Somerville Resident Volunteers at St. Francis House for Thanksgiving Dinner

Somerville resident volunteers at St. Francis House

BOSTON, November 24, 2016 –St. Francis House hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon meal with support from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Somerville resident MaryCatherine Conceison. More than 350 of Boston’s poor and homeless guests enjoyed their meals “restaurant style” with the assistance of more than 45 volunteers.

Why I chose to volunteer on Thanksgiving

“Many people associate holidays with family, good friends, and food. However, for many people, the holidays are filled with loneliness, hunger, and a reminder of what is missing,” said MaryCatherine Conceison, a Somerville resident. “I’m choosing to spend my Thanksgiving volunteering because I want to bring some happiness to a day that might be a difficult one”

How I joined the St. Francis House community

“My parents started going to mass at The [St. Anthony’s] Shrine, and I enjoy going once in a while too. I learned about St. Francis House there, and I volunteer because I like how it feels to make other people’s lives a bit easier and happier. We’re all in this together as one human family and it’s our responsibility to help our brothers and sisters.”