Executive Director receives Massachusetts House of Representatives Citation

July 19, 2016

Christina Smith


Executive Director Karen LaFrazia recognized for her twenty years of leadership

BOSTON, July 19, 2016 – Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives joined to present Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director at St. Francis House, with a citation honoring her twenty years of service and leadership at St. Francis House. Representative Paul Donato of Medford gave remarks as Representatives Aaron Michlewitz and Paul McMurtry presented the citation during the formal legislative session at the Massachusetts State House.

”Having worked with Karen and St. Francis House over the years, I am so thrilled to help present this well-deserved citation, recognizing her twenty years of leadership at St. Francis House” Representative Michlewitz shared.

Representative Paul McMurtry noted “Ms. LaFrazia’s two decades of service at St. Francis House truly embodies the mission of St. Francis House’s care and compassion for the less fortunate among us.”

The citation was presented in recognition of Ms. LaFrazia’s twenty years of service and leadership at St. Francis House. Under her leadership, she has provided a guiding vision of growth and created a culture that fosters innovation, making St. Francis House a model of integrated programs and services for homeless men and women and people experiencing poverty.

“I am so deeply honored and appreciate being acknowledged by the Massachusetts House of Representatives,” thanked LaFrazia. “St. Francis House’s success is due to the collective community efforts, partnerships, and support of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and their compassionate support for the many individuals we serve year round.”

Karen LaFrazia with citation at MA State House

Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Karen LaFrazia of St. Francis House, and Rep. Paul McMurtry at Massachusetts State House

Most recently, in April 2016, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs (POUA), Ms. LaFrazia led the purchase of the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union (BYMCU) building at 48 Boylston Street in Boston. The property will be redeveloped by St. Francis House to create 46 units of much needed affordable housing in the community, strengthening St. Francis House’s mission to provide pathways to stability for individuals experiencing homelessness.

At the invitation of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Ms. LaFrazia also serves on the City of Boston’s Leadership Council to End Homelessness. Ms. LaFrazia holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Regis College, in recognition of her commitment to social justice and service to ‘the dear neighbor’.


About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of Boston, St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty.

St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. For over thirty years, every day of the year, we meet guests’ basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. We transform lives by using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing the behavioral health, housing and employment needs.  We commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.