On Washington Street in St. Augustine, men and women sit outside the St. Francis House. They sit close to the things they carry, in fear that they can quickly be taken away.
St. Francis House
The desk that Judy Dembowski occupies at the St. Francis House is new to her. In a few short weeks, however, she has made it her own, down to her characteristic coffee mug.
In the state of Florida, homeless struggle to obtain IDs, Social Security cards.
Levi Drouillard appears young and unworn in comparison to the men he smokes cigarettes with under the makeshift patio towards the back of the St. Francis House.
By Alexa Epitropoulos | email@example.com
Upon first glance, the St. Francis House, a light green, two-story townhouse bursting at the seams with color, appears more like a bed and breakfast than a refuge for the homeless. The differences aren’t only skin deep.
Director Renee Morris, like the St. Francis House, proves that appearances can be deceiving. A petite, well-dressed woman with an assertive, to-the-point demeanor, Morris can be intimidating to a stranger. Closer examination reveals an individual with a profound passion for helping others.
By Lauren DeGeorge | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, Nov. 19, St. Augustine’s new favorite band, Nonchalant, will be hosting a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for St. Francis House, a downtown shelter and soup kitchen. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. at the British Pub at 213 Anastasia Blvd.
The event will be 18 and up and will include food donated by Hurricane Grill and Wings, along with raffles throughout the night. All proceeds will be going to St. Francis House.
Nonchalant’s guitar player, Luke Newcomer is more than excited about the event.