Meet Antonio: Immigration Counselor

“We serve everybody,” Antonio shares from his desk, recounting his “ten years that have been very rewarding” as the Immigration Counselor. Every day, guests come in hopes that Antonio will be able to provide counsel and support. One recently became homeless due to a fire – all of his belongings in ashes. Antonio was successfully […]

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Former employee running Boston Marathon for Team St. Francis House

Christine O’Halloran’s connection to St. Francis House is strong.  As a former instructor in our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program she’s witnessed firsthand the power of our programs and services in helping rebuild lives. Christine will run the 2016 Boston Marathon for our guests at St. Francis House, who have been knocked down by life’s […]

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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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After 21 Years of Saying Hello, Mario Says Goodbye

He was the first person to greet guests at the door, the caretaker of St. Francis House’s most vulnerable, the bearer of home-grown vegetables and the feeder of the tropical sh in the lobby. Security staff member, Mariano de Jesus, the organization’s longest serving employee, has retired. Known by his nickname Mario, the former national […]

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The Women’s Center Trinity: Healing Mind, Body and Spirit

Women come to the Carolyn Connors Women’s Center for many reasons: to relax, sip a cup of coffee, acquire toiletries, chat with friends, watch television or use the computer. But they also come to the center to heal. “I’ve witnessed lovely acts of kindness in the women’s center,” says mental health clinician Corey Bisceglia-Kane. “Women […]

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Director Honored for Life-Changing Vision

Fred Smith, our Director of Program Development, recently received the Innovations in Public Safety Partnership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Correction at their 2013 Beyond Excellence Awards banquet. This well-deserved honor was given in recognition of Fred’s long-standing commitment to helping men and women lead successful, productive lives after incarceration. During his 10 years […]

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27 Years of Service and Compassion

When Robert Branconnier and his wife, Agatha, were hired by our founder, Father Louis Canino, in 1986, they expected to work at St. Francis House for a year and then move on to another challenge. “We thought homelessness in Boston would be solved in a matter of months,” says Robert, who recently retired after 27 […]

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Home for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, many of our guests will have the chance to do something they haven’t done in months or years – celebrate the joy of having a home. “I can’t believe it,” guests say, as they think about waking up in their own room or apartment. “Neysa made this happen.” Neysa Johnson, our […]

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