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2020 Wrap Up

In the 12 years since we began operating, we have welcomed 620 men into our program. In the place of crimes, these men have committed endless good deeds for each other, for their families, and for the community. This year had unique challenges that we met in stride. Our groups transitioned from in person to virtual as did our resident […]

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Thanksgiving at The Francisco Homes 2020

We all know that holidays aren’t always easy. They are often shown as festive, warm and wonderful, but that is not the reality for many. It’s no different at The Francisco Homes. A small amount of our residents get to experience the joy of reuniting with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving. However, the vast majority […]

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Performance by TFH Residents

On June 27 we had the premier of the video production of our theater group. Almost twenty of our residents collaborated with the Theatre Workers Project, directed by Susie Tanner, through workshops, writing and performing to produce the video “150 Days“. This was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council. […]

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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

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 the other Francisco […]

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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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