Planned Giving: Establishing a Philanthropic Legacy

For donor and former volunteer Zanab Zahar, including St. Francis House in her estate planning was a simple decision and an expression of her deep concern for homeless populations. “St. Francis House does wonderful work and it’s important to give to a local organization,” says the Malden resident. Bequests like Zahar’s are an easy type […]

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Tuesdays with Corey: Guest Profile

“I never trusted anyone enough to tell them my story like I have told Corey.” – Armando Lopez Armando Lopez remembers the scene like it was yesterday. He had gone to see his social worker, Corey Bisceglia-Kane, at St. Francis House. He was upset, ready to abandon his recovery program and desperate for a drink. […]

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St. Francis House’s Makeover

St. Francis House has a new facade. The facelift, which was unveiled in July, includes new light fixtures, colored panels, and signage announcing St. Francis House and its tagline, “Rebuilding Lives,” which is visible when approaching the building from both directions. Those upgrades and a good power washing show off the stunning architectural features of […]

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Director’s Message Fall 2015

Dear Friends, Last week my mother celebrated her 90th birthday! Amidst the festivities and the visiting family there were many conversations around our kitchen table. My mother reminisced about the good times and the tough times. I never grow tired of listening to the stories of how she, one of ten children, grew up during […]

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Food, Clothing, and So Much More

Who clothes 700 men and women and serves 23,000 hot meals each month? The staff and volunteers of St. Francis House’s basic services department. Basic services, which includes the Fresh Threads clothing program and food services, not only helps satisfy two fundamental human needs, but also serves as a bridge for clients to more deeply […]

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How a Bologna Sandwich Became a Labor of Love

They have arrived in the foyer like clockwork for as long as anyone can remember: every day at 2:45 p.m. (1:45 on Wednesdays when we close early), several hundred bologna and cheese sandwiches are delivered from the kitchen in a giant Tupperware tub. They’re packed individually in brown paper lunch bags, with a packet of […]

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All The Way Home 2014

On October 29, more than 450 of Boston’s most ifluential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates convened for a very special All the Way Home gala to commemorate the milestone 30th anniversary of St. Francis House, recognize the citywide contributions of 2014 Honoree Joseph “Jay” Hooley, President, Chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation and to […]

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All In The Family

Brian Egan, 29, recalls the first time he visited St. Francis House. A middle school teacher had assigned students an essay about an issue they felt passionate about. As the son of board member Tim Egan (now the board chair), homelessness was Brian’s natural choice. “One of the guests I interviewed had been an engineer […]

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After 21 Years of Saying Hello, Mario Says Goodbye

He was the first person to greet guests at the door, the caretaker of St. Francis House’s most vulnerable, the bearer of home-grown vegetables and the feeder of the tropical sh in the lobby. Security staff member, Mariano de Jesus, the organization’s longest serving employee, has retired. Known by his nickname Mario, the former national […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2014

Dear Friends, I close my eyes and I remember the house as if it were yesterday—Marian McCarthy’s. She was my mother’s best friend from childhood and they had remained as close as sisters through their teenaged years and 20s, marriage and kids, thick and thin. My mother used to regularly bring my brother, sister and […]

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