Thanksgiving Curbside Drive: November 19-24

Together with volunteers, guests, staff, and community members, we kicked off the holiday season by helping San Franciscans in need, through our annual Thanksgiving Curbside Drive. With generous support from the community, we collected 1,283 turkeys, 105 hams, 1,090 bags of groceries, 556 bags of clothes and toiletries, and 2,239 pairs of socks. All of the donations support our Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, and Social Work Center.   Thanksgiving Curbside was generously supported by Wells Fargo. Thank you from all of us at St....

Join St. Anthony’s Young Professionals Council

Living in San Francisco, poverty is something we see first-hand on a daily basis. At the cross-section of the city’s bustling financial (FiDi), commercial (Downtown), government (Civic Center), and tech (upper SOMA, mid-Market) neighborhoods is San Francisco’s poorest neighborhood, the Tenderloin. Witnessing our own neighbors unsure of where their next meal will come from, lacking access to clean bathrooms, or living in tents on the street is heartbreaking and eye-opening, and we invite you to take action with us. SAYPC is a group of creative and passionate 20- and 30-somethings from diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time and skill sets to extend the mission of St. Anthony’s by changing the conversation around poverty and engaging a new generation of Bay Area residents on how they can have a direct positive impact on homeless & low-income San Franciscans. In a little over a year, we’ve built from the ground-up a self-governing council that has produced initiatives like: -A series of social, educational and fundraising events -A robust content strategy that leverages the voice of a new generation -A deep connection with St. Anthony’s advocacy efforts -Creative volunteer programs -And more—we’re excited to hear your ideas.    We’re looking for people to help us propel these efforts to the San Francisco mainstream, making SAYPC a voice for homelessness and poverty and the de facto resource for Bay Area residents seeking information and opportunities to engage. Writers, designers, developers, tinkerers, public servants—everyone has a unique background and skill set that will add tremendous value to our group. If you’re passionate about your local community and are craving more involvement, join us: We’re tackling...

Back(pack) to the Future

Shoutout to our Young Professionals Council for bringing 25 volunteers together to help us prepare for our best #BackToSchool Day ever. The group helped transform our Community Room into a special shopping experience for nearly 200 low-income students who will join us tomorrow to pick out brand new backpacks, school supplies, books, tops, bottoms, coats, socks, shoes, underwear, and $50 Old Navy gift cards. We hope every child leaves here feeling like their future’s so bright, they’ve gotta wear shades. Check out photos from the event here. For info or to get involved with our YPC, email...

Bridging the Digital Divide for St. Anthony’s Guests

Homeless and low-income residents of one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods will be able to access free, public Wi-Fi when St. Anthony’s new Wi-Fi service ‘switches on’ this week. The divide in access to wireless internet is seen starkly in über-connected San Francisco: The Market St. corridor is blanketed with public and private wi-fi options, but not too far away, the Tenderloin is an island of digital isolation in an increasingly connected world. The new service—backed by Craigslist founder and philanthropist Craig Newmark—will allow the thousands of guests visiting St. Anthony’s each day to log in from any St. Anthony’s building. Without internet access it’s harder to find work, get medical care, and stay in touch with family and friends who may be a crucial source of support. We know that connecting our neighbors to these resources helps lift them out of poverty and onto paths toward stability. Thank you to Craig Newmark and the many other donors who made this...

“The Great Activity of Our Life is to Love.”

Yesterday marked what would have been the 113th birthday of our founder, Fr. Alfred Boeddeker. Fr. Al taught us that “the great activity of our life is to love,” so our chefs poured their hearts into an extra special meal to honor his memory: 2,600 orders of grilled steak, salad, and garlic fries for our guests. Get a glimpse of the man who started “The Miracle of Jones Street” in this 1954 documentary...