Pride Month at St. Francis House

Around the country, and around St. Francis House, June is Pride month – a time to celebrate all members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Why June? The 1950’s and early 1960’s saw the emergence of what was to become the gay rights movement. Back then, if you were gay or transgender, you were likely living a […]

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For one MAP Grad, Father’s Day Means Everything

We do a lot of celebrating at St. Francis House. We celebrate the graduates of our Moving Ahead Program. We celebrate when our guests achieve sobriety. We celebrate when guests find housing, when they find a good job, when they reconnect with family and friends they’ve been estranged from. For us, there are few things […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth

In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, and with growing awareness of events in American History like the Tulsa Race Massacre, St. Francis House has decided to add Juneteenth to its list of paid holidays. We aren’t alone. Across Boston and across the country, a growing number […]

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Within our walls, out in the streets: another approach to those in need

The concept of harm reduction has been around for a long while. The philosophy behind the concept is simple. Rather than use a judgmental and punitive approach to harmful behaviors, those who follow this philosophy take a practical approach that keeps people from hurting themselves (and others) – and, hopefully, results in healthier behavior over […]

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What do you do when you can’t just “get a job”? 

A crucial part of our mission here at St. Francis House is helping our guests find work. But for many of our guests, working – whether full or part-time – is just not possible. They may have chronic health conditions or disabilities that make working too difficult. They may be at a point in their […]

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The Women’s Center: A Critical One-stop Shop for the Ladies of SFH

March is Women’s History Month! In addition, for more than 100 years, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th. To celebrate this day, we thought we’d talk about the work we do week in, week out with the women who come through our doors.  Named for long-time St. Francis House supporter Carolyn Connors, […]

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Overnight shelter at a local hotel? Challenge Accepted!

Last fall, the City of Boston asked St. Francis House if we could run an overnight shelter for them. With winter just around the corner, there was heightened concern about an influx of people who’d been sleeping outside when the weather was tolerable, but who would now be looking for a place to stay the […]

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