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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: St. Anthony Foundation is a social services agency in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco that offers a way out of poverty to the most vulnerable among us: seniors, veterans, the physically disabled, the mentally and addictively ill, the unemployed and underemployed. We were founded in 1950 by Fr. Alfred Boeddeker, a Franciscan priest, and for more than 60 years we have pursued our mission to “feed, heal, shelter, clothe and lift the spirits of those in need, and to create a society where all people flourish.” Through our many programs, we offer our guests a gateway to reclaim their sense of dignity, progress toward stability, and ultimately move out of poverty. In community with volunteers, donors and guests, we work on long-term solutions to poverty while meeting immediate, critical needs. The New St. Anthony’s Dining Room, opened October 4, 2014, will help us meet the challenges of the 21st century and the increasing need for our services. There will be more space to store more food for longer periods, allowing us to maximize use of large food donations and bargains and ensuring our ability to guarantee ample and nutritious meals for our guests. The new facility also houses our Social Work Center and Free Clothing Program – thus aligning these services in one building. This alignment is part of our Gateway Strategy that positions the Dining Room as the entry point for our guests to access our programs. Just steps away – and part of our Tenderloin Campus – at 150 Golden Gate Avenue, guests can access St. Anthony Medical Clinic and get computer training and job search assistance at the Tenderloin Technology Lab. Our programs work together to help guests transition to better lives. The New St. Anthony’s Dining Room is also be an indispensable part of San Francisco’s disaster preparedness plan. In the event of a disaster, St. Anthony’s will be equipped to distribute food and water for the community-at-large, treat people with emergency medical needs, and establish a communications and assistance center. We’re proud to be able to offer critical services to the most underserved communities.

Results: St. Anthony Foundation’s comprehensive set of services help 12,000 people (guests) per year regain their health, hope, and human dignity, of whom: 86% have income below the federal poverty line, 83% live alone in single-room-occupancy hotels or on the street, 56% report experiencing hunger at least once a month, 51% self-identify as suffering from mental illness, 39% are homeless, and 29% are disabled.

Target demographics: low-income veterans, seniors, families, people with physical disabilities, and the mentally and addictively ill stabilize their situations and build better lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,000 low-income individuals and families.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighborhood

Programs: St. Anthony's Dining Room, the Free Clothing Program, the Social Work Center, St. Anthony Medical Clinic, the Fr. Alfred Center for addiction recovery, and the Tenderloin Tech Lab for crossing the digital divide.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sal D.


Rating: 4

I volunteered at St. Anthony Foundation in various capacities over the years. It is a wonderful organization. Its aim is to help the homeless and low-income groups. They serve free meals, provide free healthcare services and help people get off drugs and learn to become productive again.. The program I liked the best there is their Technology Lab where people of all ages and incomes come to use the internet and can ask and receive answers on any technology related questions. Volunteers from Twitter, Zendesk and other major tech companies in San Francisco drop by to volunteer their time.


Client Served

Rating: 5

In all my years first as working in the profit and non-profit field and second as a person who needed to utilize the services of St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco, I have never encountered such a caring organization. I have utilized their services for over ten years. When you go to the Dining Room, you feel like you are treated like royalty - the food is excellent, it is like going to a restaurant, very relaxed and the menu is never the same over a period of several months. The quality of food and service is unsurpassed. When it seems like the world is closing in on you because you do not have alot of money, going to St. Anthony to eat is like a WELCOMING RETREAT. The food is nutritious, low salt, very tasty and extremely appealling. There are other "SOUP KITCHENS" in the city where you can get more than 1 meal a day, but I would rather wait and come to St. Anthony for the experience of being treated like someone with lots of money. They treat us with dignity and respect in a soothing environment. FANTASTIC!!! Also being able to get clothes once a month makes a difference. The quality and choice of clothes is outstanding. It is so good that many times I get asked for handouts because I am so well dressed (even though it is second hand). The volunteers, clients and staff working together not against each other makes St. Anthony a gem in this world. I recommend this organization to everyone I meet, wether they need clothes, a meal, help getting basic needs meet (medical, etc) or are looking for a place to give back I wholeheartly recommend St. Anthony to everyone. If only all the other organizations and government departments which work with seniors and those with mental illness, drug use, alcoholism, or are low income would treat their clients as good as St. Anthony does theirs.