A Closer Look: Our Partnership with MassHire

MassHire is a statewide agency connecting jobseekers across the Commonwealth to quality education, skills training and employment opportunities. Here at St. Francis House, our workforce development department is a MassHire access point. Through this partnership we ensure people experiencing homelessness can benefit from MassHire resources with increased accessibility and the support of our staff.   In prior years, MassHire operated as a one-stop […]

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Welcome to Katherine Martinez, our Newest Board Member

Could you share a bit about your background?  I’ve been working in the affordable housing sector for most of my professional career. I first started out working for the Lena Park Community Development Corporation managing Winn Residential and the Lena Park Portfolio. I went on to transition into doing work more focused on advocacy through my role at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations – a membership organization that serves as the policy and […]

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Meet Luz Reyes, our November Staff Spotlight

How long have you been with St. Francis House? What is your role? I am a Community Outreach Coordinator and have been working at St. Francis House for a year now. My responsibilities include staying informed on resources for guests and acting as a key connector between our guests and the services they need. I […]

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Weekly Yoga Classes Launch in the Women’s Center

The St. Francis House Women’s Center has launched a weekly yoga series hosted in partnership with Hands to Heart Yoga Center – a local nonprofit whose mission is to share the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty & trauma in Greater Boston. The beginner yoga classes take place on Fridays and […]

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Meet Briana Schissler, our October Staff Spotlight

How long have you been with St. Francis House? What is your role? I started at St. Francis House in 2016 as the Clothing Program Supervisor. In August 2018, I left to pursue my Masters in Social Work and returned in June 2020 as a Clinical Supervisor after finishing the program. This September I started […]

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A Closer Look: Rapid Re-Housing

Here at St. Francis House our rapid re-housing team works directly with our guests to assist them in securing stable housing. The program is unique in that we are able to provide upfront move-in costs and sustained financial assistance to guests who are experiencing homelessness. This is possible through our partnership with the City of […]

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Meet Nikki Funches, our September Staff Spotlight

How long have you been with St. Francis House? What do you do here? I’ve been at St. Francis House for a year permanently and a year as temporary staff, so all together it’s been around 2 years now. I’m a program assistant on the 4th floor for workforce development. My job is to provide […]

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Wishing a Happy Retirement to Luis Fernandez-Castro!

We wish our congratulations and best wishes to Luis Fernandez-Castro who is retiring after more than 20 years of serving the guests at St. Francis House. Luis first arrived in Boston from Colombia in 1994. After a few years of acclimating to his new community and life, he joined the St. Francis House staff in […]

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