Recovery Program – Fr. Alfred Center

Many homeless people suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, to further complicate those problems, many who have also been diagnosed with mental illness. In the absence of shelter, family, or even sufficient food, this 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 build clean, sober, and stable futures.

Job Training Program

The Fr. Alfred Center’s year-long 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 the speedy assessment and resolution of clients’ medical, legal, vocational and educational needs, most or all of which have been affected profoundly by their cycles of poverty and addiction.

During the first six months men in the program prepare the meal and volunteer in St. Anthony’s Dining Room, critical to its daily operation, as well as immediately rebuilding their positive self-esteem and work habits. St. Anthony’s Tenderloin Tech Lab ensures men are 100% work ready within the first six months of the program with intensive computer classes, job search counseling and life skills tutoring. Through community partnerships men are employed in short and long-term positions, and upon completion of the program almost all graduates have stable employment and housing.

Alumni participation and the aftercare component of Fr. Alfred Center are supports that 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.

Intake Location

121 Golden Gate Ave, 2nd floor
(415) 592-2831


Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 10:00 am


serves 2,400 hot, nutritious meals
provides care to 130 patients
provides digital justice through computer access and education for 105 guests
Free clothing Program, Addiction recovery, Social work, Job training