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History

In 1990, the pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church opened the doors to those seeking refuge from a brutal winter storm. He put on a pot of coffee, set out some folding chairs and offered people a place to get warm. This single act of kindness inspired the parish’s longstanding commitment to serving its neighbors, launching a ministry that has lasted nearly three decades.

 

Thanks to a generous donation from the UAW-Ford Foundation, the Pope Francis Center underwent extensive renovations in 2013. It is now equipped with a state-of- the-art kitchen and laundry facilities as well as updated showers, restrooms and shaving stations. The center also offers guests a series of free clinics including legal, medical, dental and podiatry services.

 

To honor Pope Francis’ deep commitment to the poor, the Warming Center was renamed the Pope Francis Center in November 2015.

 

Today, the Center continues to grow and expand its services. The number of guests we assist each day has increased, and so has the scope of services and tools we provide to help reverse a person’s homeless status.

Pope Francis Center

Pope Francis Staff

Fr. Tim McCabe, S.J.

Executive Director

Pope Francis Center

Mary McEvoy

Dir Institutional Advancement

Chris Harthen

Program Director

Joe Zakens

Development Officer

Br. Denis Weber, SJ

Nutrition Coordinator

Anthony Retka

Outreach Coordinator

Anne Blake, PhD

Chief Administrative Officer

Board of Directors

Mr. James T. Heimbuch
Counsel,

Bodman PLC

Mr. Frank Migliazzo
Managing Director,
Merrill Lynch Private Bank

Mrs. Colleen Monahan
Civic Volunteer

Mr. Michael Monahan
President,

Monahan Enterprises, LLC

Mr. Martin J. Mulloy
Retired Vice Pres. Labor Relations,

Ford Motor Co.

Mr. Bill Brazier
Regional Vice President,

St. Vincent de Paul USAW

Ms. Nettie Seabrooks
Consultant,

Manoogian Foundation

Mr. Brad Simmons
Director, Community Outreach,

Ford Motor Company

Mr. Joseph H. Thibodeau
Founder,

Joseph H. Thibodeau, P.C.

Mr. John Tierney
Retried Chairman and CEO,

Chrysler Financial

Mr. Mark Van Faussien
Senior Managing Director,

Azimuth Capital Mgmt., LLC

Mr. Frank Jerneycic
Senior Vice President and CFO,

Kenwal Steel Corp

Mr. L’Nard Tuffsis
Product Design Engineer,

Ford Motor Company

Mr. Jason Puscas
Director of Government Relations,

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Jimmy Settles
Group Executive in Charge of Neighborhoods,

City of Detroit

Ms. Linda Werthman, RSM
Adjunct Professor of Social Work Education,

University of Detroit Mercy