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Volunteer call during air quality emergency

St. Anthony’s is opening an overnight shelter to help homeless San Franciscans stay inside during the current health emergency caused by deteriorating air quality.

The shelter, which will cater for up to 60 guests each night, has been activated as a response to the City’s Department of Emergency Management advice for residents to stay indoors.

It will be open, at a minimum, for four nights (until the morning of Monday, October 16). It is based in St. Anthony’s dining room at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street.

“Anything that impacts our community also affects the homeless,” said St. Anthony’s Executive Director Barry Stenger, “San Franciscans have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible because of the health emergency, but our homeless neighbors don’t have an ‘indoors’ to go to, so we have to make one for them.”

We are calling on our community of great volunteers to rally round and help us during this emergency period when we are running at full capacity. If you can help in our overnight shelter or in our dining room over the next four days please sign up for a shift by visiting our volunteering page!

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