Saint Francis Home provides high-quality residential and assisted care and services for seniors and disabled adults of limited financial means in a home-like environment where independence, dignity and self worth are nurtured.Saint Francis Home is a non-profit corporation, established and sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, to operate as a licensed Assisted Living Facility for no & low-income adults. The Home enforces equal opportunity laws in all of its activities.The establishment of Saint Francis Home reflects the commitment of the Catholic Church to ministries designed to serve the community, and promote quality care for the whole-person, including physical, psychological, spiritual, and social well-being. The services and programs of Saint Francis Home are designed to fulfill this commitment, and are augmented and enriched by the use of community resources and a reliable, resourceful and dynamic volunteer base.The mission of Saint Francis Home is rooted in the Catholic ethical tradition. The purpose of Saint Francis Home is to provide a home for adults who are elderly or disabled; without discrimination as to race, color, creed or sex; and to offer programs and services to residents which will enhance the human dignity, personal worth, independence and growth of the individual. Saint Francis Home encourages the active participation of residents in planning for their care and daily living, while providing necessary support, assistance and specific activities to foster growth and harmony.
Saint Francis Home came to be in 1973 when the Catholic Diocese of Richmond donated $500 and use of the former St. Gerard Home for expectant and single mothers to provide care and safe-haven for eight at-risk elderly and disabled individuals. Later, licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services as an Adult Home, and sponsored by the Diocese as a Social Ministry for the elderly poor, Saint Francis Home’s resident population steadily grew over the years. By 1985, 29 residents were sleeping in its two crowded dormitories, and the operational structure of the Home needed to be formalized and strengthened to enable funds to be raised to meet operating expenses. The Diocese addressed both issues in 1986 by:
Since 1986, Saint Francis Home has expanded/upgraded its facility to meet an ever-growing need for access to quality assisted care among the low-income elderly population of the Greater Richmond and beyond. Today, this humble ministry-founded in faith, sustained by hope, and flourishing with love-is licensed for 135, and is currently “home” to approximately 125 elderly and disabled residents of limited means.
Saint Francis Home was established in 1973 to serve the needs of the elderly poor and disabled in Richmond and beyond. Since then, Saint Francis Home has successfully saved countless people from unimaginable circumstances. Our ability to help seniors at a time in their lives when they have become the most fragile and dependent on others, is what has made Saint Francis Home a refuge, and a place of hope for those who, through no fault of their own, cannot care for themselves.The Ministry of Saint Francis Home is dependent on donations to support our work. Without generous financial gifts and limitless volunteer hours, the ministry of Saint Francis Home could not care for the 123 residents who currently call Saint Francis Home ”Home.”If you are seeking a worthy ministry to support, I highly recommend and invite you to contact me to set up a time to tour Saint Francis Home. I will gladly show you firsthand how our ministry operates and those who benefit from our labors. There is truly something special about caring for those who paved the way for all of us.
To promote healthy activities and life-styles among residents. The WHIP program has been very successful in presenting a variety of integrated activities and therapies to promote physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual wellness for residents.
· Weight Resistance Fitness Program: Led by Certified Occupational Therapist, based on a Tufts University / Harvard study showing weight resistance to be the most effective program to increase muscle and bone mass among the elderly, while also improving mobility, flexibility and reducing incidents of falls. (Program outcomes in strength, mobility to be measured: start, mid-point, concluding)
· Yoga—Led by a yoga practitioner to help our residents increase their flexibility.
· Healthy Eating and Special Diet Programs led by Registered Dietician: Monthly sessions with staff in healthy food prep and menu development, and group and individual sessions with residents educating, promoting and monitoring healthy eating choices. Measured outcomes: diet / weight control, blood sugar (diabetics), (low, no salt), (renal).
Saint Francis Home relies on charitable contributions to cover the annual operating deficit incurred by caring for those who, through no fault of their own, do not have the financial means to pay for an Assisted Living Facility.
Every resident arrives at Saint Francis Home having dealt with the reality that they could no longer live independently, and in most cases, could not pay for services offered at an assisted living facility. Most come to accept their need for assistance as simple activities of daily living they used to perform with ease become labored. They may recognize diminishing physical strength and energy; increasing frailty and memory loss; and come to the realization their shrinking world consists of boring, non-stimulating routines and all too often, find themselves living in impoverished and subhuman conditions. In many cases, the passive acceptance of these perceptions would lead them to conclude their lives to be in a free-fall, often overcome with feelings of helplessness, despair, and without any hope of living an acceptable and dignified lifestyle. Unfortunately, time and time again, their negative self-perception would become a reality.
Saint Francis Home’s values of instilling Dignity, Respect and Love provide a nurturing environment where seniors can receive and live a quality of life they would otherwise not be able to afford. Saint Francis Home provides residents with meticulously clean rooms, fresh linens, laundry service, three nutritious meals per day followed by three snacks, social activities and events, and every service is provided in a manner to protect, and enhance every individual’s self-esteem and self-worth.
In-order to meet the financial requirement needed to care for those with no or limited financial means, Saint Francis Home depends on charitable contributions. Saint Francis Home also receives funds from Individual Sponsors, Corporate Grants, and five annual fundraising events: our annual Dodgeball Tournament, a 5k "River Challenge", "Mandolay Night" - a black tie affair with boxing, fashion show, dancers and casino tables, our July Golf Tournament and our popular “Blue Crab & Blue Grass Festival" in October at Tredegar Iron Works.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Saint Francis Home runs at a deficit annually. Saint Francis Home Foundation of Richmond was established to act as a Fund-Raising entity to provide financial support for Saint Francis Home. The sole purpose of Saint Francis Home Foundation of Richmond is to identify, solicit and or recruit resources in support of our ministry. The shortfall incurred by Saint Francis Home each year is covered by funds transferred to the Home from the Foundation. Therefore, the foundation is responsible for all fund-raising and financial management of the funds, such as our Endowment and other investments.
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