Assisi 1 was started on December 1, 2014 in the former convent of a closed Catholic parish that had been purchased by a small congregation , North City Church of Christ. The building had been renovated several years before to serve as a residence for veterans, but the operation had been unsuccessful. We opened as an "all winter shelter" for 27 men, and after an eventful but successful winter we decided to keep it operating as permanent housing for 13 men. We have leased the building from the Church and its pastor, Reverend Robert Lawrence, since 2014 and have a strong positive relationship with Rev. Lawrence. We have assisted Rev. Lawrence in obtaining financial support for the church's summer program for young people, and he supports our efforts to have a positive relationship with the neighborhood.