID-19 pandemic taking a toll on all of us, taking care of our mental health is more important now than ever. Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of difficulty maintaining your mental health while experiencing homelessness, regardless of global emergency. People become […]

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For #GivingTuesday, help St. Francis House continue to give to our guests.

“Our guests first perceive St.Francis House as a safe harbor — a place to rest, eat a warm meal, and get clothes,” says President Karen LaFrazia. “From there, it’s our responsibility to build relationships with them and to offer them other critical resources like case management, medical and psychiatric care, vocational rehabilitation, and help with […]

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Dr. Trudy Good at St. Francis House

Trudy Good

Meet Dr. Trudy Good As a part of the RIZE grant, licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Trudy Good will be spending one Tuesday a month at St. Francis House, offering individual and group trauma counseling and support sessions for all staff members. Dr. Good, of the Riverside Trauma Center, comes to St. Francis House to offer […]

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