This is a place of love

151Elaine Newson never thought she would be on the receiving end of help. After leaving the Marine Corps with some disabilities, she was employed as a computer analyst and even helped to support her daughter and grandchildren.

But in 2004 the company she worked for closed unexpectedly, and Elaine found it hard to find employment. It was her daughter who suggested they go to St. Francis House for help. “I put it off for as long as I could. I had always made my own way. But when I got there I was welcomed. Never made to feel embarrassed or ashamed.”

Over the last thirteen years St. Francis has helped Elaine and her family with everything from utilities to prescriptions including school clothes and supplies for her grandchildren.  When her refrigerator died, St. Francis House was able to help her replace it.

Over the years, Elaine has given back to St. Francis House as well. She donates clothes and helps hand out commodities in the food pantry.

“In all the time I’ve been associated with St. Francis House, I’ve never seen anyone who needs help turned away, not because of race, age, gender or orientation. This is a place of love,” Elaine states. “And whatever your situation, St. Francis House will address your needs, and even a few of your wants,” she adds with a smile.

“Miracles happen every day and St. Francis House is a miracle for me.”