February Snowstorm Update: St. Francis House to open early


The City of Boston is expecting a snowstorm tomorrow, Thursday February 9. Mayor Marty Walsh has declared a snow emergency in effect starting at 10AM.

How is St. Francis House responding in anticipation of the snowstorm?

In anticipation of the expected frigid weather and snowfall, we will open an hour and a half earlier at 5:00AM. This ensures we can provide a warm, safe refuge for those in need.

We will stay open through to our normal close of the day at 3PM to coincide with the opening hours of night time shelters.

Community Collaboration in Downtown Boston

When the Boston Police, MBTA Transit Police, and Downtown Boston Improvement District staff come across people in need during pre-dawn hours, they know we are open earlier than usual, and encourage these homeless individuals to come to St. Francis House. This lifesaving teamwork ensures that people in need can avoid higher risk of frostbite, hypothermia, or death.

How can I help?

If you see a homeless person out on the street on your way to work, please encourage them to come to 39 Boylston Street. All are welcome during the daytime for warmth, a hot breakfast/lunch, and winter clothing basics.

We are in need of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and shoes. Please consider stopping by and donating a set to drop off here at 39 Boylston Street anytime. Our lobby always is staffed 24/7, able to accept and ensure our clothing department receives the items.

Take a look at the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development resource page with additional cold weather resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. Help cross-promote that link so that the community at large is informed on how to help!