ESL Program

Meeting the Language Needs of our Community

Classes focus on written communication (reading and writing), and oral communication (listening and speaking). 

COVID changes!

St. Francis House ESL Program has been moved online until further notice. 

The ESL Program is currently in transition and we are working on a plan to best serve our ESL students going forward.

Donations Hours and Updates

Donation Hours (see upcoming holiday hours /closure below)

Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: CLOSED to donations, Client Shopping ONLY
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: CLOSED to donations, Client Shopping ONLY
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 2:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Upcoming Holiday Hours / Closure

  • Tuesday, November 29th — First Day of Christmas Shopping
  • Friday, December 16th — Last Day of Christmas Shopping
    Clothing Bank Reopens for Client Shopping on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023
  • Friday, December 23rd — Closing for Donations at Noon
    Team Celebration Noon to 3:00 PM
    All Staff Off at 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 24th — SFH Closed
  • Monday, December 26th — SFH Closed
  • Saturday, December 31st — SFH Closed
  • Monday, January 2nd — SFH Closed

Due to our limited space, donations are limited to 6 bags or boxes per day. We are also asking that for the safety of our staff and volunteers, these bags and boxes weigh NO MORE than 25lbs. We appreciate your generosity and understanding.

**Please check our Donate – Items page for donation restrictions**

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the English as a second Language Program Involve?

During COVID this program has moved on-line. We are now in the planning stages to transition our ESL program to better serve our students.
ESL Student

All our services and programs are offered free of charge

We exist to improve the lives of those in need.

Doris, Student and Daughter

Stories of Hope

A Gift of Gratitude Lives On

It was early morning in 2004 and November’s heavy night frost still hung in the air. As Sister Pat hurried past the covered patio outside the clothing bank’s sorting room, she noted that the homeless woman whom she had allowed to sleep there had not yet awakened....

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Katie’s Story

Lovely, young Katie came to St. Francis House last week seeking financial assistance. The twenty-three-year-old had just started a new, full-time job at a warehouse, but needed to pay rent before her first paycheck would arrive. She lives in a Section 8 house and has...

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Finding Purpose in this World

Ann came to St. Francis House the summer of 2016 as a homeless client. She was struggling with addiction, and her mother and stepfather – at their wits end – had “dropped” her in Puyallup. The anxiety of being homeless in an unfamiliar city only accelerated her...

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A Client’s Words

“What an amazing blessing St. Francis House has been to me and my children! We thank you so much. Without your assistance with my move in cost, clothing, and things for our household, our transition out of homelessness into our own apartment wouldn’t have been possible.”
Thank you and God Bless you all! – The Hill Family

Volunteer Opportunities

I chose to volunteer because I feel useful. We have met so many great friends through volunteering at St. Francis House.
— SFH Volunteer

Giving Opportunities

Hope is the fruit of compassionate generosity. It is the compassion in the heart of another that inspires them to give whatever will bring hope.
— Sister Pat

Shop the Nook

The Nook is a charity boutique operated by St. Francis House. The Nook sells “twice-loved” treasures at low prices in person at our Main Street location or in our online store.