Siena/Francis House 'grieving' after 3 employees were stabbed


One day after three women were stabbed while working at the Siena/Francis House, the shelter says its community is "grieving" but will "move forward."

The shelter's executive director, Linda Twomey, issued the following statement Thursday.

"The three victims of yesterday’s events are all employees of Siena/Francis House. Janis Boos, Jenilee Rapp and Brenda Finnegan are our colleagues and our friends. We’re grateful that their injuries are not life-threatening and Janis, Jenilee and Brenda are all expected to recover. All three provide direct service to our homeless guests. Jenilee, a case manager, has served with us since 2010. Janis serves on our shelter staff and joined Siena/Francis House in 2015. Brenda, also a case manager, started four months ago.

Siena/Francis House serves approximately 500 people per day and nearly 3,800 each year. Everything we do is in service to individuals experiencing homelessness. Several of our employees have served here for nearly twenty years and no one can recall a day like yesterday. But we’re coming together as a family to move forward.

Our shelter operations are fully open and we plan to serve dinner and provide shelter beds tonight, as we always do. Like a family, we are all grieving in our own way. Throughout today we have worked with local trauma experts to help our staff begin to move forward. We will continue to do what we need to do to heal and provide necessary homeless services.

Right now, we’re reviewing yesterday’s events and speaking with our staff to better understand what happened. We’ll provide more details in the coming days."

Police identified the stabbing suspect as Stephen Caldwell, 54.

He was shot and killed by police during the incident.

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