St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Francis and Clare of Assisi, the inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and hospitality.
Workers and volunteers at the Inn seek to empower people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and address structural injustices. They build relationships with the people they serve by respecting their dignity, helping them to restore hope in their lives, and living simply among them.
Delegations of six to eight parishioners from our parish travel to Philadelphia a few times each year to participate in this community. Delegates serve at the Inn from Monday through Friday, typically departing from Raleigh on a Sunday and returning the following Saturday.