An oasis in Brooklyn, NY exists. The St. Francis House and the St. Joseph Residence in Greenpoint, Brooklyn are a place of safety, comfort, values, discipline and faith. A place where you can find refuge in a dark world, and shelter in a time of need. There have been many young men who have come and gone over the years and I was fortunate to have spent 2 years of my life there from 1996-1998. In those years I had a lot of ideas about life, opinions about how I fit in and questions about my purpose. Like many others, I can always stand to learn a thing or two, and it was at the St Francis House where I really saw God's hand at work every day in my life and in the lives of my roommates. Young men working hard to move in a direction of healing, success, purpose, and redemption. The relationships I made back then are still valid today and even more meaningful. As the years have gone by, as we grow older, I see these men growing in their faith, I see a maturity, a solid grounding that could only come from one source. I am truly grateful to Father Benedict, Joe Campo, the Franciscans, my old roommates whom I call brothers and all the generous people who help this oasis continue to thrive. It has never been more relevant and in need. It provides a home to the homeless and ultimately hope to the hopeless.