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

The workforce development staff at St. Francis House are eager to support individuals experiencing homelessness or vulnerable to homelessness. 

In a supportive, healing, and growth-oriented setting, we offer employment and training services designed to encourage you to identify your career goals and offer income expansion opportunities. We offer job search strategies, career planning, coaching, job placement, job retention, and life skills and wellness activities.

In addition to our many services below, the St. Francis House workforce development office is a MassHire access point.

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.

How does an access point help me?
  • St. Francis House is the entry point to Mass Hire services by helping you create/update your Career Center profile
  • We offer employment counseling services customized to your individual needs
  • We provide information and referrals to other community resources that can help remove barriers to employment

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.

The MAP model is extremely effective. Prior to COVID-19, this past year MAP served 120 students on a rolling basis, achieving a graduation rate of 80%.

To learn more or apply to the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program, visit the 4th floor of St. Francis House and speak with the Workforce Development team.

You can improve your soft skills, develop job search skills, design career plans, and start your job search with this short-term program. We are able to offer you weekly stipend, transportation assistance, clothing, and other supportive services.

Sometimes one-on-one attention is best so we offer individualized, comprehensive employment services with no deadline on how long we work together. We are able to offer you some supportive services, clothing, transportation, and a stipend based on your participation in the Drop-In workshops.   

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 image consultant/counselor 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. We welcome all professional clothing in gently used or new condition. However, we always have a particular need for:

-Women’s professional clothing (particularly sizes 12 and above)
-Men’s professional clothing (Suits and pants (Khaki and Slacks) size 40 and above, XL and above button-up and polo shirts)
-Women’s dress shoes
-Men’s dress shoes

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, at this time we only accept brand new clothing which can be purchased through our Amazon Wishlist.

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 state-of-the-art computers to help with research and job hunting. The center is a beautiful, 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.


Drop-In Workshops

Our drop-in workshops are designed to help explore your interests in pursuing work, build basic skills, and successfully retain the jobs. For an up to date calendar of our current workshops, email us at info@stfrancishouse.org or come in for one of our info sessions every Thursday at 10:30 am.

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