Everyone’s path to employment is unique.
So are our employment services.

People experiencing homelessness consistently rank employment as a primary need. Often, homelessness is attributed to unemployment and insufficient income. Pathways to employment and economic opportunity is critical for people who need—and want—to end their homelessness.

In a supportive, healing, and growth-oriented setting, we offer tailored income growth planning by exploring Career Pathways, setting up reasonable, achievable and individualized goals, providing guidance and case management support. Our workforce development programs are integrated with our housing and behavioral health programming so that we address the comprehensive needs of our guests, all under one roof.

We offer:

Comprehensive employment services for as long as needed, help with identifying career pathways goals and assistance with job placement. Our customized offerings include assistance with the essential aspects of the job search, interview preparation, resume development, onboarding assistance, referrals to industry training certification programs, job fairs, assistance with CORI record reviews and job retention support.

We also offer assistance with applications for SSI/SSDI benefits, DTA cash benefits, SNAP benefits and unemployment benefits.

Our Wellness and Life Skills Coach teaches, exposes and helps participants practice wellness techniques and activities such as mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercises, sleep hygiene and more.  Personalized Wellness plans helps navigate points of stress in transition, including those experienced in the job search and placement process.

Mass Hire Access Point Boston

St. Francis House is a physical center and resource for homeless job-seekers, providing specialized support, information on job openings, and job search assistance for clients, currently experiencing homelessness, to better overcome severe barriers to employment.

Selected as a one-stop access point by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD), St. Francis House has been a designated MassHire access point since 2017.

Working collaboratively in partnership with other homeless workforce providers, we provide job coaching and connect job seekers to the Mass Hire Access Point network and program resources.

  • St. Francis House is the entry point to Mass Hire services by helping create/update a Career Center profile
  • We offer employment counseling services customized to individual needs
  • We provide information and referrals to other community resources that can help remove barriers to employment
  • We offer referrals to industry training certification programs.

The Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP) is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program for individuals who have experienced homelessness. MAP helps students learn to identify, pursue, and succeed in careers that match their abilities, skills, and work values. The program emphasizes the importance of job readiness and satisfaction, which can increase students’ ability to secure and maintain employment and housing, thus improving their lives and the community-at-large. Since MAP began in 1995, we have graduated over 1,500 students.

MAP Curriculum overview:

Assessing Skills, Interests & Career Goals:  Participants engage in a range of self-administered and guided assessments throughout the curriculum to help them understand their strengths and personal interests and values as it relates to work and the workplace environment.

Computer Skill Development & Applied Practice:  Participants learn the key functions of word processing, cloud-based storage systems, typing speed/accuracy, e-mail, and navigating online resources for employment and wellness.

Life skills and Wellness Coaching:  Our Life and Wellness Coach takes a holistic approach to address nutrition, physical fitness, meditation, and stress management.

Job Search Skills and Practice:  Participants gain familiarity with resources to assist in job search and develop successful job search techniques through instruction and practice.  These include a range of job search planning organizational techniques, resumes, cover letter, references, online job applications, informational interviewing and job interviews.

Financial Literacy:  Participants are familiarized with financial literacy principles and tools to prepare them for managing their income to meet their needs, priorities and goals.

As part of MAP we offer the following supportive services:

  • Weekly stipends for participation in classroom based instructions or completion of 20 hours of structured job search/skills development activities/workshops
  • Placement in transitional/sober housing paid for by SFH
  • Weekly transportation assistance
  • Financial assistance to pay for ID’s, licensing or application fees, union dues, etc.
  • Clothing
  • Meals

We are Boston Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Hub

Our Workforce Development Program is an essential part of the overall system designed to assess and assist individuals experiencing homelessness in Boston with connecting to housing.    Our Employment Coaches complete Pathways Assessments needed to secure housing.  While conducting these assessments they provide guidance on employment services and help with identifying career pathways goals, assistance with job placement or access to eligible financial benefits. This is an important part of any housing stabilization plan.

Studio Shine

Studio Shine is an on-site boutique that provides participants and guests with professional business attire. The Studio was the brainchild of a MAP graduate who understood the need for high-quality, fashion-forward professional attire that completes a student’s “look” and mirrors the internal transformation that happens during the 14-week program.

Our staff provides participants and guests with a private consultation in which they learn how to present themselves in a professional setting and how to dress for work. Studio Shine supplies each person with all of the wardrobe pieces necessary for job attainment and success.

Studio Shine is grateful for individual donations and corporate support from various organizations.

Please email wfdinfo@stfrancishouse.org  for more information.

Workforce Development Resource Center

The Workforce Development Department maintains a Resource Center on the fourth floor of St. Francis House. There, graduates of our programs and current participants have access to staff and computers to help with research and job hunting. The center is a welcoming place to relax and stay connected.

In addition to independent work, participants can attend workshops on a variety of employment-related topics, learn about our programming at our weekly Information Sessions, review job postings sourced by our Employment Services Team, and more.

We are a ‘barrier free’ program, there are no referral protocols. 

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am – 3 pm, and Wednesday from 8 am – 2 pm. (Please note, we are closed for lunch from 11:30 am – 12pm)

Call our Front Desk: Call (617)-654-1257

Send an Email: wfdinfo@stfrancishouse.org