St. Francis House highlights Moving Ahead Program at State House Breakfast

Senator boncore at advocacy breakfast

Senator Boncore speaking at the podium during St. Francis House Advocacy Breakfast 2018

We hosted our annual Advocacy Day breakfast

We highlighted our workforce development programs with support from legislators including Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Aaron Michlewitz.

The breakfast provides an opportunity for State legislators to learn more about the ways St. Francis House helps over 6,700 men and women each year working to regain their dignity and rebuild their lives.

We had a special focus on the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP)

Marking over two decades of operation since 1995, the Sullivan Family MAP includes an alumni network of over 1,500 graduates. More than a workforce development program, MAP is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program that helps homeless men and women learn to identify and succeed in careers that match their abilities, skills, and work values.

MAP proves that men and women can overcome long histories of homelessness and incarceration, struggles with mental health issues, and addiction, to rediscover their true talents and abilities. Our graduates successfully obtain employment and housing, leading fulfilling lives.

“Identifying housing is only one piece of the puzzle for men and women living in homelessness and poverty,” said Senator Joseph Boncore. “The Moving Ahead Program is not only providing job training, it is providing students an opportunity to gain employment and move out of homelessness – it’s changing their lives.”

“We are proud to support St. Francis House and the incredible work they are doing,” said Representative Aaron Michlewitz. “As the largest day shelter in Massachusetts, they provide essential support and services to homeless men and women each day. The Moving Ahead Program is just one of the many services that is helping guests find a way out of homelessness.”

Check out photos from the event!

What’s next?

Stay tuned for the start of the State budget process! We will need your help advocating for funding support for our workforce development programs like MAP.