The Francisco Homes provides holistic reentry support services and transitional housing for formerly incarcerated “lifers” on parole. Our homes are located in South Los Angeles. Our work is Faith-inspired and infused with Hope & Love. These spiritual gifts provide the cornerstone for all that we do and are the reason we maintain a less than one percent recidivism rate.
MISSION & VISION
The Francisco Homes offers hope and multi-faceted, holistic support to formerly incarcerated individuals aspiring to re-integrate back into the community. 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.
In 2012, Sr. Teresa Groth DMJ, was named executive director of The Francisco Homes. Sister Teresa 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.
The Francisco Homes is a faith-inspired non-profit 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. 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.
WHO WE SERVE
We serve men on parole from long-term incarceration, mostly life sentences. Without guaranteed housing, they would be forced to remain in prison. And since we do not place a maximum time for men to live in our community (the average stay is 14 months), our residents are not at risk for homelessness which happens all too often. Residents come from a wide range of backgrounds, ethnicities and religious affiliations. The average age is 54 and ranges from early 30’s to late 80’s. Their average time incarcerated is 28 years. Some of our residents have been in prison for over four decades.
WE ARE OUR GRATEFUL FOR OUR PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS
- Ben Lambert – CFO, works at Berkhemmer Clayton, Vice President
- Sister Teresa Groth, DMJ, CEO, Board Secretary
- John Oder – Board President, Attorney, Law Office of John Oder
- Jimmie Thompson – Fair Chance Project, Director, Board Member
- Scott Wood – Retired Director, Loyola Law School Center for Restorative Justice, Professor at LMU
- 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
- Sister Teresa Groth, DMJ, Executive Director
- David G. Smith, Program/Business Manager
- Nicole Sela, Dir. of Resident Services & Resident Coundelor
- Alicia Brown – Community Health Worker
- Larah B. Fuentes – Community Health Worker
- L. Cleon Breatlove – Community Health Worker
- Sister Pascazia Kinkuhaire, DMJ, Case Management/Pastoral Counseling
- Sister Linda Peters, DMJ, Faith-inspired administration and Pastoral Counseling
- Many dedicated volunteers