This past month, we received not one, but two generous gifts from Yawkey Foundation, doubling their commitment to the St. Francis House mission and ensuring we can continue to meet the critical needs of our guests – including clothing, toiletries, access to medical care, and nutritious meals.
Homeless individuals have disproportionately taken the brunt of this public health crisis as statewide closures have limited the places they can go, but St. Francis House has remained open seven days a week from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM, serving 300-400 guests each day. A friendly face at the door always offers a smile and a clean face mask to the folks coming inside. At 7:30, we begin to serve hot meals — no questions asked. Anyone who is hungry is welcome. For some guests, this may be their only meal of the day.
Our meals are served with love and respect – and always free. It’s free because of the overwhelming and humbling support we continue to receive from the community that enables us to not only do this work but do it with a smile. We are so grateful for the support of the Yawkey Foundation.
“COVID-19 has created a need that is not abating, and the most vulnerable still seek our services in order to survive every day. Our guests depend on us — and we are so grateful that we can depend on our partners. Thank you for your generosity and compassion, Yawkey Foundation, and thank you for thinking of our guests”, St. Francis House President and CEO Karen LaFrazia expresses.