Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
Holy Name Province
Francis Center - Niagara Falls, NY
A place to experience the joy of
learning and creating in our neighborhood.
and creating in our neighborhood.
there is despair, hope.
there is darkness, light.
…where there is sadness, joy."
the prayer of St. Francis
Since 1996 Francis Center has provided a safe and welcoming place for children of all faiths and backgrounds:
primary schools in our Niagara Falls neighborhood have an enrollment of 1800
students. 1999 reports indicate that 72.7% (School A) and 50.8% (School B)
of children score below standard in English Language Arts tests.
schools report poverty levels of 83% based on Federal Lunch Program eligibility
report a significant number of children are cited for aggressive behavior or
difficulty relating with peers.
of these children cannot afford tutoring or lessons and experiences in fine
Francis Center provides a variety of programs responding to the needs of children:
you put food and shelter into the inner city,
will reap survival.
you put art and beauty and values there,
will reap soul.
develop fully human beings in this society
must provide more than food and shelter.
We must give living skills, group skills,
and the civilizing value of
Joan D. Chittister, OSB
Center is sponsored and staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis, Stella Niagara,
them in this service are many volunteers from the community:
and high school students,
citizens, neighbors and professional teachers.
continue our mission, we need your help too.
join us by making a tax-exempt contribution to:
Falls, New York 14301