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St. Anthony Foundation Launches Transitional Employment Program to the Public


Media Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
(415) 254-5884 | SHaims@stanthonysf.org

Career experts will work with guests to be temporary placed in transitional positions within the foundation

St. Anthony’s Career Planner Ian Sicurella leading a class

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 9, 2023) – St. Anthony Foundation, committed to providing pathways to stability and renewal for thousands of San Franciscans in need annually, unveiled its Transitional Employment Program, opening up career opportunities to people experiencing homelessness and poverty throughout the Tenderloin community and the city of San Francisco.

Recognized under Workforce Development, the Transitional Employment Program was originally developed for residents and graduates of the Father Alfred Center, a year-long recovery program for men overcoming alcohol and drug addiction that offers peer-to-peer support, medical and mental health care, temporary housing and job training.

Now available to the general public, St. Anthony Foundation career planners on staff will be available to provide the same expertise that Father Alfred Center graduates receive through an application and interviewing process. Once accepted, participants will have access to services including resume advice, identifying personal strengths and closely matching related industries, interview coaching and temporary job placement within the foundation or partner companies and organizations.

“Employment is a pathway to a stable life,” said Nils Behnke, CEO of St. Anthony Foundation. “With the launch of the Transitional Employment Program, we will be able to uplift more people in need throughout the community and set people up for successful, flourishing careers. In turn, that will help the overall economy.”

Currently, members of the community that are interested in the Transitional Employment Program can apply on the St. Anthony’s career page on the foundation’s website. As part of the application process, participants will take part in an interview and skills assessment evaluation to identify possible positional fits with the current roles available, as well as long-term success.

Within St. Anthony’s itself, there are a variety of roles available across several different departments, including the Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, Community Safety Services team, Development, Data and Technology, and Operations.

“We strive for every member of society to be empowered with dignity and that includes through meaningful work, including people seeking a stable life from addiction, homelessness, and incarceration,” said Behnke.

Melissa Hersh, Director of Workforce Development & Transitional Employment, speaking to a group of students

For more information about the Transitional Employment Program, and to apply, visit the St. Anthony’s website HERE. To fill out an Interest Form, click the link HERE.

About St. Anthony Foundation

In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal.

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