Peri: “Of course food is essential…However, even more importantly, we offer our guests respect.  Everyone is treated like human beings.”

Peri Eaton in SFH Kitchen

Peri shares how he became involved with St. Francis House and why he is a supporter I lived in France for nearly 30 years, where I worked in mental health/addiction counseling.  When I first moved back to Boston about four years ago, people started telling me about St. Francis House because they knew I was […]

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Karen: “I didn’t want to be just a one-time volunteer…I wanted to make a difference and a commitment to help turn someone’s life around.”

Karen Connor in Fresh Threads

Karen Connor shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to her. In searching for a meaningful volunteer opportunity, I found St. Francis House on the internet. I was impressed by the range of volunteer programs they offered and flexibility of schedules. I signed up immediately. I didn’t want to be a one-time volunteer.  Rather, […]

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Glenn: “One reason I support St. Francis House is that the work its staff does pays off.”

Glenn Seberg, St. Francis House supporter

Glenn, a supporter, shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to him. What’s most important to me is the spirit of the place, welcoming and accessible, where no one is rejected and many kinds of help are available. The sincere welcoming greetings I’ve observed right outside the front doors of St. Francis House […]

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Fr. Weiss: “I discovered connections to St. Francis House among many of my students and friends who volunteer or serve there.”

James Weiss, St. Francis House supporter

Fr. James Weiss, Episcopal priest and professor of social justice and vocational discovery at Boston College, shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to him. I wanted to support an agency with a wide range of services for the homeless and unemployed. As I began to make donations, I discovered connections to St. […]

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Jeff: “St. Francis House allows me to have hope that in some small way I may be part of providing opportunity to those in need.”

Jeff Sanford St. Francis House supporter

Jeff Sanford, a supporter, eagerly shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to him.  My introduction to St Francis House was about 17 years ago. I was fortunate to have worked with Tim Egan (Chair of the Board of Directors) for many years.  One year Tim invited me and a few coworkers to the […]

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Likai: “We must take care of the common people, the poor and needy.”

Likai at his office campus in Cambridge, MA

Likai, a supporter, eagerly shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to him.  About 8 years ago, I was helping with some office chores at my church while a staff member referred a homeless person to St. Francis House as their soup kitchen program had been discontinued some years ago due to understaffing. […]

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Recognizing Our Volunteers: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Month & National Volunteer Week Although April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, we appreciate our volunteers year round, as they are a crucial bastion of support, ensuring St. Francis House can offer such a breadth and depth of programs and services for guests. Collectively, St. Francis House relies on over 1,670 volunteers each year […]

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North End Friends annual bake sale and flea market to benefit St. Francis House

North End Friends Bake Sale

North End Friends of St. Francis House recently completed the 14th annual rummage and bake sale at the Nazzaro Center. The event was held held on May 4 and 5. This year the sale raised $15,000 for St. Francis House. The group’s support over the years has cumulatively raised over $215,000 for our programs.  The […]

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Paula: “St. Francis House takes human beings who are struggling and makes them whole again”

paula-okeeffe-sfhboston-supporter

Paula O’Keeffe, a supporter, eagerly shares some thoughts about what St. Francis House means to her.  I first heard about St. Francis House and met President and CEO Karen LaFrazia through our shared involvement in the Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA). I had been previously interested in homelessness because of my experience volunteering three […]

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