On March 15, 1987, we welcomed those needing a warm and safe place to stay into our home. . The late Bishop Paul Dudley began operations using the old Little Flower Convent. First Lutheran Church, through Pastor David Holm, provided the operational funds to run the operation. Together the two worked side-by-side to make the St. Francis House, an ecumenical ministry for the homeless, a reality. Today, we still use the old Carmelite monastery as our main shelter housing single males & females.
In 2003, the city of Sioux Falls started seeing an increase in the number of homeless families in need of transitional housing. To answer this growing need, we opened the Dudley Duplex located directly to the South of our main shelter. The Dudley Duplex is currently housing single females.
On February 18th, 2009, we opened the Tri-Plex in answer to the still growing need of transitional housing for families in Sioux Falls. The Tri-Plex located only a few blocks away from our main shelter houses up to three families with children. The building was transferred to the St. Francis House from another non-profit agency upon request of the City of Sioux Falls.
In 2009, we launched a capital campaign to build a new family unit capable of housing up to four families. The building was able to open its doors in December of 2009 in thanks to our generous neighbors, businesses, and the Helmsley Foundation.
On September 3, 2014, the Sherman House, was finalized. Our new home allowed us to expand the services we are able to provide single men. We house up to eight male guests in this home.
In 2017, we purchased this home which is now providing transitional housing to three single men who have graduated from our Hope Program to a more independent level of programming to prepare them for their final level of permanent housing in the community.
In 2017, we purchased this home which is now providing transitional housing to four single women who have graduated to our Hope Program, which allows for more independence for their next step to permanent housing in the community.
In 2018, we purchased this home which will in the near future provide transitional housing for a family seeking housing until they are able to obtain permanent housing in the community.
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