All the Way Home is a moving testament to the resiliency of our guests and the commitment and generosity of our supporters.


On Wednesday October 25, Governor Charlie Baker and more than 450 of Boston’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates at the Fairmont Copley Plaza joined to support St. Francis House’s annual All The Way Home gala, raising over $750,000. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“Helping individuals and families fighting homelessness is a top priority for our administration and the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are committed to working with partners like St. Francis House to provide support services, affordable housing, workforce development training and recovery services for our most vulnerable populations.”


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On Wednesday October 25, Governor Charlie Baker and more than 450 of Boston’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates at the Fairmont Copley Plaza joined to support St. Francis House’s annual All The Way Home gala.

The All the Way Home gala celebrates and raises funds for St. Francis House, the Commonwealth’s largest day shelter serving over 500 poor and homeless men and women each day. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  The fundraising dinner helped raise over $750,000 for the program and services at St. Francis House.

“Helping individuals and families fighting homelessness is a top priority for our administration and the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are committed to working with partners like St. Francis House to provide support services, affordable housing, workforce development training and recovery services for our most vulnerable populations.”

The event highlighted the work of St. Francis House and the impact it is making on the lives of the individuals it serves.

Additionally, it highlighted the redevelopment of their new building at 48 Boylston Street, in partnership with the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, which will create 46 new units of affordable housing, a social business enterprise, and more robust counseling services.

Speakers at the podium included event co-chairs Dan Brownell, of Fidelity Investments, and Pam Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable. Both co-chairs recounted the tireless work and commitment of the evening’s honoree, St. Francis House board member and Head of Technology and Global Services at Fidelity Investments, Steve Neff.

“Here at St. Francis House, we keep our doors open 365 days a year, welcoming and serving 6,800 unique individuals every year with compassionate care,” said Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House. “Thanks to the countless ways our supporters sustain our life-changing mission, St. Francis House is able to create more housing, employment and recovery opportunities with the renovation of 48 Boylston Street.

There are a million reasons people get lost – childhood trauma, addiction, mental illness, poverty.  But the big difference between many of us and our guests is that we’ve had a safety net when things have fallen apart — and they have not.”

Honoree Steve Neff recounted his experiences as Board member and active volunteer.

“St. Francis House truly does rebuild lives. Since I’ve become involved as a Board member for the past nine years, I have been genuinely moved by the grace and compassion with which they serve their guests who come to St. Francis House for an opportunity to rebuild their lives.”

The evening concluded with a inspiring and hopeful story of recovery from our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program graduate Andrew.

MAP is where I saw possibility, a future, and felt the kind of validation you can only get from people who have been through trials as bad as yours – and sometimes event worse.  For the first time in my life, I shared my story honestly and completely.  It’s where I finally understood how much I had overcome, not just how much I had screwed up, lost, or missed out on.”

Watch Andrew’s Story

Thank you so much to all our supporter and sponsors.

The evening concluded with a inspiring and hopeful story of recovery from our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program graduate Andrew.

MAP is where I saw possibility, a future, and felt the kind of validation you can only get from people who have been through trials as bad as yours – and sometimes event worse.  For the first time in my life, I shared my story honestly and completely.  It’s where I finally understood how much I had overcome, not just how much I had screwed up, lost, or missed out on.”

Watch Andrew’s Story

We are proud to recognize this year’s 2017 All The Way Home Honoree, Steve Neff.


Steve Neff Photo_St Francis House

As Head of Technology and Global Services at Fidelity Investments, Steve Neff is responsible for the oversight, coordination and execution of the firm’s technology functions and global business services. In this capacity, he chairs the Fidelity Technology Chief Information Officer Council. Additionally, Steve is a member of Fidelity’s Executive Operating Committee.

Steve has been with Fidelity since 1996 and has held a number of executive positions at the firm, including senior technology consultant, chief information officer for Fidelity’s Asset Management business, vice president of Technology Infrastructure and senior vice president of Technology Support and Operations. Before joining Fidelity, Steve served in a number of technology leadership roles with Salomon Brothers in New York and London. He began his career at IBM Corporation.

Throughout his career, Steve has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. He is steadfast in his belief that the innovation necessary to deliver solutions that exceed customers’ needs can only be achieved by encouraging the unique differences, talents and perspectives of each Fidelity associate.

Steve is the executive sponsor of Fidelity’s PRIDE employee resource group, a firm-wide team that supports the LGBTA employee community. Additionally, he is actively involved with the firm’s Women in IT Special Interests Group, a global team focused on building a thriving community of women within Fidelity’s technology space.

Externally, Steve is a board member and active volunteer at St. Francis House, which provides comprehensive services for Boston’s homeless population. He is a Board member of Common Impact, a non-profit organization that connects business professionals with high potential local non-profits. Steve also rides annually in the Pan-Mass Challenge® to raise funds for cancer care and research.

In 2016, Steve received the Rossof Award for driving the new vision for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He also received the Boston CIO of the Year Leadership Award in 2016. Steve and his wife Mary have four children and one grandson.

We are grateful to the 2017 All The Way Home Event Co-Chairs, Dan Brownell, Head of Advanced Process Solutions at Fidelity Investments, and Pam Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable.

Event Co-Chairs

Dan Brownell
Pam Norley

Honorary Event Co-Chairs

Governor Charles D. Baker
Mayor Martin J. Walsh

2017 All The Way Home Event Host Committee

Lisa B. Alberghini
Jim and Sheila Barry
Bob Bettacchi
Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM, PhD
David and Janet Coyle
Quinton and Sandra Dale
Mark C. Doyle
Elizabeth Dugan
Timothy and Kathy Egan
Senator James B. Eldridge
Rick and Kathy Hughto
Al Kaneb
Judith A. Malone and Stephen W. Kidder
Honorary Host Committee Member Senator Edward J. Markey
Richard J. Meelia
Jennifer A. Nodelman
Timothy Nolan
Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley
Betsy Palmer and Tom Reilly
Maureen Rogers
Michael and Jennifer Sexton
Susan L. Sgroi
Graham Shalgian and Noreen McMahon
Rosalyn and Richard Slifka
Vincent J. Spiziri
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

 

On Wednesday October 26, 2016, more than 440 of Boston’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates were at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to support St. Francis House’s 15th Annual  All The Way Home Gala. The event celebrates and raises funds for St. Francis House, Boston’s largest day shelter, providing refuge and pathways to stability for more than 500 poor and homeless men and women each day.  This year we are proud to announce the amazing success of the event with revenue of over $784,000.

All The Way Home was chaired by Michael Puzo, Partner, Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, and honored Judith Malone and Stephen Kidder, for their long-standing generosity to St. Francis House as well as their tireless work on behalf of many non-profits and cultural institutions in Greater Boston.

All The Way Home Honorees
Mike Puzo, Event Chair, Christine Puzo, Judy Malone, Event Honoree, Karen LaFrazia, SFH Executive Director, Stephen Kidder, Event Honoree
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Judy Malone and Stephen Kidder

The program included St. Francis House board chair, Tim Egan, St. Francis House board member Father Tom Conway, as well as Executive Director Karen LaFrazia.  Our honorees were introduced by our event chair, Mike Puzo, long time friend of Judy and Steve and St. Francis House supporter.

In Judy’s words from the podium, “In Boston, we are truly fortunate to have St. Francis House. I’m so proud to serve on the St. Francis House board for over eight years, watching how St. Francis House has transformed lives. From meals to housing, they are always open, always offering guests a helping hand to rebuild their lives.”

Ursel at podium

The night concluded with a video introducing our Moving Ahead Program graduate, Ursel. We are so thankful Ursel shared her transformative experience with our audience.

Watch Ursel’s Story

For someone like me, who arrived at St. Francis House broken and scared, with no voice, it is a safe haven. It’s a place where people care, even when I’m at my worst.”