St. Francis Househttp://www.stfrancishouse.com
Our mission statement is, "Moving People From Homelessness to Hope." The St. Francis House is an ecumenical emergency shelter for the homeless offering hospitality, fellowship, and support to those who are in need of shelter. We are a drug, alcohol and gambling free shelter. We provide a warm bed, showers, laundry, food, and other referrals. We offer special services for reaching long term goals including employment, independent housing, and addiction recovery. Those served at the St. Francis House include tired travelers, those coming from hospitals, treatment centers, and prisons, families looking to relocate, and anyone looking for a chance to start over. Guests have ranged from newborn infants to the elderly. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays. The St. Francis House depends entirely on private donations for its operating funds. Various grants from private foundations and the state of South Dakota have funded some new programs and renovations to the house, however, these grants are a one time gift and the improvements they fund must be maintained through our regular budget. We provide emergency shelter for up 71 individuals in the primary shelter and for 7 families in two family housing buildings on any given night. We provide three programs for our guests: 1) 7-day program. Individuals can stay for a maximum of seven consecutive days. They decide to apply for the Program or leave our home. If they leave they must be absent 30 days before they are again eligible for services. 2) 3 month stay. With this program, guests must have a job, attend two meetings per week, do assigned chores, and save their money and pay on outstanding debt. 3) Hope Program - 6 to 7 month stay. With this program, guests have completed the 3 month Program, attend weekly meetings, do assigned chores, save their money, pay outstanding debt and serve as an example to the rest of the guests. All of our guests are responsible for taking an investment in the upkeep of our home. Three meals a day are provided. The St. Francis House depends almost entirely on donations and volunteers to prepare and serve meals to our guests.