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 annual gala. That evening was quite inspirational for me as I saw an opportunity to get involved. Following that evening, a co-worker and I organized small groups each month to volunteer serving lunches at St Francis House. I recall upon arrival we reported to Brother Dan and then headed down to the kitchen to help prepare food, serve the guests and then clean up.
St Francis House is important to me because the organization offers me a variety of opportunities to be involved.
St Francis House is important to the community because of the daily commitment to its guests and scope of services that are provided. Any person in the city of Boston who needs a meal is welcomed. Any person who would like shelter from the cold or heat is welcomed. Any person who is interested and ready to find a path back to self-sufficiency is welcomed. However, it’s not simply the services that make a difference, it’s the staff at St Francis House who are responsible for delivering the services. The staff arrive at work each day with the hope that the work they do will provide a guest with hope for a better future.
I enjoy giving to St Francis House for one very simple reason.
Like many professionals in Boston I have been very fortunate. And like many people I desire to help those who are less fortunate, regardless of the reason for their hardships. St Francis House offers me many opportunities to fulfill this desire. As it does for its guests, 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