From The Boston Globe: On Thanksgiving, Boston-area homeless shelters serve moments of community

By Sean Cotter, November 24, 2023

BOSTON — Jerrod Masucci and Kelly Davino are here together, and that’s something to be grateful for.

That was among the blessings that the pair, who generally spend their nights on the streets of Boston, counted as they sat in the aroma of the still-cooking Thanksgiving meal in the St. Francis House shelter building downtown on Thursday morning.

“It’s been a rough time,” Masucci, 35, said. “At least we have each other.”

He smiled at his partner Davino, 47, sitting next to him, and they both at the same time reached a hand out for the other to clasp.

They were two of what St. Francis House president Karen LaFrazia said were expected to be around 350 people to come to the shelter’s annual Thanksgiving meal, which about 30 volunteers help serve restaurant-style. Similar events are a tradition at neighborhood and homeless-services organizations in the area, seeking to provide community, joy, and friendly faces to those who are struggling.

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