The journey out of homelessness is like running a marathon: one step leads to another, mile after mile.
2017 Team St. Francis House
We are pleased to announce that St. Francis House has been awarded 5 guaranteed entries for the 2017 Boston Marathon® as part of John Hancock’s Non-Profit Marathon Program. All funds raised by Team St. Francis House will go toward the wrap-around services St. Francis House provides guests 365 days a year.
This year our team aims to raise $69,000. 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.
I am excited to be running my FIRST marathon ever this April as part of the St. Francis House 2017 Boston Marathon team. I was lucky to learn about St. Francis House this past summer as a volunteer in their kitchen. Now a member of the Emerging Leaders Board, I continue to see first-hand the generosity and love fostered by the St. Francis House team for their guests.
I’ll be running the greatest road race in the world on behalf of St. Francis House, a wonderful organization that I’ve been lucky enough to volunteer with through my workplace. I hope you’ll all help me support all the great work being done for our community here at St. Francis House.
I’m a big believer in St. Francis House’s mission that poverty and homelessness are not identities. My team at Microsoft has partnered closely with St. Francis House, helping with vocational training, resume writing and Microsoft Excel training. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to raise money for this cause and fulfill a lifelong dream of running Boston!
I totally admire St Francis’ unconditional open doors and my grandparents inspired me towards service from a young age. But most off, I am challenged to finish a marathon after breaking my leg in a crash before my final season of NCAA ski racing I spent 15 weeks on crutches. This is my athletic comeback. It was cool to walk again, really cool to ski again, and it will be liberating to finish Boston. I’m proud to be a volunteer on at St. Francis for Waffle Wednesdays. My first fundraising challenge is to get 150 $6 donations. Each meal at Waffle Wednesday costs ~$1.50, so your $6 gift will provide breakfast for 3 folks in Boston!
This marathon is a huge challenge for me. I’m 63 and haven’t been running. But, I’ve done a marathon before, and have confidence that my body will respond again to a training schedule. So, physically, it will be a challenge, but one that I believe can be met. The fact that I am running as a member of the St Francis Marathon Team, makes it meaningful. I have never raised money for a cause before. My wife and I donate to many charities, but I have never asked friends and family to support a charity that I believe in. In my spare time, I enjoy family, watching Charlie Rose on PBS, and reading about politics and government. Judy and I are in hockey rinks a lot. My daughter and son both play hockey. And, lately, I like to run!
What inspires me? The clock! At 63, I know life goes by quickly. I try to pack as much meaning and significance into each day.
I would encourage all SFH guests to not compare themselves to anyone else. Just compare yourself today with yourself yesterday. Make today better than yesterday. That’s it! With time, you’ll be in a different place.
We were so thrilled to have six runners who completed the 2016 Boston Marathon® to benefit our guests and support our life-changing programs and services, helping raise a combined $55,000.
St. Francis House was granted five bibs through the John Hancock non-profit marathon program. In addition, Jen Nodelman, who sits on the St. Francis House Board of Directors ran again for Team St. Francis House with a bib of her own.
Each runner has a unique story about why they run and what this marathon means to them as they #runbold this year!
Meet Team St. Francis House
Kara is honored to be a part of Team St. Francis House, which gives her the opportunity to contribute to an organization that plays a critical role in the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Boston. Kara first learned about St. Francis House through her parents who have been inspirational and dedicated supporters of St. Francis House. About 10 years ago, her parents worked with St. Francis House to establish the Carolyn L. Connors Women’s Center, a space for women to heal and rebuild their lives utilizing the agency’s excellent counseling services. Kara is excited to continue to support this legacy, to honor her mom, and to raise money for St. Francis House so that they can continue their incredible work!
The Boston Marathon is a bucket list dream for Kevin. Not just running it, but finishing and doing well. But more importantly, being able to represent St. Francis House and bring more awareness to the city of Boston about a great organization and the work being done brings him great satisfaction. Kevin is a sports fanatic, whether it’s participating or watching Boston’s teams. His advice for running? “Control what you can control, bet big on yourself, stay positive, take care of your feet and always try to go with the wind!”
Molly is a brand new Boston resident as of December 2015 and she cannot WAIT to run the Boston Marathon this April as a member of Team St. Francis House! Molly is a fundraising professional, having worked in development for eight years. Molly understands the challenges of raising large sums of money but is confident that the mission of St. Francis House, combined with the iconic Boston race will yield great success in terms of dollars raised for the House. Boston will be Molly’s second marathon, having completed the Carlsbad Marathon in January 2013.
Christine’s connection to St. Francis House is strong. As a former instructor in our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program, she’s seen lots of men and women come to St. Francis House for help. She has witnessed many people knocked down by life’s challenges who were willing to stand up and try again. She learned that similar to running, “Those who are willing to put in hard work will see amazing outcomes and results.” When Christine heard that St. Francis House had a Boston Marathon team, it was fate. “It is wonderful to raise money for an organization so near and dear to my heart and to know exactly how well the money we raise will be put to use.”
As a first time marathoner, David is thrilled to be running for Team St. Francis House. Running a marathon has been a lifelong goal for David, who began running long distance when he served in the Army. He enjoys the mental and physical challenges of running. David encourages others to remember that things are never as bad in hindsight as they seem when you are experiencing them. For six years, David and his father have dedicated themselves to growing their family business through hard work and an honest, straightforward approach to business. This work ethic is the same that he plans apply to his marathon training. David enjoys spending time with his wife and son, golfing, and rooting for the New England Patriots.
Jennifer is so excited to be running the Boston Marathon for St. Francis House again. As a John Hancock employee, she was able to receive a number in the company lottery and selecting St. Francis House as her charity of choice allows her to combine her passion for running with her passion for the mission of St. Francis House. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors at St. Francis House and is thrilled to be able to continue to raise awareness for the needs of our city’s homeless population. Jennifer started running full marathons in 2008. This will be her 2nd Boston and 19th overall full marathon, and definitely her favorite! For any first time marathoner, Jennifer’s advice is to savor every minute – just have fun with your run!