Nonprofit Spotlight: St. Francis House


St. Francis House

Giving is something we do with our hearts. While all of us like a tax donation, the real reason we give is to change the world – even just a little bit – even for just one person or family. That’s enough. To know that we made a difference in even one person’s life is motivation enough for us to give.

Over our more than 30 years of serving the homeless and less-fortunate in our county, St. Francis House has seen what your gifts have accomplished, but never more than in the past three years. Your support has enabled us to transform St. Francis from a shelter to a comprehensive housing crisis center.

So what’s the difference, you say? A shelter provides services – shelter, food and clothing. Important, but not enough to help someone overcome homelessness. A housing crisis center provides solutions: opportunities to change lives. That is what your gifts support – solutions and opportunities. Over the past three years, St. Francis has restructured our programs to focus on providing individual personalized support for the men women and families we see and serve each and every day. The results are more jobs, more people housed, more people achieving self-sufficiency. Your gifts have made this happen. Giving changes lives.

But thanks to you, we’re not stopping there. This month, St. Francis assumed the street outreach activities in St. Johns County. Two teams of street outreach workers have hit the streets to find and engage the homeless in our county and connect them with the medical care, the services and the solutions that can help them. Giving can change outcomes.

The most exciting program you are helping support, however, is the launch of a multi-service unaccompanied/at-risk homeless youth initiative. This program will begin this fall with a designated youth street outreach team dedicated to connecting with and assisting these young people who are at such risk. On Thursday, Nov. 3, St. Francis will unveil the rest of the plans for the youth initiative. This program promises to be one of the most exciting and inspiring initiatives to hit our county in many years. You are invited to join us for this exciting event and announcement by attending “Magic at the Fountain” at the Fountain of Youth from 6:30 to 9:30 on Nov. 3. Funds raised from the event will help support these programs and so much more.

Your gifts are making this happen and will continue to change the lives of men, women, families and now youth in St. Johns County. So be sure to be there for the magic on Thursday, Nov. 3. To make your reservations visit or call (904) 829-8937.

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