The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., an Episcopal priest, founded Saint Francis Boys’ Home nearly seven decades ago in
Ellsworth, Kansas. Fr. Bob had seen too many troubled youth disappear forever into the juvenile justice system,
and he wanted to help them reclaim their lives and their futures. He offered hope.
Over the years, the scope of our ministry has grown, encompassing foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption,
family preservation, residential care, and community outreach services. We provide child welfare services in
Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and adult developmental disabilities services in Mississippi.
Saint Francis Boys’ Home began with 12 boys; today Saint Francis Community Services serves thousands of
children and youth. Yet, we still do the same work begun by Fr. Bob – helping children and youth find a more
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