I had the honor of joining Mayor Ed Lee at a press conference this morning where he introduced the Season of Giving. St. Anthony’s, Glide and Self-Help for the Elderly were invited to speak at this event, where Mayor Lee encouraged everyone to “Step Up” and give. These are difficult times and at St. Anthony’s we see increasing numbers of people seeking services from all of our programs. The dining room alone saw a 15% jump in the number of guests in October. Despite the many challenges people of San Francisco are facing, I also see hope on a daily basis.
St. Anthony’s, Mayor Lee, and many other social service agencies know that San Francisco has long had a commitment to care for those who are struggling. When you make a financial donation or you volunteer with your time, you instill hope in our guests. Next week, Mayor Lee will be volunteering at St. Anthony’s alongside Police Chief Greg Suhr, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, and members of the SFPD and SFFD to help prepare our Thanksgiving meal. Now more than ever, we need to believe in one another and give the gift of hope. The Season of Giving is a time to share and come together. It is a season that truly never ends especially in a city as generous and caring as San Francisco.