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 and females.
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 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.
On April 2, 2019, demolition began on six houses and two garages to make room for our new facility. Construction began soon afterward. The new facility will accommodate 120 guests (60 male, 60 female). The project will take place in 2 stages. The south wing, offices, kitchen and dining areas are scheduled to be completed in January 2020. Once finished, guests and staff will move into the new area. Then the main building will be demolished and construction will begin on the north wing. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020.
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