COVID-19 Response and Modified Services
St. Anthony’s is committed to serving and supporting our guests every day. Due to the risk of COVID-19 contagion in San Francisco, we have implemented some changes to the operations of our Programs in order to minimize exposure.
Protecting our guests, volunteers, partners, and staff from adverse health impacts is our first priority.
We will continue to provide essential services to vulnerable populations in San Francisco, but in a modified format in order to proactively prevent the spread of the virus while still feeding, clothing, sheltering, and caring for those who need it the most.
St. Anthony’s is taking precautions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. All volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, and all of our volunteer shifts allow for social distancing. Please see our shift calendar for current opportunities.
Please note that Golden Gate Avenue between Leavenworth and Jones is closed, except for scheduled drop-offs, between 6am and 3pm.
Additional hand washing and hand sanitizing stations have been placed outside of the Dining Room’s Golden Gate Avenue entrance and along Golden Gate Avenue.
There is a refillable water station in front of the 150 Golden Gate entrance.
- Dining Room
Meals are now served curbside, distributed from the Dining Room entrance on Golden Gate Avenue. Meals continue to be prepared fresh daily and are packaged in to-go containers for guests. No in-person donations of food will be accepted due to the shelter-in-place Public Health Order.
- Free Clothing Program No walk-in services, however, hygiene kits and emergency shoes and clothing for guests with an immediate need are still provided curbside on Golden Gate Avenue. Donations of new and gently-used clothing are accepted by special, socially-distanced appointments made in advance. For a list of essential needs and to sign up to schedule an appointment to drop off your donations, click here.
- Resource Center/Social Work Center
All appointments and support are provided via phone or in the curbside pop-up Resource Center tent on Golden Gate Avenue.
- Medical Clinic
All guests in need of emergency medical care please contact our Medical Clinic to make an appointment at (415) 241-8320. No walk-ins without an appointment can be treated by Medical Clinic staff at this time.
- Tenderloin Tech Lab
The Tenderloin Technology Lab is offering curbside service and indoors computer access with a limited capacity. Services include secure charging of guest devices as well as access to laptops and desktop computers for things like checking email, reading the news, and applying for services. Services are offered Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12:45 pm. For more information or to access services please use ext. 766 or visit the Tech Lab tent outside of 133 Golden Gate Avenue during service hours
- Father Alfred Center All services continue at the Father Alfred Center for addiction recovery as usual. Staff is trained to screen residents daily with temperature tools and follow protocol for any ill residents that need medical attention.
- Workforce Development
The Workforce Development Team continues to operate as usual until further notice. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to follow the guidance of local and national public health authorities. While we are adjusting the way we operate our programs, our staff will continue to provide essential services to our community as outlined above. St. Anthony’s will provide updates should further changes to our operations become necessary.
- Winter Shelter
St. Anthony’s Winter Shelter exit date was extended into April, 2020, and then closed in accordance with public health guidance. There is a significant risk of potential transmission of COVID-19 in shelters due to shared use of restrooms and limited ability to social distance. Further, continuing the Winter Shelter exacerbated the possibility of transmission to staff who engage in food prep in the Winter Shelter space during the day. On April 9th, 2020, St. Anthony’s rented hotel rooms for 30 days so the Winter Shelter guests aged 50 years and older can shelter-in place, and provided tents and sleeping bags to the remaining guests. St. Anthony’s continues to advocate for the City of San Francisco to secure hotel rooms for every person experiencing homelessness.
- Client Safety Services
The Client Safety Services team is providing support to St. Anthony’s Programs outside the 121 and 150 Golden Gate Avenue buildings (including lunch distribution and neighborhood trash clean-up). They will also continue to provide services as usual at external sites under contract.
For additional resources, including COVID-19 testing site locations, click here.