Ever wonder about the St. Francis House, our neighbor on the south end of 12th? The St. Francis House has been providing services for homeless and needy populations on 12th Avenue for 22 years. They primarily provide clothing to individuals on a drop-in basis but also provide household goods, pre-made sandwiches, and a helping hand to get folks in need of more services in touch with other organizations that can help. About 60-80 individuals walk through the doors of St. Francis House everyday.
These bins are filled with partially used shampoo and soaps from local hotels. Instead of dumping these materials in a landfill, St. Francis House volunteers provide these to needy individuals.
St. Francis House is a private charity that is not affiliated with a church or government organization. St. Francis House was started 40 years ago by a secular group called the Third Order of Franciscans that provided food to the needy on Broadway. Because St. Francis House is independent, they are able to provide simple charity where support goes directly to those that need it and not to organizational overhead.
St. Francis House relies almost completely on volunteers. Many Seattle University and Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences students provide valuable support for the organization while benefiting themselves from the service learning opportunity of helping out in their neighborhood.
Located at 169 12th Avenue at E Spruce Street, St. Francis House is always looking for donations of clean, used clothing – especially men’s clothing, shoes and backpacks.
Co-director Kathleen McKay prepares for the 200 cups of coffee that will be handed out today.