St. Francis House opens earlier due to bitter cold


Today has been supremely frigid with severe weather alerts here in Boston.

How is St. Francis House responding to the brutal cold?

We normally open at 6:30AM, but in response to the supremely frigid weather today, we opened an hour and a half earlier at 5:00AM. This ensures we could provide a warm, safe refuge for those in need.

The high wind warning and wind chill advisory continue tomorrow, with projected “real-feel” temperatures dipping down to -9 degrees F. We will open early again at 5:00AM tomorrow morning through to our normal close of the day at 3PM.

Community Collaboration in Downtown Boston

When the Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police, State Police, and Downtown Boston Improvement District come across people in need during those early hours, they encourage these homeless individuals to come to St. Francis House, knowing we are open earlier than usual. This lifesaving teamwork ensures that people in need can avoid higher risk of frostbite, hypothermia, or death.

How can I help?

If you see a homeless person out on the street on your way to the office, please encourage them to come here to 39 Boylston Street. All are welcome during the daytime for warmth, a hot breakfast/lunch, and winter clothing basics.

We are in need of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and shoes. Please consider stopping by and donating a set to drop off here at 39 Boylston Street anytime. Our lobby always is staffed with an attendant 24/7 who will be able to accept and ensure our clothing department receives the items.

The City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development has a resource page with additional cold weather resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. Check it out, and help cross-promote that link so that the community at large is informed on how to help!