March Winter Storm Skylar: St. Francis House to open early


The City of Boston is expecting a snowstorm tomorrow, Tuesday March 13, 2018. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has declared a snow emergency in effect starting at 7PM tonight.

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

Tomorrow morning, Tuesday March 13, we will be opening 30 minutes earlier at 6AM, as an essential service for the community and ensuring 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.

As a day shelter in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House welcomes 500 guests each day of the year. Tomorrow we will be serving a freshly prepared, hot breakfast from 7am-9am as usual, along with lunch from 11:30am-1pm.

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 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?

Donate coats, pants, hats, scarves, gloves, and boots.

We are in tremendous need, especially in larger sizes (XL-XXXL), for men and women! Consider stopping by and donating a set here at 39 Boylston Street anytime. Our lobby always is staffed 24/7, able to accept and ensure our clothing department receives the items.

Share the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development resource page

This webpage has 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!