St. Francis Outreach

Charities We Support

The following charitable causes were supported by St. Francis Outreach funds in 2019

We also provided hands-on support to several of these charities

Housing Up

Second Story

Boys Home of Virginia

Jackson-Feild Homes

St. Francis Creche Preschool Scholarship

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

Salvation Army Grate Patrol

Habitat for Humanity NOVA

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation

Five Talents International

Solar Sister

American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans

Diaper drive for Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter

Weekly tutoring at Garfield Elementary

Shepherd’s Center of Great Falls

Annual Diocesan Service Trip


Urgent Care


SHARE of McLean

Provides assistance to people in need including a food and clothing pantry.  In addition to sending funds, we held a summer food drive for SHARE.

Salvation Army Grate Patrol

Provides a mobile canteen to serve the homeless and needy. In 2019, Outreach funds were used to purchase food for making over 700 bagged meals as well as socks and other supplies.  Franciscans distributed the meals and supplies on the Grate Patrol four times in 2019, and in October we made and served nine gallons of soup.

Shepherd’s Center of Great Falls

Organizes volunteers to provide rides for homebound senior citizens.


Care for Children


Second Story

Programs include a teen shelter for local youth in crisis; young mothers’ program; homeless youth program; safe, supportive after school programs; and other community support for families, altogether serving hundreds of young people and families in the area.  Franciscans take Sunday dinners every other Sunday to the teen shelter. (This is ongoing during the pandemic.)  In 2019, we held a school supplies drive, Thanksgiving food drive, and apron fundraiser for Second Story.

Boys Home of Virginia

Was founded in 1906 by an Episcopal priest, for boys who have no suitable home or whose needs are best served away from home, with programs to develop boys mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Jackson-Feild Homes

Provides innovative, intensive therapeutic services using best practice trauma models for boys and girls in residential care and community-based services.

St. Francis Creche Preschool Scholarship

Provides need-based assistance to a child in our preschool, where students have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential by participation in prayer, play, the arts, and cognitive exercises.


Long-Term Needs


Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

St. Francis was one of 12 Episcopal Churches that founded Samaritan Ministry in 1986 for those experiencing homelessness, poverty or other debilitating challenges.  Its innovative next-step program empowers people to develop capacities and address barriers they face in order to live sustainable purpose-driven lives.  In 2019, Franciscans held a fundraiser for Samaritan Ministry, a toiletries drive, a children’s Christmas gift drive, and our annual Christmas party for Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up families.  At the party, we provided a buffet, Christmas crafts, Bingo, and “gift shop” where parents chose gifts for their children.

Housing Up

Provides affordable housing and comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.  Our children’s Christmas gift drive and annual Christmas party benefited both Samaritan Ministry and Housing up families.

Habitat for Humanity NOVA

Partners with people in the community to help them build or improve a place they can call home.  Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.  Franciscans volunteered for 12 “Build Days’ in 2019.

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation

Empowers and improves the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies. One program aids wounded veterans in recovery at no direct cost to the veteran or the family.


International Missions


Five Talents International

Partners with local churches in developing countries to form community savings groups, small groups of neighbors who save together and offer each other loans.  Five Talents also assists group members with literacy skills and financial management training.

Solar Sister

Trains and supports women in rural African communities to build sustainable businesses that deliver clean energy directly to people without power.


South Sudan


American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans

Seeks to focus attention on the needs and priorities of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and assist in meeting the needs of the Sudanese peoples.

Diocese of Ezo

St. Francis Church has a covenant relationship with the Diocese of Ezo.  Ezo is extremely remote and lacks basic services. St. Francis donates money for clean water, medicine, electricity, and other purposes.

St. Francis Basic School in Juba

St. Francis church helped establish and provide continuing support to the St. Francis Basic School in Juba (capital of South Sudan). During normal operations, the school provides education and food to several hundred students.


Franciscans provided the following additional hands-on support in 2019.


Diaper drive for Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter

Serves families and individuals.  Embry Rucker Shelter is part of Cornerstones, which received funds from the 2019 Gala.

Weekly tutoring at Garfield Elementary

Garfield Elementary School is in DC’s Ward 8.  Franciscans tutored children in literacy skills and planned additional fun activities designed to help improve their skills.  A children’s used book drive was held at St. Francis, and the books were distributed at a Garfield Elementary book fair, which was organized by Franciscan tutors.

Virginia Hospital Center

A supplies drive for the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade Mission Trip to Honduras

Annual Diocesan Service Trip

Franciscans participated in the annual Diocesan Service Trip to Appalachian Virginia.  The week’s work included roofing projects and housing upgrades for residents in need, wetlands research, and tutoring local elementary school children.

To identify needs in our community, our area, and the world where our financial commitment and hands-on involvement aid in alleviating human suffering, empower those in need to become self-sufficient, and strengthen the love of Christ in both the people we touch and within ourselves.

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