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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Lighting The Way: Director’s Message Fall 2014

For weeks now, I’ve been looking out my office window at a construction site a couple of streets over. Every day a crane lifts metal beams that will become part of a high rise containing luxury condominiums – the fourth high rise in this neighborhood in the past two years. What a change from 30 […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2013

The Christmas tree at our house is always decorated with small white lights that shine in the darkness and create a warm glow on cold winter nights. Often I’ll sit and stare at the lights, which form an indoor constellation. On Christmas morning, my husband and I, our children, and my mother will gather around […]

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Director’s Message Fall 2013

Dear Friends, At St. Francis House we never give up on anyone – ever – because we know from years of experience that, until a person draws their last breath, there is always the possibility for growth and change. I think about that each time I get into an elevator here, because often I’ll ride […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2012

People often ask me if the holiday season is depressing at St. Francis House, and my answer is always a resounding “No, it’s my favorite time of year.” I have my aunt to thank for that. Aunt Dot dedicated her life to the Salvation Army. She ran a meals program when I was a child, […]

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