Super Bowl Kicks Off with Smiles at St. Anthony’s

Super Bowl Sunday kicked off with smiles at St. Anthony’s. Thanks to a generous donor, homeless veterans Orrin and Larry—one ex-Army, the other ex-Marines—headed to the big game with full VIP access, riding in style with a car service from the Tenderloin to Levi’s Stadium. This effort was made possible thanks to the generous efforts of our Dining Room volunteer John Fitzgerald, who found our veterans; PrimeSport, who provided VIP passes; David Raih, a coach for the Green Bay Packers; and Chris Raih of Zambezi who brought it all together. Cheers to Orrin and Larry’s super Sunday—let us work to make the rest of the year feel just as special for our underserved and overlooked brothers and...

The Many Ways To Give Hope

St. Anthony’s relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to support the work we do every day.  St. Anthony’s does not receive any federal or state dollars to sustain this work. You can give hope this holiday season by supporting St. Anthony’s help San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents build better futures in a number of ways: Make an annual or monthly recurring gift You can securely and easily make an online gift, either as a one–time annual gift or set up monthly recurring gifts to make an even bigger impact. Donate Now. Donate Stock   Giving long-term, appreciated securities may provide greater benefits to both you and St. Anthony’s. By donating stock directly to St. Anthony’s, you can avoid paying capital gain taxes on the gain in value when the stock or mutual fund is sold. Learn More. Donate a Car St. Anthony’s partners with Vehicles For Charity to auction your vehicle and the proceeds benefit St. Anthony’s.  You get the tax benefit of the sold amount which can often be greater than the maximum amount the IRS allows for an outright charitable donation.  Contact Vehicles for Charity to get started. Matching Gifts  Many employers throughout the Bay Area have matching gift programs to encourage employees to support their favorite charities, either in cash donations or volunteer hours. These programs can double and sometimes even triple your gift to St. Anthony’s.  Your Human Resources department can get you started. Giving Hope When you make a gift to St. Anthony’s, you are extending a helping hand to those who need it most, bringing hot food, clean clothes, medical care, and so much...

Delivering Socks in the City: A Guest Post by Bay Alarm Medical

This winter, we are donating 4,000 pairs of Bombas socks to the ‘Socks in the City’ program at St.Anthony’s Foundation. The non-profit organization is located in the infamous Tenderloin district of San Francisco. They offer hot meals, medical assistance, free clothing, and more.   Many homeless and low-income families seek new socks, however they are rarely donated by people. The St.Anthony’s Foundation has increased their sock drive collection every year and have made a goal to beat 15,000 pairs of socks this year. With every pair of socks purchased from Bombas, they in turn donate a pair to someone in need. Without hesitation we ordered a few thousand socks for our customers and received a few thousand more to donate to a charity of our choice. Although socks seem like such a small clothing item, they are very much needed to keep our feet warm and comfortable, and everyone deserves to have them. Last winter we donated over 3,000 pairs of socks to Meals On Wheels of San Francisco for their ‘Socks for Seniors’ program. We were thrilled with the success of the program and decided to make a tradition out of it. 3 Ways to Help: 1. Start a sock drive of your own. You can host a sock party, start a competition among your friends or coworkers, or even organize a “sock mob”. You can then deliver or ship your awesome collection to St.Anthony’s! 2. Share our story on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. By sharing our story you can help encourage and inspire others to get involved. 3. If you can’t host a sock drive or if you aren’t into the social media...

Suits for Service

When you’re going on a job interview, appearance matters. It matters what suit you’re wearing and it matters how you look so you can make a good impression. However, for Veterans living in San Francisco, especially those who come to St. Anthony’s, that is not a financial reality. 2,700 Veterans in San Francisco live below the poverty line. With so little money to spend on other necessities (such as food, shelter etc.) items like purchasing new clothing for a job interview are simply not a reality. As a way to give back to our Vets who have given so much to this country, we have partnered with public and private organizations to provide 50 Veterans with a brand new suit and haircut so they can walk a little taller and with confidence when applying for housing or a job. All suits are donated from Men’s Warehouse and all stylists will be providing professional haircuts. Although we have already received many donations and contributions for this event, we are still in need of a few crucial items to make this event a smash hit! If you would like to donate, we are in need of the following items: men’s dress socks, men’s ties, and men’s dress shirts. You can drop off your donations to 121 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102 Monday-Sunday from 9am-2pm. Written by Rochelle Reuter, Free Clothing Program Assistant...

Back-to-School Day!

The first day of school is fast approaching and for many families this means a shopping trip to get a new backpack, school supplies and a fresh new set of clothing. However for many families in San Francisco, especially those that visit St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program, these shopping trips are simply not a financial reality. 81 percent of the families that utilize the services at our Free Clothing Program live at or below the federal poverty line, and the average monthly income for families that utilize these services is $1,441.20. When a family has to pay for rent, medical costs, food, and other bills, it doesn’t leave much behind in the budget to spend on getting the essentials for school. Therefore, we see a lot of families using our Free Clothing Program during this time of year. On Friday, August 7th, we will be hosting the 4th annual Back to School event. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners Dolby and McKesson along with nonprofit organizations My New Red Shoes, Warm Winters and Read Indeed, our Free Clothing Program will be able to provide 200 children with a new backpack filled with school supplies and books, a personalized pair of shoes, a $50 gift card to Old Navy, and new sets of clothing to get them prepared and ready for the first day of school and beyond! St. Anthony’s is committed to making sure that even our smallest guests have the essentials that they need in order to be able to progress towards realizing their hopes and dreams. A quality education provides a pathway for students to realize their maximum potential and achieve stability....

Bay Area Broadcaster and St. Anthony’s Supporter Lon Simmons Passes at 91

Those who’ve read all the kind and great things said about Lon Simmons, the former broadcaster for the ‪Giants, A’s, and 49ers will not be surprised to know that his compassion and goodness was expressed each month through a generous donation to support the work of St. Anthony’s. Lon took care of all of us who couldn’t get to the game and listened over the airwaves. For decades and right up to the present, he made sure that the poorest among us also listened to the game after having shared a nutritious meal in our Dining Room. Read more about the life of Lon in SFGate....
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