We wish our congratulations and best wishes to Luis Fernandez-Castro who is retiring after more than 20 years of serving the guests at St. Francis House. Luis first arrived in Boston from Colombia in 1994. After a few years of acclimating to his new community and life, he joined the St. Francis House staff in 2000 as a mental health counselor. He went on to lead our Latino Recovery Support Group, acting as a key case manager to the Latino population. For over 20 years, the group has been running each Wednesday from 9:30 am – 11:00 am and has helped numerous individuals over the years. These meetings currently place in the Recovery Support Center and cover various topics such as substance abuse intervention and sobriety supports, relationship building, behavioral change, legal and immigration support, language proficiency, and job preparedness. The group has been an enormous success among the Latino community at St. Francis House. Those who attend the group are often struggling with multiple issues at once, such as a language barriers, immigration procedures, substance abuse, and homelessness. Throughout his career, Luis has dedicated himself to helping connect these individuals with the unique resources they need in order to lift themselves up and rebuild their lives. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well!
Photo taken by Henry Bullain.