St. Francis House provided overnight warmth center this past winter

Shelters throughout the city have reached capacity as the number of homeless men and women continues to grow. As you know, St. Francis House is a day shelter and doesn’t normally provide overnight services. This past winter was an emergency situation in which we opened our doors every night, providing the space for a warming […]

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Reflection: National Homeless Memorial Day 2015

Our President & CEO, Karen LaFrazia, shared a reflection on December 21, 2015. On this day, December 21, we recognize National Homeless Memorial Day in remembrance of all who passed away while homeless. It is a stark reminder that homelessness is a 24-hour, ongoing experience. The darkness and isolation of being without a home, without […]

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Tuesdays with Corey: Guest Profile

“I never trusted anyone enough to tell them my story like I have told Corey.” – Armando Lopez Armando Lopez remembers the scene like it was yesterday. He had gone to see his social worker, Corey Bisceglia-Kane, at St. Francis House. He was upset, ready to abandon his recovery program and desperate for a drink. […]

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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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Guest Profile: Inspiring Through his Story

Mike Griswold’s cell phone rings and he apologizes for answering it, but it’s his son’s school calling. A social worker is following up on some concerns Mike has had about 8-year-old Jameal’s fine motor skills and the two make a plan to meet the following Monday. To someone who doesn’t know Mike’s history, the exchange […]

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Guest Profiles: Lives Restored

Over the past three decades, St. Francis House has helped thousands of guests rebuild their lives.The following stories show some of the ways we have met people’s needs. Kenny’s journey to St. Francis House began three years ago when a “little angel” he knew pulled up beside him on a street in Dorchester and asked, […]

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Guest Profile: Finding the Light

Rose never dreamed she would stand in front of 385 people at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, sharing her personal story. “I was broken, wounded, hurting,” she told the audience. “Coming to St. Francis House was my salvation.” Rose had grown up in Worcester, in a strict Italian family that emphasized hard work and did not […]

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Guest Profile: The Courage to Succeed

Kevin never dreamed he’d become a role model for men and women who are recovering from addiction, abuse, and trauma. For years, he struggled just to survive in an environment that was defined by poverty and despair. “I saw a lot of hopelessness,” he says about the Boston neighborhood where he was born. “Drinking and […]

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Guest Profile: Ingredients for Change

Mike knew from a very young age that he had the potential to become a great chef. “Everyone in my family knows how to cook,” he says. “My mother was a good cook, my father was a good cook, my grandfather was a good cook. It runs in my family on both sides and came […]

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