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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New Roles, New Ideas

St. Francis House is pleased to announce two exciting staff changes that are helping us to better meet the needs of our guests and to continue developing innovative solutions to the complex issues of poverty and homelessness. Maggie Burns was named Director of Development at the end of 2012. Since then, she has led the […]

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Extraordinary Vision

On September 22, our Executive Director, Karen LaFrazia, was honored for her outstanding leadership by the nonprofit HomeStart Inc., at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. “Karen is a leader and visionary in her approach to providing shelter and rehabilitative programs for the poor and homeless in greater Boston,” said Linda Wood-Boyle, President and CEO […]

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A Word of Thanks

Thank you to these individuals, organizations, and companies for their generous donations of time, materials, and talent: Men’s Wearhouse, for partnering with us for its 5th annual National Suit Drive. Throughout July, stores across eastern Massachusetts collected men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, and pairs of slacks. This clothing will benefit MAP students as they […]

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New Space, New Possibilities

First-time visitors to our new fifth- floor usually stop, mutter “wow,” and stand for a minute with mouths wide open. Welcome to the award- winning Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP), which has doubled in size and capacity and is now more effective than ever. “The floor is stunning,” says Joe Texeira, Manager of MAP, […]

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