“With Struggle Comes Strength.”

September 1 marked the graduation of Andre, Jeffrey, Derek, Robert, and Robert from our Fr. Alfred Center addiction recovery program. This month’s ceremony was filled to capacity with family, friends, and staff who gathered to show support and congratulate the men. Fr. Alfred Center holds graduation celebrations to acknowledge men who’ve completed the addiction recovery program. Our program is favored among men seeking recovery because it provides a variety of resources including, but not limited to: a safe place to live, job training resources, and a tight-knit community of men in recovery, alumni, and counselors. Adding to that, the requirements to join are minimal and the program is free, making it ideal for low-income and homeless individuals. The year-long program is work-structured and divided into multiple phases to ensure men have access to all of the resources they need to achieve healthy lifestyles. In the first part of the program, men work in our Dining Room to get back into the groove of working a regular job. In the next phase, the men visit our Tenderloin Technology Lab to learn computer skills, build their resumes, and gain job-training advice. Residents also have access to counselors, many of whom are recovering addicts themselves, as well as support groups consisting of graduates of the program. Investing a full year into their recovery helps our graduates find long-term paths to stability. Even though many of this month’s graduates have had tough life experiences, they’ve successfully persevered to the finish line of full recovery. As one of our graduates said, “With struggle comes strength.” Congratulations, September graduates – you did...

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...

Back to School Day 2016

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 the San Francisco community, especially those that visit St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program, these shopping trips are simply not a financial reality. According to data from 2014, 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 Wednesday, August 10 we will be hosting our 5th annual Back to School event. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partner, Dolby, along with Chronicle Books and Gap Inc., our Free Clothing Program will be able to provide 200 children with a new backpack filled with school supplies and books as well as new sets of clothing to get them prepared and ready for the first day of school. In addition, a personalized pair of shoes and a $50 gift card to Old Navy, courtesy of My New Red Shoes, will be included! Volunteer groups from Gap, Dolby, Silicon Valley Bank, and Zendesk will be on hand to help make this our best Back to School Day ever. St. Anthony’s is committed to making sure...

42 Million Meals Served Since 1950

Today marks a major milestone for St. Anthony’s: 42 million meals served with dignity & respect in our Dining Room. We like to say that the measure of a great city is how it treats its most vulnerable residents. Thank you, San Francisco, for supporting us through 65 years of ‪hope served daily. “St. Anthony’s makes me feel like someone loves me. That someone cares. Out here that’s very hard to find. It’s a family—and I always come home to family.” Check out ABC 7’s coverage...

Salesforce Helps our Guests Dress for Success

Say you have a job interview, but no clothing that is suitable.  What can you do?  You might visit St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program. There you would find shirts, pants, suits, jackets and all the things you need to look sharp for that big interview. All donations at St. Anthony’s are carefully quality-checked to ensure that the garments you receive will make you look and feel your best. But what if your only dress shirt had a spot on the arm and you had no choice but to wear it? You might try to cover the spot up with a jacket, or hold an arm in front of it and hope the interviewer wouldn’t notice. Would you feel somehow less confident, less on par with the other applicants? Would thinking about hiding that spot prevent you from selling yourself—from being self-confident? Twice a month, new employees from Salesforce come to volunteer at our clothing program and they are asked this very question. Having just gone through the interview process, they all agree that having clothing that it is somehow “less than” other candidates would hamper their ability to interview successfully. Salesforce volunteers work tirelessly in our Free Clothing Program sorting and organizing donations. We depend on their hard work and team spirit to provide quality clothing to our guests. We were delighted to receive 5 large boxes of nearly 500 crisp new dress shirts, along with stylish work bags. A huge thank you to Salesforce volunteers who understand the power a new white shirt has to change...