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. Francis House among many of my students and friends who volunteer or serve there. The network feels like an extended family of care.
It’s hard to name one thing most important to me about the work St. Francis House does, because I keep learning of services I hadn’t known — one of my students was transformed by serving 10 hours a week in the foot care clinic. If I must name one feature, I would say the MAP program because it shows people so much more of who they are and what they can do and how they can have a future they never expected.
Your programs offer hope, health, a future, and in some cases even a home to people who could not have found a way out of their situations.
My visits always show me something new, with ongoing dynamic planning for expansion of housing services. In short, I give to St. Francis House because it’s a way to carry on the work of Jesus. Also, I’m a lover of St. Anthony, who was a follower of St. Francis.
– Fr. James Weiss, St. Francis House supporter