Our Collaborative Service Commission met this week and spent some time looking at the many organizations with whom we have a relationship and who we traditionally help in the coming season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are looking at creative ways in which we are still able to support those who need our help during the pandemic. Today we are asking for your help for St. Francis House, the largest day shelter in Massachusetts, located in downtown Boston. They serve over 500 men and women a day, 365 days a year.  The services include meals, clothing, counseling, and healthcare for the homeless. For many years, we have supported St. Francis House through a Men’s Clothing Drive, held annually in June, and each year the drive is a huge success because of your generosity and grace. Unfortunately, for the safety of their staff and guests, St. Francis House has temporarily suspended all clothing donations, so our drive had to be postponed this year.

We now have a new way to help!  In lieu of our annual Men’s Clothing Drive, we can now support St. Francis House through their Amazon Wishlist, which allows supporters to purchase the items most needed by their clients and have them shipped directly to St. Francis House.  You can click the following link to visit their Wishlist page:

St. Francis House Amazon Wishlist

The page will look similar to this:

Note the red arrow – to see the entire Wishlist, be sure to click each of the different categories. Please follow the instructions at the top of the page (included below) and be sure to send items directly to St. Francis House. Please note that you will have to enter the St. Francis House address (see below) as a new delivery address in your Amazon account.

For all purchases: 

Please select “THIS IS A GIFT” option at checkout and provide your name and address in the gift message for our documentation.

SFH Tax ID is: 22-251-9129

For items purchased from the St. Francis House Wishlist, Clothing Department, and Summer Needs categories: 

These items are provided to guests at no cost through our Resource Center. Most guests cannot afford to purchase items like these.

Please send items to: St. Francis House, Resource Center, 39 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116

For items purchased from the Women’s Center category: 

These items are provided to guests at no cost through our Women’s Center, where our female guests can seek refuge. 

Please send items to: St. Francis House, Women’s Center, 39 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116 

Update from the Service Commission: New Ways to Help
St. Francis House