25 Years of Caring


Francis House was created in 1991 by the Sisters of St. Francis. Since that time, the home has served over 2,500 residents with terminal illnesses. Over 9,000 family members have received the loving support of the Francis House family of caregivers.

Sister Kathleen with resident


  • In 1989, leadership of the Sisters of St. Francis met with community leaders with the idea to create a home and a family where people with terminal illnesses could die with dignity and experience unconditional love.
  • A small group of dedicated individuals sought support for “Project Home.”
  • The Sisters of St. Francis designated a home at 108 Michaels Avenue.
  • January 28, 1991, Francis House opened its doors to the first two residents with a family of caregivers that included three sisters of St. Francis and 56 volunteers.
  • To meet overwhelming need, renovations were completed to allow Francis House to care for six residents at a time and create office space for staff members.
  • In 1998, a 7,800 square-foot building renovation and expansion project began to increase resident bedrooms to eight and provide more pleasant physical space and safety of the residents.
  • February 24, 1999 Friends and family of Francis House celebrate the Open House of the J. Stanley Coyne Residence at Francis House. Residents move into the new building on March 1, 1999.
  • With the construction of the new building, the Walkway of Blessings was created in the yard surrounding the gazebo with etched bricks dedicated in memory and in honor of loved ones.
  • January 28, 2001 Francis House friends, family, staff members and volunteers celebrate ten years of caring.
  • July 2002 Francis House board of directors votes to build second home.
  • April 2003 Francis House breaks ground on new home next to current house.
  • January 8, 2004 Blessing and dedication of the Tommy Coyne Residence at Francis House (114 Michaels Avenue).
  • February 2004 First residents move into 114 Michaels Avenue.
  • January 28, 2006 The ministry of Francis House celebrates its 15th anniversary.
  • 2007 There’s No Place Like Home grew to over 2,000 attendees.
  • 2011 As Francis House celebrates its 15th anniversary, The Caring Fund in Honor of Sister Kathleen Osbelt, Francis House’s endowment is created.
  • 2016 Francis House celebrates 25 years of caring to over 2,500 individuals during their final days.