What do you do when you can’t just “get a job”? 

A crucial part of our mission here at St. Francis House is helping our guests find work. But for many of our guests, working – whether full or part-time – is just not possible. They may have chronic health conditions or disabilities that make working too difficult. They may be at a point in their […]

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Joe Moves Ahead Thanks to the Moving Ahead Program

“For precocity, some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life”—Margaret Fuller My name is Joe Simpson. I grew up in a small town called Roper, North Carolina. There was a paper mill there called Weyerhaeuser, where they produced paper products and lumber for building materials. The majority of my family worked at […]

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Congratulations MAP Class 186!

Congratulations to the 186th class of the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program, who graduated with all smiles on February 19, 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic altering how we offer our services, the highly successful 14-week life-and-job-skills training course has continued to prep students experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder to overcome barriers, re-enter the workforce […]

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Labor Day: The Meaning of Work

Labor Day means different things to different people. It’s the end of summer. The kids go back to school. It’s football, apples, and pumpkins just around the corner. But if we look at the true meaning of the day, it is–most importantly–a time to think about work. Our work helps define us. If we have […]

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Despite the Quarantine, Dog Care Academy Graduates

Graduates Michelle and Matt with Instructor Leah (L-R) In late June, the graduation ceremony for the St. Francis House Dog Care Academy was held: a picnic in the park where the graduates sat socially distanced, recounted their experiences, and shared their hopes. While she knew that there was no predicting the future, especially for a […]

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MAP Grads Demonstrate Resilience

COVID-19 has disrupted pretty much everything, and that includes the experience for our Moving Ahead Program’s 184th class. When the class began this winter, it was business as usual. Eager, ready to learn, and often a tiny bit nervous — our students began their journey in the classroom. They got to know each other, mapped […]

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Moving Ahead through COVID-19 for MAP

Since it first began 25 years ago, our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP) has helped hundreds of those who’ve experienced homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and/or a history of incarceration, find their footing and regain more stability and purpose in their lives. MAP is a 14-week job and life-skills program that has been an entirely […]

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St. Francis House Helps to Coordinate the “Barrier Buster” Financial Housing Assistance

For people experiencing homelessness across the United States, COVID-19 hit hard. Sudden closures of the services people relied on, and limited access to basic needs created an additional barrier for those already scraping by. For the City of Boston and St. Francis House, the concern immediately turned to the health and safety of our guests. […]

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