KTVU Fox 2 visits our ‘back-to-school day’ event

Each year, St. Anthony’s organizes a back-to-school event for low income families in our community. To make sure that kids get to start the new school year with confidence, they receive new backpacks filled with supplies, new shoes, clothes, coats and books. This year, in response to demand, the event ran over two days instead of the usual one day and we were able to help 400 children! We can only do this thanks to the support of our donors, volunteers and community partners. Watch KTVU’s Rob Roth learn more about the...

Agosto 16: Miles de niños de familias de bajos recursos de SF asisten al evento del regreso escolar

Las familias del Tenderloin y la organización St. Anthony’s unen sus fuerzas en un evento alentador. Miles de niños de Kinder K-5 procedentes del Tenderloin de San Francisco se reunirán una vez más durante un espectacular y productivo día:  el miércoles 16 de agosto en St. Anthony’s para recibir ropa, zapatos, mochilas, libros y útiles escolares para este regreso a clases. Muchos de los participantes hablan español como su primer idioma. Estamos confiados que este colorido evento fijado en el calendario con las familias del barrio y sus niños emocionados por el regreso a clases  será todo un suceso  para empezar el año escolar. Habrá globos, pintura de caras, muchísima alegría  e increíbles historias para compartir a través del día. Aviso para la asignación de mesas: El evento del regreso a clases será desde la 1:00 PM hasta las 7:15 PM. La ubicación donde se realizará el evento será en 150 Golden Gate Ave (enfrente de la calle donde se encuentra nuestro comedor). El evento es patrocinado por el equipo de voluntarios de  St. Anthony’s y los laboratorios Dolby Inc. St. Anthony’s fue fundado en 1950. Provee una variedad de servicios como comidas, ropa, servicios médicos, trabajo social, recuperación de adicciones y capacitación de tecnología para las personas de San Francisco  que viven en las calles o de bajos recursos. Para más información por favor contacte Anthony Singer at 415-278-1843 or Annabel Maw at...

St. Anthony’s Talks Corporate Partnership with Portfolio Magazine

This month, St. Anthony’s spoke with Emirates Airlines magazine Portfolio about how the tech industry has become an integral part of nonprofits work to address homelessness and poverty in San Francisco. Two of our partners – Zendesk and Optimizely – also speak out on how important helping our guests is to them. Take a look and let us know what you think at community@stanthonysf.org or @stanthonysf. The article starts on page...

Memorial Day Remembrance

This Memorial Day, we remember all those who served and died for the United States. Since the 1950s (and, in particular, the end of the Korean War in 1953) St. Anthony’s has been a place of refuge for our veterans. It has also been a place for veterans to come and continue to serve the community. Listen to Navy vet Joe Boeddeker, nephew of St. Anthony’s founder Fr. Alfred Boeddeker, talk about what service means to...

Supporting our neighbors in the throes of addiction

  By Barry Stenger, Executive Director of St. Anthony’s For seven decades, guided by the teachings and example of this city’s patron, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony Foundation has served those who are poor and homeless in San Francisco. When Francis walked among the poor and the marginalized of 13th century Italy, he did not see problems to be solved, nor morally depraved individuals to be avoided—he saw brothers and sisters who revealed to him God’s abundant love. Francis pinpointed his conversion to that moment when he was able to climb down off of his horse and embrace the moral outcasts of his day: those suffering from leprosy. Medieval society believed leprosy was caused by moral failure. Today, with the help of medicine, we know that leprosy is caused by Hansen’s disease—a sickness, not a sin. Every day, on the sidewalks of the Tenderloin and in the alleys and bathrooms of our programs, our sisters and brothers struggling with addiction inject drugs, openly and in public. What other options have they but to use the curbside, the doorway or the park bench? When we consider their plight not as the wages of sin but as the ravages of the disease of addiction, we must ask the Franciscan question: how do we embrace the moral outcasts of our day? When Fr. Alfred, our founder, opened the Dining Room in 1950, he was just as concerned about sharing a meal in a way that respected the inherent dignity of those who were hungry as he was about meeting basic nutritional needs. He used to insist: “It’s not a soup kitchen,...