A Welcoming Place
On October 29, 2008, Poverello House opened its doors and invited homeless men to come in off the street for a day to sit down, decompress, get cleaned up and have a healthy meal in a home-like environment. Steeped in the Franciscan tradition, the idea was to create a welcoming place where all men would be treated equally with the God-given dignity each was born with. Each guest has a reserved spot one day a week to relax and socialize in a house they can all their own.
‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me — you did it to me.’
– Matthew 25:40
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm
Il Poverello - The Little Poor Man
Eight hundred years ago, Francis Bernadone and a small group of rag tag brothers of penance wandered the Umbrian Valley north of Rome. At first, the local population looked scornfully at these young men from Assisi who gave up wealth and prestigious careers to follow Francis. Over time, scorn turned into respect as the small group tended to the needs of those people, including lepers excluded from society. Humbly and joyfully, the brothers led lives of solidarity with the poor. When villagers saw Francis and his brothers walking toward them, they would say, “Here comes ‘Il Poverello,’ the little poor man.” Poverello House in Tucson, Arizona stands proudly in that Franciscan tradition of helping those in need who struggle to maintain their dignity on the fringe of society.