St. Anthony’s Period Product Drive

    All women deserve access to basic menstrual hygiene products, period. Yet many women in our community cannot afford these critical items. You can help change that. Take action and help us reach our goal!    • Shop: Pick-up an extra pack next time you’re at the store for someone in need.    • Order: Buy products and ship directly to St. Anthony’s. Check out our Amazon Wish List.    • Host a Drive: Engage your community to collect products or raise money for the effort. Give It Drop-off or mail donations:          ATTN: The Period Project          St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program          121 Golden Gate Ave          San Francisco, CA 94102 Share It Spread the word! Involve others through social media with photos of your community and the donations you collected. Use our hashtags to join the conversation! #ThePeriodProject #InternationalWomensDay #HopeServedDaily For more information, contact jfiore@stanthonysf.org or...

Compassion, dignity, and respect ❤

During the Northern California wildfires, St. Anthony’s opened a temporary overnight refuge to help shelter our homeless neighbors from poor air quality. There were many emotions expressed by guests, volunteers, and staff as we watched our community go through great deals of hardship. One of our staff, Madeira, touched on her experience working at St. Anthony’s in this state of emergency. “I just passed my year anniversary of working at St. Anthony’s. I’ve had highs and lows but today I was truly reminded as to why I chose to work here. As the wildfires have continued to spread, and the smoke has continued to build up in the city, our guests are struggling at an all-time high. The air quality is worsening and most of our guests—quite literally—cannot escape it. Because of this, we have opened our doors an hour before our meal service starts so our guests don’t have to wait outside but can come in to the Dining Room where there is clean, filtered air. Schools are now closing for the safety and health of their students in Northern California. This is affecting St. Anthony’s seeing as now we no longer have large groups of students coming with their schools to volunteer in our Dining Room (when on average we need between 50-60 volunteers). Our volunteer numbers are at an all-time low and we are doing everything we can in order to run our Dining Room Service each and every day. Even though all of this has been happening, the thing that amazes me most is that our team of volunteers and staff, working together, is willing...

A Difference In 30 Days: Our Shelter

Our winter shelter isn’t just a place of refuge in adverse weather conditions, it’s also an opportunity to move towards greater stability. In the first 30 days our shelter was open, 259 people stayed with us overnight who otherwise would have been out on the streets. Our shelter is designed to increase stability for those we serve as we have on-site social workers, medical clinic staff, clean clothing, hot meals, and availability to showers via our partnership with Lava Mae. With these added services, we’ve seen our guests take first steps towards stability. Check out the statistics we’ve gathered and learn about how our shelter is helping homeless San Franciscans reach stability. Our shelter statistics in the first 30 days: 1/3 have had difficulty getting enough food 1/3 have been to the emergency room in the last three months 1/4 have been homeless for 3 or more years 1/5 are seniors Since staying at the shelter: 82% of shelter guests reported using our dining room 21 guests have engaged with a Social Worker in the shelter 28 guests have newly enrolled in other St. Anthony’s programs Help us help others by ensuring that they have a place to stay until the rain is over. Through your generosity, people will have a warm, safe place to stay. Please consider a gift today for this...

Stability, Support, and Shelter

Carlos has been coming to our winter shelter for one month now—he has been homeless for two years. What does he think of St. Anthony’s facility? “It’s clean. People are respectful. The staff is respectful…I’m very grateful for this place being here—especially when it’s raining,” said Carlos. As winter swings into high gear and San Francisco endures severe rain and wind, homeless men and women have very few choices for refuge. City shelters are oversubscribed and there are simply not enough spaces to go around. Our shelter provides a safety net, without which our guests would be left to fend for themselves. It promises hope and fosters community spirit—housing 60 guests per night and supplying basic necessities like hot meals, clean clothing, personal care supplies, and access to medical and social work services. We work hard to create a calm, welcoming atmosphere at the shelter. “Everybody knows everybody and they know their space,” says Carlos. “You’ve got to treat people the way you expect to be treated. You’ve got to give respect to get it,” he adds. Our shelter provides vital additional support to our most vulnerable neighbors. St. Anthony’s receives no public funds for our work feeding, clothing, and sheltering the needy. We rely entirely on our wonderful team of donors and volunteers to make it...

A Journey to Sobriety and Stability

Meet Michael C—a man in recovery after a longtime addiction to drugs. His story: My first experience with St. Anthony’s was when I was homeless. I would come here and eat. I was like a ghost. I was embarrassed I was getting food given to me. I’ve been with the Fr. Alfred Center for 13 months. Living in the program gives you time out in your life where you can really focus on things you need to work on. My use of meth and my ability to lie to myself allowed me to break into offices to steal  whatever I could find to support my habit. I finally got caught and I was scared. I was given the opportunity to go through drug court. They take all of your charges and they’ll excuse them. The financial aspect of it, they’ll get rid of it for you. I went through the Father Alfred Program because I was homeless and I needed a place to live. They offered me a live/work environment. The first phase is about 60 days long. You are really getting used to sleeping again, eating regular meals and having a place to call your own. When you start going through that process, you start remembering things, and you start having to deal with the things you’ve done in your past. I worked through the detritus of my life, all of the people I’ve had in my life that I’d hurt, and all the bad things I’d done. I started working more closely with individuals, my peers as well as my counselors, and really listening to the message that...

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...