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St. Francis House

Nature and Purpose

Saint 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.  St. Francis House believes that homelessness is an experience, not an identity.  In that spirit, we provide a safe, caring, respectful, and dignified refuge for our homeless brothers and sisters.  Our basic rehabilitative services overlap and build on one another to provide our guests with continuous and comprehensive care.


PULSE students have the opportunity to interact with guests in a variety of ways.  

  • Kitchen:  assist with meal preparation, serving and clean-up.  Shifts are available between 7 am and 1:30 pm every day of the week and weekend. 
  • Clothing Room:  distribute clothing to our guests.  Shifts available Monday-Friday from 9 am - 11 am.
  • Moving Ahead Program: assist teachers in our job and life-skills program.  3-4 hour shifts available Monday-Wednesday 9 am- 3 pm and Thursday-Friday 9 am - 12 pm.
  • Women's Center
  • Day Center:  Assist guests at the counseling desk.  Provide one-on-one help with basic questions.
  • Housing Resource Center:  Assist the housing resource counselor and meet with guests.