“You’re not going in there just to get clean, you’re going in there to change your life.”

Father Alfred Center: Recovery Center COVID-19 Update: In light of confirmed cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 (coronavirus) in San Francisco, St. Anthony’s is adapting the way we make our services available to the community. All services will continue at the Father Alfred Center for addiction recovery as usual, however, staff will screen residents and visitors daily with temperature tools and follow protocols recommended by SFDPH and CDC for any ill residents that need medical attention.

Many people experiencing homelessness suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Further complicating those problems, many also deal with co-occurring mental health issues. In the absence of shelter, food, and the support of family or friends, these factors can easily create a cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness. St. Anthony’s Father (Fr.) Alfred Center breaks this cycle by providing a residential recovery program to homeless men who are ready to create sober and stable lives for themselves.

First Phase

The Fr. Alfred Center’s year-long, abstinence-based, work-structured program empowers men with no income or resources with the tools to overcome addiction and the support to establish productive and healthy lives. The holistic treatment offered through St. Anthony’s multiple services is rare in the field of recovery, and allows for immediate assessment and thoughtful resolution of clients’ medical, legal, vocational and educational needs, most or all of which have been affected profoundly by the cycles of poverty and addiction.

Next Phase

Men who have completed their six-month work experience partner with our Workforce Development team to reach individualized employment goals, some men return to a previously-held position, while others may venture into new lines of work.

More Than a Job

The Workforce Development team supports the employment resiliency of job seekers, not just getting the next job: men in the program develop strengths and gain skills through an intensive orientation, including Food Handler certification, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions, vocational and personal goal-setting, and strengths-based approaches to mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion.  Through active job search and community partnerships, men gain employment in short- and long-term positions and upon completion of the program, almost all graduates have stable employment and housing.

After Graduation

Alumni participation and the aftercare component of Fr. Alfred Center help ensure long-term success of graduates. Regular activities engaging graduates and current participants serve as powerful, living reminders to men in the program that long-term recovery is real and attainable.

Qualifications for entry into the Fr. Alfred Recovery Program: male, homeless, no source of income, and a history of substance addiction.


Intake Hours
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Telephone: (415) 592-2831
After hours: (415) 592-2880

Participants in the Fr. Alfred Center addiction recovery program, you’ll have access to the following:

  • Medical and behavioral health treatment
  • Counseling and spiritual services
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Technology access
  • Job training

In addition, participants in the Fr. Alfred Center are enrolled in our work experience program, which is an essential part of the treatment process and is required for continuance.


121 Golden Gate Ave (directions)

Father Alfred Recovery Center Intake Location: 121 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco