New Roles, New Ideas

St. Francis House is pleased to announce two exciting staff changes that are helping us to better meet the needs of our guests and to continue developing innovative solutions to the complex issues of poverty and homelessness.

Maggie Burns was named Director of Development at the end of 2012. Since then, she has led the department in a successful annual campaign – increasing annual revenue by 15% and raising $3.523 million in FY13. She also has overseen the launch of a vibrant Emerging Leaders program and a social media plan, which was implemented in early July.

Prior to joining the St. Francis House staff, Burns was Senior Director of Development at the United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she managed the Private Equity Venture Capital Industry and launched the nationally acclaimed Women’s and Emerging Leaders programs. She has more than 10 years of development experience and a deep desire to help those who struggle with homeless- ness, mental illness, and poverty. “St. Francis House does a wonderful job of helping people reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives after trauma. I am thrilled to be part of this important work, and I am struck every day by the generosity and compassion of our staff, volunteers, and donors,” she says.

Claire Stern has been named the agency’s first Director of Strategic Partnerships, after serving as Director of Development for nine years. During that time, Stern spear- headed a successful $16 million capital campaign that enabled St. Francis House to double the capacity of our award-winning Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program, build 14 new units of permanent housing, and strengthen our basic and wraparound services.

In her new role, Stern will build relationships with the corporate and business community to improve employment opportunities for our guests and to increase resources and reduce expenses through in-kind contributions for St. Francis House.

This summer, Stern introduced the High Five Program, which gives local businesses the opportunity to help our guests directly by sending employees to volunteer for a week in our kitchen and clothing department, both of which rely heavily on volunteer help. The Fairmont Copley Plaza was our first High Five partner. Stern is also working with Stoneham Bank to organize a clothing drive that will help St. Francis House reduce expenses. She has reached out to a number of other businesses about ways that they can partner with St. Francis House. “The innovative Strategic Partnerships Program is a natural outgrowth of the work we’ve been doing for the past several years with Natixis Investment Managers, a leader in the corporate social responsibility movement,” says Stern. “It’s a win-win to be able to help our guests and provide meaningful opportunities for businesses to make a difference in the communities they serve.”