Mayor Walsh visits St. Francis House on Thanksgiving

Mayor Walsh outside St. Francis House on THanksgiving 2016

BOSTON, November 24, 2016 –St. Francis House hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon meal with support from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. More than 350 of Boston’s poor and homeless guests enjoyed their meals “restaurant style” with the assistance of more than 45 volunteers.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Visit

He visited St. Francis House along with his girlfriend, Lorrie Higgins, and Commissioner Evans of the Boston Police Department. At St. Francis House, Mayor Walsh met with guests for a coffee chat and assisted in carving turkeys. The Mayor’s annual visit has long been a special highlight for St Francis House guests.

“St. Francis House is a remarkable organization in the City of Boston that has an unwavering commitment to helping those in need,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “It is encouraging to see the countless acts of kindness and efforts to spread goodwill from people in our city as we begin the holiday season. I thank the staff members and volunteers at St. Francis House for going above and beyond to lift one another up in times and ensure that every person has a happy Thanksgiving.”

Mayor Walsh chatting over coffee with guests

Mayor Walsh chatted over coffee with guests at St. Francis House

St. Francis House Executive Director Karen LaFrazia led the blessing prior to commencing the Thanksgiving feast.

“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday where we should be grateful for all of our bounty – and share that with others,” said volunteer Jennifer Nodelman of Attleboro, who also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Francis House.  “St. Francis House is an amazing organization with incredible leadership and staff who truly make a difference in the lives of people in dire need.  It is an honor to work side by side with everyone at St. Francis House to exemplify the true meaning of Thanksgiving.”

Our Thanksgiving Feast

To feed Thanksgiving dinner to so many of our city’s citizens, it takes:

  • 48 turkeys (750 lbs.)
  • 150 lbs of mashed potatoes
  • 160 lbs of vegetables
  • 130 lbs of stuffing
  • 750 rolls
  • 60 gallons of apple cider
  • 60 pies

About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, serving an average of 500 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. St Francis House provides basic, rehabilitative and housing services that overlap and build on one another to provide guests with continuous and comprehensive care.