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

Larry & OrrinSuper 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 sisters.

The Many Ways To Give Hope

Pepe with Gust Give Hope Ad twSt. 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 more to San Franciscans living in poverty.  Your gift also gives something that can’t be measured in dollars, but is just as invaluable: the gift of hope.

Suits for Service

Veteran 2When 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 Manager

Back-to-School Day!

Back-to-school 2The 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. read more…

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

Lon SimmonsThose 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.