Race to the Finish Line is always a moving testament to the resiliency of our guests and the generosity of our supporters.

Tickets on sale in early March

On April 11, over 100 St. Francis House supporters gathered at Joe’s American Bar and Grill on the Waterfront to celebrate and raise funds for Team St. Francis House.  The event was part of the St. Francis House’s marathon campaign to raise $75,000 for our programs and services.  Race to the Finish Line was organized and staffed by the Emerging Leaders of St. Francis House, our young professionals group.

Team St. Francis House runners were introduced by President and CEO Karen LaFrazia.  She spoke of a St. Francis House guest who each runner could think of when they needed to dig deep and get through the race.  Each runner spoke at the microphone telling their stories of connection and dedication to St. Francis House.

The raffle prizes for the night brought in almost $2,000 and included Red Sox tickets, nights a the Marriott Copley Plaza and the Park Plaza Hotel, and a variety of restaurant packages.

We were thrilled to have several executives from our Premier sponsor, Webster Bank,  in attendance.  Regional President, Deb Drapalla addressed the guests and was thrilled about Webster Bank’s continued support of the St. Francis House mission.  Thank you to Joe’s American Bar and Grill for the excellent service and hors d’oeuvres.

Joe’s American Bar and Grill (Top Catch lounge, upstairs)
100 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA


Support 2018 Team St. Francis House sponsored by Webster Bank.
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For photos from last year’s event, scroll to the bottom.

Please join us and our five runners at Race to The Finish Line to support their commitment, days before they tackle the Boston Marathon!

Donate to a specific team member, using links below, or make a donation to be spread across the team. All funds raised by Team St. Francis House will go towards the wrap-around services we provide our guests 365 days a year.

Dave Cavanagh

I am very excited to be running the 2018 Boston Marathon as part of the St. Francis House team. SFH is an incredibly impactful organization that helps poor and homeless men and women every single day. Please join me in supporting their mission!


Andrea Clavijo

I am so proud to have partnered with St. Francis House as a member of it’s 5-person team for the 2018 Boston Marathon. As a loved one completes their cancer treatment over the next few months, I pledged to run a marathon in solidarity, and support them in the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do. St. Francis House took a chance on a novice runner like myself to make this marathon-running effort a reality and ultimately a win for cancer AND homelessness. I hope you will consider contributing to my cause and helping me cross that beautiful finish line on my favorite day of the year.

Meghan Grieves

I am beyond excited to be running my first marathon for St. Francis House. This incredible organization rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. This marathon will be extra special for me, as I will be running alongside my dad. We both will be running in honor and memory of my uncle Ricky, who was born with Down syndrome and passed away 10 years ago. My uncle displayed joy and unconditional love to everyone he met, and always looked to help those around him. He had such a gracious spirit and love for life, and I am so grateful for the impact he had on my life. I can’t wait to run my heart out for him.

Keirsa Johnson

I am very excited to be running the Boston Marathon for St. Francis House this year.  After college I spent a year and a half as AmeriCorps member working for an organization serving the homeless population in Southern Colorado.  I saw first hand the challenges of providing a broad menu of services to shelter guests – from hot meals and clean clothes, to life skills coaching and affordable housing – and how incredibly important those services were.  St. Francis House provides those vital services in the Boston community and I am proud to be part of their 2018 Boston Marathon Team.

Kristin Carroll

Boston has always been like a second home to me – my family is there and I spent my first years out of college starting my career there. This year I have been given the unique chance to do two things I have never done before: run a road marathon and be part of a fundraising team. It is incredible to be able to do both at the Boston Marathon. The people at St. Francis House in Boston give opportunities to people in need that they might not have had somewhere else. Being able to contribute to this cause will make this marathon, a bucket list experience for me, more than I could have ever imagined.

Being a ‘social runner’ in college I wouldn’t have believed how I could challenge myself as an adult runner, running for health and now running for the benefit of others. I have run distances from 5k’s to 50 miles on roads and trails. This distance, the 26.2, will be my first on the road and my first charity effort. I am thrilled to do it at the Boston Marathon.