For 800 years St. Francis has been Known in every
culture and in every religion as the "Father of the Poor"- In the
simplicity of his heart he saw all of us as brothers and sisters
and, no matter how damaged or bruised we were by Me, In his eyes we
shone like the sun. in his honor I would like to tell! you another
story of a tenant who recently moved into St. Francis Residence It.
He is a man, II believe, St. Francis would have particularly loved
because of his simplicity of heart. We will call! him Andy.
Andy was born in Brooklyn in 1965. The oldest of four children, his
father worked for the gas company and his mother was an elder care
worker. When he was fourteen the family moved to South Carolina
where he completed High School. Soon after graduation Andy began
having a series of menial difficulties. For a while he tried working
on an assembly line putting motors together and, being tall and
handsome, he found work as a waiter. A few years later he moved back
to New York. He became progressively sick and wound up homeless and
on the streets with occasional visits to the hospital-
When you first meet Andy you are taken back by
his good looks and demeanor. But when you speak to him you quickly
discover he has the mind of a ten year old. There is an innocence of
heart to him that is reflective of the simplicity of St Francis.
No one needed a loving home more than Andy and,
because of you, he has finally found one.