From the Boston Herald: Boston’s St. Francis House offers Christmas spirit, prepares for affordable housing project

By Lance Reynolds, December 25, 2022

Catching some downtime inside St. Francis House on Sunday, Karen LaFrazia took in the Christmas spirit that filled the homeless shelter’s kitchen and dining room.

LaFrazia, the agency’s president and CEO, watched 350 guests enjoy plates full of stuffed chicken breast, butternut squash, mashed potatoes and string beans. Roughly 30 volunteers served the meals restaurant style during St. Francis House’s annual Christmas Day lunch.

“The thing that fills me with warmth is when I look at the people who are housed and the people who are unhoused, there’s real fellowship happening,” LaFrazia said. “The folks who are coming here are the same as anyone who lives in any neighborhood around the Commonwealth. They’d be great neighbors.”

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