A LEGACY OF COMPASSION AND EMPOWERMENT
When Sister Christina joined St. Francis Center as Executive Director 23 years ago, it was a small donation center for food and clothing in Redwood City’s North Fair Oaks neighborhood, known for gangs and crime. Despite the areas challenges, Sister Christina saw the potential for a brighter future.
Over the past 23 years, North Fair Oaks has undergone a remarkable transformation. Today, it is a safe and vibrant place where multigenerational families have access to resources that allow them to live with dignity and become self-sufficient members of the community. In addition to providing essential services such as food, clothing, rental assistance, and educational programs, St. Francis Center owns and manages the Holy Family School, Siena Youth Center, and 17 newly built or refurbished apartment buildings that house nearly 1,300 people from 259 low-income and extremely low-income families. Without Sister Christina’s leadership and the generous, unwavering support of donors and partners, none of this would have been possible.
As destiny would have it, Sister has been called back to Wisconsin to become Prioress General of her Dominican congregation. Her legacy continues through the Center’s committed board, staff, volunteers, teachers, students, and the auxiliary, who remain dedicated to upholding St. Francis Center’s mission and expanding its future goals. Due to the pandemic and recent economic downturn, the demand for food, clothing, housing, and education has never been greater. We need your help now more than ever to assist even more families in need. We have a plan in place and are proud to announce The Sister Christina Legacy Fund.