St. Francis House

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Medicine
  • Homeless & Housing
  • People with Disabilities


39 Boylston St.Boston, MA 02116 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Grounded in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we the staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors of St. Francis House work as a community to provide for the poor and homeless of Boston:

A safe, caring, respectful and dignified refuge in downtown Boston which offers the basic services of food, shelter, clothing, medical care, mental health and substance abuse counseling to all who enter our doors;

Educational and rehabilitative services such as counseling for obtaining employment and housing in order to discover and develop their strengths, talents, interests and goals to reintegrate their lives in the community.

When services are unavailable, St. Francis House will work with the larger community to develop needed resources to serve the poor and homeless in Boston, and participate in the shaping of solutions to the injustices we see.


St. Francis House is a nonprofit, nonsectarian day shelter. The largest such organization in New England, we serve more than 800 men and women every day of the year. We provide basic services including food , clothing , daytime shelter , and medical care combined with mental health and substance abuse counseling and rehabilitative services , as well as job skills training and transitional housing to help guests establish lives independent of shelters and institutions.

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