St. Francis House Receives Wellness Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Contributes $1 Million to New England Non-Profits to Mark Tufts Health Plan’s 40th Anniversary



Boston – October 2, 2019 – St. Francis House has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The grant is part of $1 million in funding the Tufts Health Plan Foundation is donating to area non-profits that are focused on health equity and the social determinants of health in honor of Tufts Health Plan’s 40th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community.

Of the grant, Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House said the organization is “thankful and excited for what this funding means to our services and programs – but most importantly, the impact it will have on our guests.”

St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, helping individuals meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter while addressing their behavioral health, housing, and employment needs.

“For our guests experiencing homelessness – most who have suffered loss and years of trauma – change happens slow and cautiously. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation will support our wellness services for women. These programs aid in building a bridge between addressing the most present, basic needs of today, to imaging a brighter future for tomorrow.,” LaFrazia said.

The $25,000 grants—10 in each of the states where Tufts Health Plan serves members—support a range of nonprofit organizations doing exemplary work to promote community health and wellness. St. Francis House plans to apply this funding to support the increasing number of women experiencing homelessness in Boston. The high levels of trauma these women experience can become a significant barrier to their receiving care, and St. Francis House is dedicated to providing integrated services that will help them on their individual pathway to stability.

“We recognize that non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of service and play a crucial role in building stronger and healthier communities for all of us,” said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. “These angel grants are a way of saying ‘thank you’ to St. Francis House and other organizations addressing the economic and social conditions that influence the health of our diverse communities and helping them to keep up the great work they do.”

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has given more than $35 million to community organizations since 2008 and will give nearly $5 million in community grants this year.




About St. Francis House

St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. Every day of the year, we enable individuals to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. We transform lives using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing behavioral health, housing, and employment needs, and commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.

About Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $35 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tufts health plan for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

About Tufts Health Plan

Celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2019, Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.16 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction.