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A New Way to Volunteer at the St. Francis Shelter

Opening day of the St. Francis warming shelter is upon us, and we extend a hearty thank you for all the donations and to the volunteers who have stepped up to help. We will need more of each as we … Continue reading

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St. Francis Volunteer Opportunities

We are putting everything in place as we prepare to open the St. Francis warming shelter in one week. While funding is still required, we know that not everyone is in the position to make a monetary donation.  We frequently receive … Continue reading

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Hopeful Communities by Father Tom Picton

Guest speaker Father Tom Picton, CSSR presented this powerful talk at the St. Francis Shelter annual fundraising dinner on November 29, 2018.  Father Tom is the Director of the Desert House of Prayer in Picture Rocks, Arizona. A download button … Continue reading

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An Evening of Wise Words and Celebration

Last Thursday evening, the St. Francis Shelter hosted its annual fundraising dinner as it prepares to open the winter warming shelter on December 15, 2018. Nearly 100 people enjoyed the celebration that included an authentic Polish dinner prepared by Director … Continue reading

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A Friend in Need

It’s 5:30 am and my middle daughter Marissa is flying in from Philly.  We are taking a road trip for the holidays. While I wait for her arrival, I’m compelled to write this and get these thoughts off my chest … Continue reading

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Winter Shelter Celebration

You are cordially invited to celebrate the opening of the winter warming shelter.  The opening event will occur Thursday evening, November 29, 6 PM at the Sacred Heart Church located at 601 E Ft. Lowell Road.  Dinner will be served … Continue reading

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Volunteers and Non-Cash Donations

Not everyone has the wherewithal to make financial donations to our shelter despite their strong desire to do it.  If cash is short but the heart is willing, there are other ways to help our homeless brothers and sisters…

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Cancer-free and Back in the Saddle

As some of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer in November 2017.  My 10-month battle has affected my work at the shelter.  Normally, when a donation comes in, I promptly send a thank you card.  Because I have been … Continue reading

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Bums at Breakfast

Guest post by E.S. Kraay Author of The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas Growing up in the Berkshire Hills in the 1950’s, I had direct experience with hobos and bums.  Only a 200-yard field overgrown with weeds separated our … Continue reading

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Mandatory Reading

Carl always reminds us to spare our judgments upon those whose choices have led them to homelessness.  As I read pastor Mark Schloneger’s gut-wrenching article “Let Me Stand” in the Summer issue of Plough Magazine, I was reminded once more … Continue reading

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