What do you do when you can’t just “get a job”? 

A crucial part of our mission here at St. Francis House is helping our guests find work. But for many of our guests, working – whether full or part-time – is just not possible. They may have chronic health conditions or disabilities that make working too difficult. They may be at a point in their […]

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The Women’s Center: A Critical One-stop Shop for the Ladies of SFH

March is Women’s History Month! In addition, for more than 100 years, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th. To celebrate this day, we thought we’d talk about the work we do week in, week out with the women who come through our doors.  Named for long-time St. Francis House supporter Carolyn Connors, […]

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Overnight shelter at a local hotel? Challenge Accepted!

Last fall, the City of Boston asked St. Francis House if we could run an overnight shelter for them. With winter just around the corner, there was heightened concern about an influx of people who’d been sleeping outside when the weather was tolerable, but who would now be looking for a place to stay the […]

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Joe Moves Ahead Thanks to the Moving Ahead Program

“For precocity, some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life”—Margaret Fuller My name is Joe Simpson. I grew up in a small town called Roper, North Carolina. There was a paper mill there called Weyerhaeuser, where they produced paper products and lumber for building materials. The majority of my family worked at […]

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Congratulations MAP Class 186!

Congratulations to the 186th class of the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program, who graduated with all smiles on February 19, 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic altering how we offer our services, the highly successful 14-week life-and-job-skills training course has continued to prep students experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder to overcome barriers, re-enter the workforce […]

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Whatever the temperature, whatever the weather, St. Francis House is here.

So far this winter, we’ve been fortunate. Even without snowfall, winter in New England is anything but a wonderland to those experiencing homelessness.  For those sleeping in overnight shelters, morning means getting back out on the streets. For those sleeping rough on a park bench or over a heating grate, morning likely means that someone […]

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National Homeless Memorial Day 2020

The Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year. The day of the year with the fewest hours of day light and the longest night of the year. It is also the day we mark National Homeless Memorial Day in recognition of all who passed away while homeless.  Today, I will join friends and colleagues on […]

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October 21 Marks First Anniversary for Recovery Support Center!

A message from Recovery Support Center Program Director Efrain Lozada:  I want to take a moment and send my deep appreciation for all of the staff at St. Francis House, and to our community for the support you’ve given the Recovery Support Center since we have opened.  October 21st will mark the 1-year anniversary of […]

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The Resource Center provides dignity with one bar of soap at a time.

For most of us, personal hygiene is simply a matter of walking into your bathroom and engaging in “washing up.” We don’t really stop to think about getting clean. It’s just part of our daily routine. Yet, people experiencing homelessness face a multitude of difficulties in addition to lack of shelter, and maintaining personal health […]

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