An Expression of Love’: St. Francis House Prepares Thanksgiving Feast for Homeless Community


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Fifty-four turkeys with all the fixings, and a full breakfast to still serve – that’s how staff at St. Francis House in Boston spent their Thanksgiving morning.

Staff at St. Francis House arrived early Thursday morning to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for an estimated 350 members of Boston’s homeless community. But the work does not stop with just putting a meal together.

St. Francis House staff are trying to make their guests feel like they’re at home. Linen tablecloths, flowers and candles will be spread across the dining tables at St. Francis House.

We’re starting this Thanksgiving with chilly temperatures in the 30s, still cold but far milder compared to Thanksgivings in recent years. Temps will rise through the day into the 40’s, with sunshine stretching across New England. Showers are anticipated for Black Friday, but only a mild pitter patter of rain is expected!

“Thanksgiving is a special holiday for everybody,” said Karen LaFraizia, President of St. Francis House. “It’s a time for family, a time for food and fellowship; people coming together. But if you’re somebody experiencing homelessness, it’s also a very lonely time. You feel very detached, so we just try to do everything we can pull out all the stops.”

LaFraizia made an emphasis on the act of serving their guests. “It’s 30-40 people coming in, really serving a meal on china plates so that people can have some sense of specialness for the holiday.”


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