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 […]

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Director’s Message Fall 2013

Dear Friends, At St. Francis House we never give up on anyone – ever – because we know from years of experience that, until a person draws their last breath, there is always the possibility for growth and change. I think about that each time I get into an elevator here, because often I’ll ride […]

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Guest Profile: The Courage to Succeed

Kevin never dreamed he’d become a role model for men and women who are recovering from addiction, abuse, and trauma. For years, he struggled just to survive in an environment that was defined by poverty and despair. “I saw a lot of hopelessness,” he says about the Boston neighborhood where he was born. “Drinking and […]

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Helping Guests Through Every Storm

The February blizzard.The marathon bombing. Where were you during those emergencies? Most people would answer “at home with my family” or “hunkering down with good friends.” But for those experiencing homeless- ness, there was no “home” in which to take refuge, no place to gather with loved ones for emotional support. Not until they came […]

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2013 Shooze Cruise

The Emerging Leaders of St. Francis House hosted the 10th annual Shooze Cruise on August 14. The cruise was a tremendous success, collecting 250 pairs of shoes and raising more than $18,000. Timothy Nolan, who founded the Shooze Cruise, told the 230 attendees how thrilled he is that the event has grown from a small […]

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Natixis Honored for Charitable Giving

St. Francis House was delighted when the Boston Business Journal recently named Natixis Investment Managers the No. 1 company in Greater Boston for charitable giving. Natixis employees donate an average of $821 a year per person to support local charities, including St. Francis House. “We are very proud of our partnership with Natixis,” said Claire […]

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Extraordinary Vision

On September 22, our Executive Director, Karen LaFrazia, was honored for her outstanding leadership by the nonprofit HomeStart Inc., at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. “Karen is a leader and visionary in her approach to providing shelter and rehabilitative programs for the poor and homeless in greater Boston,” said Linda Wood-Boyle, President and CEO […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2012

People often ask me if the holiday season is depressing at St. Francis House, and my answer is always a resounding “No, it’s my favorite time of year.” I have my aunt to thank for that. Aunt Dot dedicated her life to the Salvation Army. She ran a meals program when I was a child, […]

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Beyond the Basics: Winter 2012

At St. Francis House, we provide all of the tools and services our guests need to rebuild their lives. Our dedicated volunteers help us do that by providing assistance and classes that address both basic and complex needs. Last year, more than 320 volunteers served a total of 23,382 hours, helping us keep our promise […]

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Guest Profile: Ingredients for Change

Mike knew from a very young age that he had the potential to become a great chef. “Everyone in my family knows how to cook,” he says. “My mother was a good cook, my father was a good cook, my grandfather was a good cook. It runs in my family on both sides and came […]

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