St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

St. Francis House...Moving Forward


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

New renovated – almost finished - apartment in our family shelter

It has been 4 months since Hurricane Matthew came roaring into St. Augustine. Though we are thankful that we did not take a direct hit from the storm, St. Francis House, along with many of our friends and neighbors are still dealing with the aftermath.

But where are we now? Here's a snapshot.

• Kitchen serving 3 meals a day – lunch meal open to the public

• Food pantry operating 3 days a week

• Advocacy & Referral Center (one stop center) open daily for anyone having needs related to homelessness

• Men's, women's and family shelter open

• One building is nearing completion and is housing families, women and serving as cold/rain night shelter.

Progress is slower than we wish, However, we are moving along and the estimate is that we should have most of the work complete by June.

In the meantime...

• In September, St. Francis House assumed Street Outreach Activities in St. Johns County. Our teams of professional outreach workers are on the streets reaching out to those who may not be aware of the services available to help them through their crisis. Some come to the shelter. But others receive assistance right where they are. In December, our outreach teams helped 26 people transition from homelessness to housing without even coming into the shelter. These guys are good!

• Youth Street Outreach has started. Our team of street outreach workers – dedicated to connecting with unaccompanied/homeless youth, is on the streets. This is the first part of our new Youth initiative.

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and donors who have helped us get through the past few months. We couldn't do it without your support. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how you can help contact Karen at [email protected]

Help us win up to $3000 courtesy of CenterState Bank. Visit their new branch on US 1 and vote for us!

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Low Country Boil – Saturday, May 6, 2017 on the bayfront at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina


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