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New Year's Newsletter

Reflections for the New Year

Dear Friends, We have just welcomed the New Year 2020. As people of faith we entered this new stage in the light of the Christmas event. We have been given a new life and a new hope in Christ.  Beyond any resolution we may have is the awareness that we have the gift of this present moment. This […]

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Sr. Teresa to be Honored as a CSJ “Hidden Hero” at LMU

Annually, the CSJ Center and Hidden Heroes Advisory Committee recognize LMU faculty, staff, students and alumni – this year adding a new category under “community partner” – through an award named “Hidden Heroes.” The individuals and groups who are nominated unassumingly exemplify justice and reconciliation in their lives and their work. Each awardee will be […]

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Angelus Features The Francisco Homes

Angelus Magazine, formerly The Tidings, wrote a profile this summer on Sr. Teresa and The Francisco Homes. Here is an excerpt: An inmate at Soledad State Prison for 22 years, and a decade before at other California prisons, Kevin Kristiansen had given up hope of ever getting out. After all, he was a “lifer” with no […]

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home Ceremony Last night I had the pleasure of attending one of our monthly Welcome Home Ceremonies. Imagine, after thirty years in prison, coming out to a “transitional home”. Then being invited to a Welcome Home Ceremony. In a circle you see thirty or forty people, some of them from your home, others from […]

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Cooking with Comida No Bombas

Cooking with Food Not Bombs Thanks to our resident, house manager and all around good guy David, the folks at Food Not Bombs spent the morning with about twenty residents practicing how to make delicious and nutritious veggie burritos. Ambrosia, Elizabeth, Mary and Luis outdid themselves in supporting our guys. It was a warm atmosphere, […]

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Sister Teresa’s Message (Feb Newsletter)

Dear friends, supporters and donors, We come to the beginning of Spring with expectations, but also unknowns. In Southern California we keep waiting for the steady rains promised by “El Niño” to relieve the water shortage. We Christians, in this season, are moving from the anxious desert journey of Lent with the hope and promise […]

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Sister Teresa Chosen as Panelist on Adult Re-entry

  Please join us at USC on Saturday, January 16th as Sister Teresa will take part in County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Summit. Please register here. This year the Safety Committee will inspire with proven approaches to adult re-entry. There’s a difference in the strengths and challenges of the long term incarcerated. For the […]

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Christmas Brunch at The Francisco Homes

We all know that the end of the year isn’t always easy from an emotional point of view. Although it’s always shown as festive and wonderful, that’s not the reality for so many of us. It’s no different at The Francisco Homes. While many of our residents are experiencing the pure joy of reuniting with […]

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Summit Committee includes The Francisco Homes

We are thankful to the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for including TFH in the planning of the 24th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit. The Summit will be Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at USC. It’s another example of how TFH residents through the personal transformation required to gain suitability for parole, are now […]

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