St. Francis House marks 33 years

Guests line up, seeking lunch at St. Francis House in 1984, opening year.

This October 2017, President & CEO Karen LaFrazia shared a reflection. Today is the Feast Day of Saint Francis and the anniversary of the founding of St. Francis House. Thirty three years ago today we opened our doors for the very first time. The picture shows the line of guests that formed in the days there after, a line that stretched all […]

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Marking National Homeless Memorial Day

Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director, St. Francis House

A message from Karen LaFrazia Tonight, as we eagerly mark the winter solstice as the turning point to longer days filled with sunshine, many in our community will be grappling with the longest night of the year. On this December 21, we mark National Homeless Memorial Day in recognition of all who passed away while […]

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Karen LaFrazia recognized with citation at MA House of Representatives

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives including Speaker DeLeo, and Reps. Michlewitz and McMurtry presented a citation honoring Karen LaFrazia’s twenty years of leadership here at St. Francis House. “Ms. LaFrazia’s two decades of service truly embodies the mission of St. Francis House’s care and compassion for the less fortunate among us,” Rep. McMurtry […]

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Karen LaFrazia spoke on NECN with Executive Director of Pine Street Inn

NECN’s “The Take” hosted Karen along with Pine Street Inn’s Lyndia Downie for a discussion about the struggles that homeless individuals are facing. Acknowledging the support of our neighbors and community, Karen pinned focus on the State to increase funding in line with the overwhelming strain on our coalition as a statewide safety net for […]

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Boston Marathon team celebrates at Race To Finish Line Party

Our marathon team had a busy start to April. On Wednesday, April 13, the Race to The Finish Line cocktail fundraiser hosted by our Emerging Leaders brought together the runners with their supporters to enjoy music and cocktails along with raffle prizes. At the event, Executive Director Karen LaFrazia addressed the commitment and dedication of […]

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Karen LaFrazia counters Justin Keller of San Francisco, CA

You may have recently heard about “Tech Bro” Justin Keller, who made nationwide news saying he feels he “shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people” in San Francisco. Executive Director Karen LaFrazia penned a stirring response on the (in)visibility of homeless individuals in Boston, and the compassion of our community. […]

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St. Francis House’s Makeover

St. Francis House has a new facade. The facelift, which was unveiled in July, includes new light fixtures, colored panels, and signage announcing St. Francis House and its tagline, “Rebuilding Lives,” which is visible when approaching the building from both directions. Those upgrades and a good power washing show off the stunning architectural features of […]

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Director’s Message Fall 2015

Dear Friends, Last week my mother celebrated her 90th birthday! Amidst the festivities and the visiting family there were many conversations around our kitchen table. My mother reminisced about the good times and the tough times. I never grow tired of listening to the stories of how she, one of ten children, grew up during […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2014

Dear Friends, I close my eyes and I remember the house as if it were yesterday—Marian McCarthy’s. She was my mother’s best friend from childhood and they had remained as close as sisters through their teenaged years and 20s, marriage and kids, thick and thin. My mother used to regularly bring my brother, sister and […]

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