St. Anthony’ Foundation, TNDC and GLIDE to host block parties in the Tenderloin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
SHaims@stanthonysf.org | (415) 254-5884
Celebrate Phoenix Day: Games, Giveaways and Information about Services
Sunday, October 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (October 13, 2022) St. Anthony Foundation will join forces with TNDC and Glide to host Phoenix Day, a fun afternoon for the whole family featuring carnival games, houseplants, giveaways, music, rock climbing, food vendors, free books and more.
“It’s always inspiring to connect with our Tenderloin neighbors and nearby organizations committed to uplifting the community. Phoenix Day is a great opportunity to reach more people in need and to share about our services such as the Medical Clinic as well as St. Clare’s Care offering safe sleep and the Hygiene Hub, where guests can enjoy free showers and laundry facilities,” said Nils Behnke, CEO, St. Anthony’s.
WHAT: Phoenix Day: One City. One Day. Rising Together — Join St. Anthony’s, TNDC and GLIDE at three different block parties in the heart of the Tenderloin. A celebration of San Francisco’s resilience, beauty, and remarkable spirit of community.
- The 100 Block of Golden Gate Avenue (between Leavenworth and Jones) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: carnival games, free books, bike repair, fun activities for kids, houseplant giveaways, and more
- The 200 Block of Golden Gate Avenue (between Hyde and Leavenworth) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Live music, health services, recovery programs, senior services, flea market, food vendors, voter outreach, and more
- The 300 Block of Ellis (between Jones and Taylor): 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Rock climbing, circus tricks, ensemble performance, voter registration, social services, and more
WHO: Tenderloin organizations reclaim car-congested streets for community health, transforming them into car-free spaces for all to enjoy. Fun, free activities provided by local nonprofits, community groups and small businesses for individuals, families and children.
WHEN: Sunday, October 16, 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Tenderloin: 100 & 200 Blocks of Golden Gate Avenue and 300 Block of Ellis
MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Haims, 415-254-5884
Photo Ops & Interviews:
- Interview Opportunities
- Nils Behnke, CEO, St. Anthony’s
- Tenderloin nonprofit leaders, families, and children, as willing
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.
One City. One Day. Rising Together. From neighbor-hosted block parties and Family Fun Hubs to sidewalk sales and community clean-ups — there’s a way for every San Franciscan and visitor to support the people and places they love by enjoying activities taking place across the City for the Second Annual Sunday Streets Phoenix Day.
About Golden Gate Greenway
Home to 30,000 residents, including an estimated 3,500 children, the Tenderloin is one of the most diverse, culturally rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. It is also one of the densest, with heavy traffic congestion and little in the way of green, open space. We want to change that.
The pandemic forced social service organizations like St. Anthony’s to move operations out onto the street. We were able to do so with a temporary block closure on Golden Gate Avenue, between Leavenworth and Jones. Turning crisis into opportunity, we’ve used the space to serve the community even more effectively than before, hosting neighborhood events such as outdoor voter registration, COVID-19 pop-up testing, and Play Streets for children. Our time outside has also allowed us to imagine what the block could be with a permanent street closure: a green oasis in the heart of the Tenderloin that would benefit the community physically, mentally, and spiritually. Send a letter of support for the Golden Gate Greenway to the Mayor here.