Answering The Call: Reverend Raymond Mann OFM

Not long ago, Pope Francis said he wants “shepherds who smell like the sheep” – that is, people who will serve where they are needed. In the early 1980s, I was honored to be one of the “sheep” who helped meet the needs of Boston’s growing homeless population. I remember our breadline at St. Anthony […]

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Lighting The Way: Director’s Message Fall 2014

For weeks now, I’ve been looking out my office window at a construction site a couple of streets over. Every day a crane lifts metal beams that will become part of a high rise containing luxury condominiums – the fourth high rise in this neighborhood in the past two years. What a change from 30 […]

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A Word Of Thanks: Shooze Cruise 2014

The 2014 Shooze Cruise, our most successful yet, raised $20,000. We sold 326 tickets and collected 272 pairs of casual and business shoes, which have all been distributed to our guests. We want to thank our sponsors, raffle donors and Host Committee members for making the event such a success. The cruise is possible because […]

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State Rep Helps MAP Receive Funding

St. Francis House is deeply grateful to state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz for his leadership and hard work on behalf of St. Francis House. Rep. Michlewitz, whose district includes Chinatown, the Financial District, and the South End, spearheaded the effort to secure $50,000 in state funding for the Moving Ahead Program. The money will make it […]

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Director Honored for Life-Changing Vision

Fred Smith, our Director of Program Development, recently received the Innovations in Public Safety Partnership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Correction at their 2013 Beyond Excellence Awards banquet. This well-deserved honor was given in recognition of Fred’s long-standing commitment to helping men and women lead successful, productive lives after incarceration. During his 10 years […]

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Recent Events Inspire Supporters: All The Way Home 2013

On October 23, we reaffirmed our commitment to our guests at All the Way Home, our annual leadership dinner. The event was held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and brought together 385 of Boston’s business leaders, philanthropists, and distinguished citizens to commemorate the thousands of lives that have been saved and changed by St. Francis […]

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27 Years of Service and Compassion

When Robert Branconnier and his wife, Agatha, were hired by our founder, Father Louis Canino, in 1986, they expected to work at St. Francis House for a year and then move on to another challenge. “We thought homelessness in Boston would be solved in a matter of months,” says Robert, who recently retired after 27 […]

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Guest Profile: Finding the Light

Rose never dreamed she would stand in front of 385 people at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, sharing her personal story. “I was broken, wounded, hurting,” she told the audience. “Coming to St. Francis House was my salvation.” Rose had grown up in Worcester, in a strict Italian family that emphasized hard work and did not […]

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Home for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, many of our guests will have the chance to do something they haven’t done in months or years – celebrate the joy of having a home. “I can’t believe it,” guests say, as they think about waking up in their own room or apartment. “Neysa made this happen.” Neysa Johnson, our […]

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Director’s Message: Winter 2013

The Christmas tree at our house is always decorated with small white lights that shine in the darkness and create a warm glow on cold winter nights. Often I’ll sit and stare at the lights, which form an indoor constellation. On Christmas morning, my husband and I, our children, and my mother will gather around […]

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