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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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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Director’s Message: Fall 2012

Dear Friends, Most of us think of Labor Day as our last chance for a barbeque or trip to the beach before the new school year starts and the warm days of summer give way to hectic fall schedules. Yet the holiday actually celebrates something far more important: the dignity and value of work. Our […]

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