Priya, a dedicated volunteer in our Dining Room, is also a professional economist. When she arrived in the US in the spring of 2014 she was shocked by the poverty and inequity she witnessed in San Francisco: “You can’t NOT see it!” Within two months of her arrival, Priya began volunteering at St. Anthony’s. In addition to the Dining Room, she’s also volunteered in our Free Clothing Program, at our annual Curbside Donation Drives, and most recently—in our Emergency Winter Shelter.
Indeed, how can anyone not see how people are struggling to survive? Nevertheless, a painfully obvious poverty is too often ignored or viewed as an eyesore to be swept away. Priya has a website dedicated to revealing “the Hidden America”, but “there’s only so much one can do by reading and writing. You need to get out and meet people.” And therein lies the hope. read more…
The El Niño rain that’s coming down now has been forecast to stay for weeks to come. This means our neighbors living in poverty need our help now more than ever. That’s why we’ve decided to keep our Emergency Winter Shelter open through March 31. The shelter will be open from 6pm-6am and have 60 shelter beds each night, along with hot dinner, scarves, socks, hygiene kits, and breakfast.
We need your help to provide a safe place for our guests for the rest of winter:
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 proviced nutritious meals, medical care, free clothing, job training, and more to people and families.
On December 3, we were honored to welcome the Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, to St. Anthony’s. Mayor Lee wanted to announce a new initiative from his office to deal with the problem of homelessness in the city.
As I told the group gathered when welcoming them, those of us who work daily with people who are homeless know that the greatest burden of their predicament is the isolation and exclusion they experience. So we were thankful that the Mayor was coming to the Tenderloin to make his announcement. Those of us who are committed to addressing this persistent issue also know that we should not see “the homeless” as the problem. Those who are homeless are our brothers and sisters. The problem is our problem as a community—a community with incalculable resources but one that cannot structure our economy, align our resources or redistribute our wealth in ways to benefit all.
St. Anthony Medical Clinic is dedicated to fighting diabetes through education and prevention to build a healthier community for our patients.
This year’s Diabetes Day brought together a fantastic group of local organizations to educate patients about community resources available for them to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Patients received diabetes symptom screenings, free flu shots, fitness and cooking demonstrations, raffles, a kids zone, and much more.
Thank you to Eat SF, Fitness SF Fillmore, Project Open Hand, Walgreens, CareMessage, Active Sports, Healing Well, Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA, Project Homeless Connect SF, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation People’s Garden, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and all the volunteers who joined us to fight diabetes together right here in the Tenderloin.