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REACHING OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, an outreach ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, was established in 1992.  Its main objective is to serve the many needs of the low-income, disadvantaged families in the Eastern Prince William County.  St. Francis House is located in a rented townhouse within the Williamstown community.

2606 Heth Court., Dumfries, VA 22026

You can help those in need through our programs, including the Food Pantry, Mommy & Me, Financial Assistance for the needy, and Meals for the Homeless Shelter.

For more information, please contact Francia Salguero at (703) 221-6344 or francias@stfrncis.org.

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How You Can Help

 

St. Francis House is well recognized in the Prince William County area for all the support that we provide in our community. Services include:

 

  • Assistance with utility disconnect notices (electric, gas, oil, propane, water and sewer)
  • Rental assistance
  • Emergency prescription assistance for uninsured individuals
  • Transportation assistance (i.e. assistance with gas, bus tokens…)
  • Funeral assistance
  • Food pantry
  • Community referral/resources
  • Summer youth programs (on hold due to COVID)
  • Adult ESL/preschool program (on hold due to COVID)
  • School supplies donations
  • Un-trim a Tree (Christmas gifts for local children)
  • Meal assistance to Bill Mehr Drop-in Shelter and Hilda Barg Shelter
  • Operation Turkey
  • Financial assistance for families in need through partnerships with ACTS, Salvation Army and many other agencies.

Supporting the Food Pantry

“The generous man is blessed. For he gives of his bread to the poor.”- Proverbs 22:9 St. Francis House provides food for financially troubled families in Dumfries, Triangle and Quantico. The food pantry is a success thanks to the help of the parishioners who graciously donate, transport, and prepare the bags of food that are later distributed on Thursdays. Volunteer – We have a team of dedicated volunteers who keep the pantry running smoothly. Due to COVID, volunteer opportunities are very limited. For more information, please contact Francia Salguero at 703-221-6344 or francias@stfrncis.org

During the pandemic, we have partnered up with the Prince William County Food Bank to provide clients with boxes of perishable/non-perishable food. The perishable boxes include: milk, eggs, meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Each box weighs 30 lbs.  The non-perishable box weighs about 25 lbs., which includes items like canned fruits/vegetables, tuna, cereal, etc.  Along with the 18 lb bags we provide, each family leaves with about 73 lbs of food each week.

Collect for the Pantry – Is your Youth Group, Office, Social Group or ministry looking for a way to give to the community? Print off copies of the Grocery List and organize a food drive. Grocery List: Thank you so much for the contributions to the food pantry. We are always in need for food for the food pantry. Here is the list of items included in our food bags:

  • 1 can of fruit
  • 1 jar or can of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cans of soup
  • 1 lb. package spaghetti
  • 2 packs of Macaroni & cheese
  • 1 box of cereal
  • 2 cans of soup
  • 1 box of pasta (elbow macaroni, egg noodles, bow tie pasta, etc.)
  • 2 meat products (tuna, stew, roast beef, chicken, corned beef, hash, spam, ham, etc.)
  • 3 vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, mixed vegetables, carrots, etc.)

Please think about us when you are shopping as we really need your help. Thank you so much for your continued response to our call for food donations.

 

Mommy & Me (on hold due to COVID)

A safe, reliable, and professional program for parents, their children, and other members of the community who want to learn essential English language skills. While children study with their teachers, interested moms and dads will receive special attention from an English tutor.

These special sessions will provide parents with the support and material they need to continue their children’s learning at home while also addressing their own goals for English language proficiency.

“I met Marguerite at daily Mass. Marguerite is a devout Catholic who was a very well-educated professional in her home country. She came to the U.S. to live with her daughter’s family. Not feeling confident about her English speaking skills, she felt isolated and lonely in her new home. I invited her to join our Mommy and Me English class for adults. It wasn’t long before Margarite discovered her English voice, made friends and become a joyful contributor to life at St Francis parish.  Margarite’s story is one of many of the stories that come from empowering adult students with English language skills.” – Josee Turner, 10-year Volunteer for Mommy and Me.

Financial Assistance

St. Francis House assists residents of Eastern Prince William County who have received disconnection notices for utilities (electric, gas, oil, propane, water and sewer). St. Francis House provided emergency assistance to more than 900 households in 2020. We provided more than $60,000.00 in assistance for utility bills, rent, prescriptions, transportation assistance, funeral assistance, job assistance and food assistance

Meals for Shelters

St. Francis of Assisi parish supported The Hilda Barg Shelter and the Bill Mehr Drop-in Shelter with meals. We provided 1,470 meals for both shelters from January-present. St Francis provides meals for The Hilda Barg Shelter twice a year (one week in the summer and one week in the winter). St. Francis also provides meals for The Bill-Mehr Drop in Shelter all year around. Breakfast every Saturday from April 1st to October 31st. Dinners every Saturday from November 1st to March 30th. You can read more about these two outreach centers here (PDF). 

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