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Saying Goodbye to a Friend

This is the text to Director Carl Zawatski’s eulogy at Nate Gaston’s funeral Mass on Saturday, January 5, 2019. So the other day, another staff member and I were having a heated discussion. Some misunderstanding person might even call it … Continue reading

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Nate’s Passing

On November 18, 2018, we posted a piece about SFS staff member Nate Gaston entitled “A Friend in Need.”  With a heavy heart, we report that Nate passed away yesterday.  He is with God. A memorial Mass is scheduled for … Continue reading

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Christmas 2018

Santa’s elves appeared in the guise of Mike Sarabia and his family, sister-in-law Lori Bentley, Brick and Marty Wall and Sue Allen who came to the shelter Sunday afternoon for a great brunch prepared by chef Dennis.  After the table … Continue reading

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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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