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About Us

Mission

The Francisco Homes offers hope and multi-faceted, holistic support to formerly incarcerated individuals aspiring to re-integrate back into the community.

Vision

Guided by faith-inspired principles, The Francisco Homes encourages our community to acknowledge the worth and dignity in all people, opening the door of opportunity for conciliation and healing; building a society in which the re-entry process becomes restorative.

Our Service Model

    • Offer housing and basic support for immediate residential and personal needs.
    • Connect and empower residents to network with community job readiness centers, employers, volunteer organizations, local colleges/vocational training programs and/or benefit services.
    • Affirm residents in their confidence toward healthy choices for their lives and their community through support groups and mentoring.
    • Provide resources for residents to be active, productive and enrolled in service-oriented projects in the community
    • Facilitate and guide the establishing of interdependent healthy relationships. Residents reconnect to their family, friends and community.
    • Assist and instruct in the use of technology in communication, etiquette, and integrity in its use.
    • Provide steps toward permanent housing.

Welcome

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the support and openness of heart that makes our program possible.  From the vision to welcome the forgotten inmates, and the experience of the first residents, we have grown in ways we hadn’t imagined.  Most of all we are affirmed by the resilient spirit of the residents and the power of self-awareness, forgiveness and reconciliation.  I am in awe at the camaraderie across cultures, generations, and backgrounds among our residents.  There is a clear commitment to supporting each other in giving back to the community.  As more of the men we serve become “past” residents we are delighted to hear from the once broken spirits speak of the new communities they have gotten involved in, the churches they have joined, and even the jobs they are developing for others.  And you are somehow a part of all this.  Thank you!

 

Sister Teresa

Sister Teresa Groth, Executive Director, is a member of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph.  She has a diverse background of professional experiences, parish ministry, as well as spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.

History

Starfish Stories Inc. a faith-inspired non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2007 as an extension of a project of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  The transitional housing program was given the name “The Francisco Homes”, honoring St. Francis of Assisi in his ardent work for the poor and marginalized.  The project was initiated to serve men coming back from prison in need of “sober” supportive transitional housing.  Early on it became clear that there was a desperate need for this type of housing for “Lifers” seeking to solidify their parole plans as a prerequisite for release.  From one home in 2008 we are now 8 homes with a total capacity of almost 90 residents.  In 2012, Sr. Teresa Groth DMJ, was named Executive Director for Starfish Stories Inc. dba The Francisco Homes.  As the only residential program specific to Lifers in the state of California, The Francisco Homes receives thousands of requests for transitional housing each year and is a model for Restorative Justice and Holistic Community Integration for the long-term incarcerated.


Board

    • Ben Lambert – CFO, works at Berkhemmer Clayton, Vice President
    • Sister Teresa Groth, DMJ, Executive Director, Board Secretary
    • John Oder – Board President, works at Law Office of John Oder
    • Jimmie Thompson – Fair Chance Project, Director, Board Member
    • Scott Wood – Retired Director, Loyola Law School Center for Restorative Justice
    • David BenSoussan – Real Estate Investor, Social Activist
    • Audrey M. Holmes, Program Manager, County of Los Angeles Office of Diversion and Reentry
    • Reggie Miller, MSW, President of the Veterans Prison Project, retired Federal Law enforcement
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Staff

    • Sister Teresa Groth, DMJ, Executive Director
    • David G. Smith, Program/Business Manager
    • Maya DeNola, Director of Resident Services
    • Crescenzio Racca, Intake Coordinator
    • Nicole Sela, Resident Counselor
    • Sister Pascazia Kinkuhaire, DMJ, Case Management/Pastoral Counseling
    • Sister Linda Peters, DMJ, Faith-inspired administration and Pastoral Counseling
    • Many dedicated volunteers

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