Posts Tagged ‘dining room’

Guest Services Toiletry Drive

Monday, July 7th, 2014
by Taylor Skillin

DSC_8087Many of St. Anthony’s guests do not have access to basic necessities. Help fulfill our guests’ critical needs by donating unused travel-sized toiletry items. Going on a vacation? Save your unused toiletries and bring them in.

We are in need of:

  • Shampoos & conditioners
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Razors
  • Deodorants
  • Combs

Please contact our Guest Services staff with any questions: (415)592-2742

Thank you for your support!

On Schedule to Serve San Francisco

Friday, May 30th, 2014
by Taylor Skillin

The scaffolding’s coming down, the drywall’s going up, and we’re on schedule to open the doors to the New St. Anthony’s Dining Room this fall.

When construction’s complete, we’ll be able to serve 43% more guests in a gorgeous space with floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art equipment, and easy access to the rest of our programs & services, helping San Franciscans in need find a path to stability.

Stay tuned for details on the grand opening!

Honoring the Workers of the New St. Anthony’s Dining Room

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
by Barry

The New St. Anthony’s Dining Room is rising on the corner of Golden Gate and Jones. Often when we talk about this amazing building going up, we focus on how our generous donors are making it happen, and they are.

But to be true to our Franciscan roots, we must also honor the actual workers who are building the forms and pouring the concrete. We did just that last week when we served lunch to all the workers on the site. That’s what we do—we serve meals to thousands of people every day. So we carried trays of food to the 40 workers who sat at tables temporarily set up on the newly poured floor of what will be the future Dining Room. We thanked them for their work and prayed for their safety.

Barry Stenger is the Executive Director of St. Anthony Foundation

Tarnished Golden Years for Some

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
by Dolores Gould

Thanks to everyone who participated in St. Anthony’s Senior Protein Drive!  Our Social Work Center Pantry, which helps seniors augment their diets to ensure healthy nutrition, received approximately 9,000 ounces of protein items:  peanut butter, tuna, chicken, and much more.  This generosity will provide the daily required protein intake for 1,285 days.  Your support means a senior in our community is healthier today.

For seniors, enough food, and health-sustaining food, is especially important, particularly when they are vulnerable to disease, or when life circumstances – such as limited mobility– make obtaining a healthy diet more difficult. Food insecure elderly persons have been found to be 2.33 times more likely to report fair or poor health status. Food insecurity among elders increases disability, decreases resistance to infection, and extends hospital stays.  Many medications also must be taken with food to assure their effectiveness. Too many seniors skip meals in order to purchase medication, only to see the “Take with food” label on the prescription bottle.

Twenty percent of San Franciscan seniors experience food insecurity, tarnishing their golden years with the stress and anxiety of trying to make ends meet.

Consider making your voice heard and ensure that our elders are cared for: sign our petition here.

Treat Yourself at St. Anthony’s-National Women’s Health Week

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
by Dolores Gould

Treat Yourself- St. Anthony celebrates National Women Health Week with a day-long health fair for women.

Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women’s health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, happier lives.

On May 7th , 2013 St. Anthony Medical Clinic is hosting Women’ Health Day to celebrate National Women’s Health Week.  The day will cover women’s breast health, nutrition, physical activity, and emotional health including education and resource building around issues of domestic violence and abuse.

We will collaborate with San Francisco General Hospital’s Mammo Mobile, which will provide screenings, Kaiser Permanente, Women’s Community Clinic and La Casa de las Madres, as well as St. Anthony’s own health care providers to offer a comprehensive program to the women of the Tenderloin.

It can be challenging to get low-income women into health services.  Many barriers delay or prevent accessing care, including linguistic and cultural differences, financial pressures, and the fact that most low-income women’s resources go to providing food and housing for themselves and their families leaving little money or time to devote to their own well-being. Low-income women face the same pressures most women face, but with far fewer resources to manage them.

The theme of the day is ‘Treat Yourself’ that that is that taking care of yourself is important for wellness, but also that caring for your self has additional rewards that ripple out to families and communities.

To make the experience complete, we will offer our attendees some additional gifts.  Sephora has donated make-up, perfume, skin care, and other “treatment” gifts to help us complete our wellness day.  These are items often completely beyond the reach of low income women and so important to women’s self-esteem.  The clinic staff are preparing healthy food from their own “recipe box” to share and printed recipes will be available for our guests.

Breaking Ground

Friday, January 25th, 2013
by Guest

Guest blogger Maura Hurley is a St. Anthony’s volunteer.

The sky was cloudy, but the day was joyous on Golden Gate Avenue as San Francisco notables and a host of other visitors and guests celebrated the groundbreaking of the long-awaited new building on Jones Street that will house a larger St. Anthony’s Dining Room and 90 units of affordable housing for low-income senior citizens.

Among the dignitaries: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and S.F. Giants mascot Lou Seal.

The a cappella Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir entertained the crowd with a rousing rendition of “God is Great.” And Tammy Nelson from the cast of “Beach Blanket Babylon.” dressed in her pizza delivery outfit, sang “San Francisco” (open up your Golden Gate) as the crowd cheered.

The groundbreaking itself–at the bottom of the construction site — featured dignitaries wielding gold-colored shovels and an interfaith blessing.

Three representatives of the Sikh community in Fremont took BART to the City to attend the event. Balbir Sull, Avtar Kaur and Nirmal Singh Chemma said that their community has been donating new blankets to St. Anthony’s for 16 years.

Stephen Russell, a prep chef at St. Anthony’s, was there, too. “It’s a good feeling to be part of something that a lot of people will make use of,” he said.

Jill Lonergan, marketing manager at Nibbi Construction, the company constructing the new building, said that when she heard the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir would be performing she decided to come. But then said she would have come anyway to be part of the event.

Sergio Nibbi, whose father started the construction company and whose sons now run it, said that his relationship with St. Anthony’s goes back many years. “When you wanted to make a donation, you made it to them. It was automatic when I was growing up,” he said.  Today, he added, “St. Anthony’s gets a special rate but we get it back many times over in blessings.”

Rochelle Fort, a social worker at the nearby Mercy family housing apartments, said that she was excited about the new building and thought that some of the seniors in her building would want to move there. “There just isn’t enough housing now for seniors” she said.

Robert Harrell (pictured left), who has kept St. Anthony’s guests, visitors and employees safe for nine years as a staff member of Client Safety Services, summed up the day. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Now let the show begin.”

Supermarket Sweep 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012
by Tessa

Last year we blogged about the Supermarket Sweep, a fun holiday tradition spearheaded by Beau and Evan Burbidge that generates considerable donations to St. Anthony’s. Participants in the annual Supermarket Sweep split into teams for some competitive grocery shopping, with the goal of purchasing items that will amount to a specific, randomly assigned total price when rung up, somewhere in the ballpark of $100.  The competition rewards savvy shoppers with mathematical minds, as calculators and smart phones are strictly prohibited.

This year’s Sweep had an amazing turnout and resulted in an exceptional donation of food goods as well as hygiene items for St. Anthony’s programs. The total donation filled up five totes (really, really big cardboard boxes) and was divvied up among St. Anthony’s Dining Room, the Father Alfred Center, the Social Work Center food pantry and Guest Services. “Everybody got a little bit of something” from the donation, said Dining Room Back of House Assistant Manager Dorothy Price, who coordinated the receiving and distribution of the donation. “It was gratifying to see that people had taken it upon themselves to do something of that magnitude for people they don’t know.”

Thanks 2012 Supermarket Sweepers from all of us at St. Anthony’s!

In photo: Participants get ready for the event.

Caleb and Sr. Agnes Welcome our Guests

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
by Fr. Tom

Each day as our guests arrive in our dining room, they are greeted warmly by our volunteer Daughter of Charity, Sr. Agnes. One of the first to arrive is usually a family whose infant son, Caleb, is a favorite of many of our staff and volunteers. Last week Sr. Agnes scooped Caleb out of his stroller as he came in and together they greeted the rest of our guests.  Sr. Agnes received many delighted smiles from our guests that morning, plus a few jealous glances from some staff!

USF Service Learners: Nancy Vital

Friday, November 30th, 2012
by Intern Desk

Nancy Vital is a service-learning student in the Erasmus Program at the University of San Francisco.  Service-learning students spend a semester at St. Anthony’s doing service, learning about social issues and connecting their experience with their course work.

Before I began my work at St. Anthony’s Foundation, I did not know what to expect. Not being from the Bay Area, I had only heard negative comments about the Tenderloin, and had only limited experience in the area myself. Additionally, I did not have any previous experience working or volunteering at a full service foundation such as St. Anthony’s, so I came to this work site with an open mind.

Although I virtually had no expectations at the outset, I was blown away by the values, standards, and complete treatment of everyone who walks through St. Anthony’s doors. I was able to experience working in the technology lab, assisting in computer classes, sorting through items and working in the store in the clothing department, and serving meals in the dining room. Many organizations focus solely on one aspect of assistance to the homeless, such as providing a meal. However, I was most impressed by St. Anthony’s efforts to provide progress towards a person’s overall stability by serving the multiple and varied needs associated with being homeless.

I have been enjoying my work in the Tenderloin Technology Lab, Free Clothing Program, and Dining Room, but it is the little things that make the Foundation exceptional. While working the front table at the Dining Room, St. Anthony’s provides a system where guests can “check” their items, so they do not need to carry them around while enjoying their meal. While I was working at the front, multiple guests told me how thankful they are that the foundation offered a system like this, which enabled them to have a period where they were not lugging their heavy items around. Additionally I was amazed to see that St. Anthony’s also gives birthday bags to guests on their birthdays, and was delighted to see the looks of excited anticipation on the guest’s faces when they told us it was their birthday. These heartfelt human extra efforts help people so much, in addition to the basic food, clothes, tech assistance and other services provided.

USF Service Learners: Adam Ross

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
by Intern Desk

Adam Ross is a service-learning student in the Management & Organizational Dynamics course at the University of San Francisco.  Service-learning students spend a semester at St. Anthony’s doing service, learning about social issues and connecting their experience with their course work.

St. Anthony Foundation (SAF) provides a premier service to individuals of disadvantaged backgrounds in the San Francisco community.  For the past 2 ½ months, I have had the opportunity to help enhance St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program currently located on Mission street.   Through direct service, I have begun to gather a more thorough understanding of not keeping individuals to a single story and making an effort to gain a greater perspective of people around the city.

One of the most interesting experiences I have had while traveling to St. Anthony Foundation came rather unexpected.  It occurred in mid September when traveling on the Muni (31) headed towards SAF.  As the bus approached the stop, I exited along with a young lady and her child.  As I began walking down the street, the lady stopped me and asked for directions to the St. Anthony Foundation. I explained to her that I was headed the same way and I could take her in that direction. As we began to walk, the woman’s child began to produce one of the largest smiles I had ever seen.  When I asked the kid what he was smiling about, he looked at his mom and asked, “is that the place that makes my stomach stop hurting?”  The young woman began to tell me about how she found out about SAF and the individuals that had recommended her there, both past clients and staff, had become closer to her than her family and therefore, she figured she could trust that things were going to be alright for her and her son.