What an amazing 16 months of transformation. On April 1, 2019 crews arrived to begin demolition of the five houses that were to be the site of the new St. Francis House facility.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is scheduled Saturday, May 4, 2019. Construction began on the south wing and main office, kitchen and dining area. That phase of the project was completed in late December 2019, meaning our guests were able to celebrate Christmas in our new home.
In January, 2020 work began to remove the old main shelter so construction of the north residential wing could begin. The north wing was completed in early July 2020. Guests moved into the new wing in mid-July, expanding our capacity to 120 guests in the new facility. With the addition of landscaping, a sprinkler system, signage and a flag pole, the project was completed at the end of July 2020.
The graphic to the right illustrates the parking options that are available when visiting the St. Francis House.
Donation Drop Off:
The area in front of the main entrance (highlighted in red) is a short-term parking area reserved for individuals who are dropping off donations. The area is inset from the street. Please parallel park in this area.
Volunteer / Visitor Parking:
Volunteers and visitors to the St. Francis House may park in the diagonal parking spaces in front of the building along N. Sherman Ave. In case those spaces are occupied, on street parking is available on the south side of E. Austin St between N. Sherman Ave. and N. Van Eps Ave, and along the north side of E. 8th St next to St. Francis House.
We ask everyone visiting the St. Francis House to please be respectful of our neighbors and to not park in front of our neighbors' property.
Thank you for your cooperation during this time.
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