St. Francis House highlights Moving Ahead Program
At State House Breakfast
Representative Aaron Michlewitz supports SFH efforts at event
BOSTON, February 7, 2017 – St. Francis House (SFH) today was joined by Representative Aaron Michlewitz, at their annual Advocacy Day breakfast. The event provides an opportunity for State legislators to learn more about the ways SFH helps over 6,700 men and women each year working to regain their dignity and rebuild their lives, with a special focus on the success of the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP).
Located in downtown Boston, SFH is open 365 days a year, providing refuge as well as supportive services to help guests find stability and provide pathways out of homelessness. SFH provides guests with basic, human needs: a meal, a shower, and a change of clothes in addition to basic rehabilitative/housing services, day shelter, counseling, case management, access to medical and healthcare services, and employment training, such as MAP.
Marking over two decades of operation since 1995, the Sullivan Family MAP includes an alumni network of over 1,500 graduates. More than a job-skills training program, MAP is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program that helps homeless men and women learn to identify and succeed in careers that match their abilities, skills, and work values. The program proves that men and women can overcome long histories of homelessness and incarceration, struggles with mental health issues, and addiction to rediscover their true talents and abilities, successfully obtaining employment and housing, leading fulfilling lives.
“We are proud to support St. Francis House, and the Moving Ahead Program. As the largest day shelter in Massachusetts, they are providing essential support and services to homeless men and women each day,” said Representative Aaron Michlewitz. “The Moving Ahead Program is not only providing job training, it is providing its students with an opportunity to better their lives, and move out of homelessness – changing their lives in the process.”
“To best understand the impact of our Moving Ahead Program, it is important to recognize that our students in spite of multiple barriers to success including homelessness, criminal records, substance abuse disorders and mental health issues are extremely motivated to find gainful employment.” Karen LaFrazia, President & CEO of St. Francis House, noted “this program provides important and meaningful workforce training for homeless men and women looking to put themselves on the road to stability. MAP is one of those vital programs that helps make a permanent pathway out of homelessness a reality.”
About St. Francis House
St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, serving 500 poor and homeless men and women each day, 365 days a year. Their basic, rehabilitative and housing services overlap and build on one another to provide guests with continuous and comprehensive care.