“I’m graduating!”

“I’m supposed to renew my registration card today, but instead I’m here to let you know I’ve graduated from St. Francis House and to say THANK YOU,” said Abigail proudly.

In 2014, Abigail found herself abandoned and left with nothing. This was the first time in her adult life that she had to figure out how to make it on her own. She came to St. Francis House feeling hopeless and uncertain of how she was going to survive.

St. Francis House helped Abigail with food, clothing, and connections to housing and continuing education programs. In the years following, Abigail found part-time employment, enrolled in school, and even got into her first apartment. St. Francis House was able to help her set up her new place with donated furniture and household items.

When she came to visit us last month and announced her “graduation”, she shared the news of her full-time management position. She also expressed her gratitude for all that St. Francis House was able to assist with during her struggle for independence.

“I didn’t think I could take care of myself and I was so nervous. St. Francis House helped me with so many things, but most importantly with kindness and encouragement. Now, I’m in a place where I can help others. Thank you!”