Here to help our community

Br. Thomas, who volunteers weekly at St. Anthony’s, spoke to us about how volunteering at St. Anthony’s has changed his relationship to people who are homeless. “Being a friar makes it really easy to have one’s own world and to live in that world. Volunteering forces me to step out of that bubble. Homelessness is no longer just a word or a concept when I come here, rather it has a face and a name and it is someone that I know—and that roots me into the larger picture. That is part of my larger take away from volunteering here—“I am here to help the homeless”, has become “I am here to help Antonio”, it is about real people, and that is grounding.” “It’s comforting to know that you can walk away from St. Anthony’s and trust that these people will be getting a meal. It’s a huge burden...

Giveaway with Giants’ Wives

In July, a group of San Francisco Giants’ Wives and their families visited our Free Clothing Program to give out 50 Project Night Night gift bags and volunteer with our youngest guests. Our giveaway was truly one for the books—the Giants’ Wives came with loving smiles, open arms, and a bounty of basic nighttime essentials. “What stood out the most was the experience of receiving such thoughtful gifts from such influential people in our community. Our guests wanted to get their pictures taken with the Giants’ Wives, they wanted to talk with them, share photos of their family, and connect beyond the donations,” said Jenna Fiore, Free Clothing Program Assistant Manager. The Giants’ Wives were overjoyed with the opportunity to help our community members in need and to provide them with items that they can put to good use. Giant’s wife Amanda said, “I feel it’s important to give back to the community. We have been very blessed and it’s important to pay it forward. It’s a small thing, but I hope it puts a smile on the faces of the children.” Our Free Clothing Program serves 150 children, women, and men per day, providing fresh, clean clothing at no cost. If you’d like to learn more about this program, watch a short clip or sign up for a volunteer...

Food Donation Partnership Program with SFO

St. Anthony’s is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with SFO (San Francisco International Airport) for a new food donation program, “SFO Unites Against Hunger.” This program works with a web-based organization, Waste No Food, which connects airport vendors with excess food to local nonprofits who can put it to good use. “St. Anthony’s serves more than 800,000 meals each year to homeless and low income San Franciscans and we can only do that with the support of community partners like SFO and their wonderful team of airport tenants who do such a great job of serving passengers and staff,” said our Corporate Relations Manager, Dolores Gould. In the first week, we received approximately 250 meals from this program, which benefited homeless and low-income women, children, and men. Our guests are very grateful for the support from our partners at SFO and Waste No Food. If you’d like to get involved with St. Anthony’s and serve hope to San Franciscans in need, why not volunteer with...

A new beginning

Leah and Kimberly clearly remember the first time they came to St. Anthony’s Dining Room. It was October 2011 and they needed something to eat. “People kept telling us to ‘go to St. Anthony’s’,” Kimberly says, “but no one would tell us how to find it.” “A lady from a shelter printed out the directions on how to get here and we’ve been coming ever since.” The ladies met on the streets, having both experienced traumatic family breakdowns, and have supported each other ever since. They describe each other as ‘sisters’, are firm friends, and have been a cheerful and very recognizable fixture of St. Anthony’s since they arrived. “Here we can come and relax,” says Leah. “The stress just washes away and we don’t have to worry about anything or deal with the craziness.” The Dining Room is not the only place that has been a help over the years. Kimberly obtained fresh sets of clothes from St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program after hers were stolen at a shelter. The food pantry has provided food to take away and, Leah remembers, “social workers helped us get our birth certificates.” This is the type of help St. Anthony’s social workers are used to providing. Something as simple as obtaining a birth certificate can be extremely difficult for homeless or marginally-housed guests. But, without them, it can be impossible to access other public services. After five grueling years – in which they have faced significant hardship – Leah and Kimberly have found housing in the Central Valley and are about to take the bus to their new home. They talk excitedly about...

Going big for Back to School

This year’s Back to School event has gone BIG—doubling the days of service and the number of children served. During our two day event, 400 children will receive a new backpack, set of clothes, and school supplies to get them ready for the first day of school. We will also be providing haircuts, writing activities, crafts, and a photo booth. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see live coverage the day of. Huge thank you to our partners Dolby, Gap, Inc., Chronicle Books, and Warm Winters for supporting our youngest guests for this...