Growing Up at SOMA Studios

You can help more children grow up with stability.  Amelia Llacer has experienced a rare situation in San Francisco—she has lived in the same home since she was six years old.  Your support allows Amelia and her mom, who is deaf, to afford rent and live in the heart of the city. The convenient location…

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Creating Change at Curran House

When Rebecca Browning first moved to Curran House in the Tenderloin, she felt conflicted. As a mother of two children, a student earning her Masters in Social Work, and a compassionate community member, she needed to concentrate on her family and her studies rather than the neighborhood. It was a tough balance. Until she found…

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Voices of the Tenderloin

Voices of the Tenderloin Your generosity creates opportunities for people to find and use their voice. See some of the stories you made possible! Championing Neighborhood Leaders “I don’t think my life would have been much if I hadn’t gotten into organizing. I believe and know they saved my life.” —Debra Copes, Graduate of TNDC’s Leadership Academy…

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How You Are Saving Lives with Community Organizing

When Debra Copes found TNDC's Community Organizing team, she found people who respected her and believed in her voice. That encouragement was life changing. Your generosity makes it possible for Community Organizing to empower Tenderloin residents. Thank you. A resident of Curran House, Debra first found the Community Organizing team through her neighbor, Sharon Hewitt.…

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Thank You from Don

“I look at the Tenderloin as a gateway for people trying to pick their lives up, for people trying to work through problems. We try to make the Tenderloin a good gateway, as good as we can make it. “ —Brother Kelly Cullen, Former Executive Director of TNDC Every day you give people a place…

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Aging at the Alexander

Jose Panulaya has shared his magic with the Alexander Residence for the last 20 years. A boxer in his youth, Jose, now 70 years old, uses his sleight of hand to entertain his neighbors. Magic is one way Jose connects with others. His true companion, however, is his wife, Gloria. Together, the two have spent…

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HOME IS WHERE We Share Recipes

Baho Recipe Recipe for SOMA resident Nelson Obando's favorite Nicaraguan dish Baho Recipe Ingredients - 3 yuccas, and plantains (green and ripe) - 3 lbs. of beef (cecina) - 2 tomatoes and onions - half of a head of cabbage - 3 garlic cloves - 1 onion - 1/2 cup orange juice - banana leaves…

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HOME IS WHERE I Give Back

Saul Falcone is not your average fourteen-year-old basketball-player and poet. He is also TNDC’s youngest donor. Earlier this year, Saul decided that instead of receiving gifts for his Bar Mitzvah, he would raise money for TNDC. With the support of his family and community, he was able to donate an incredible $1,029 to make home…

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HOME IS WHERE We Find Community

No two TNDC homes are alike. With over 4,100 people across 39 buildings, our residents span continents and generations. From one-year-olds to seniors turning one hundred, our residents speak over 30 languages. But for many of our residents and staff, food is the universal language of TNDC. A hot meal, funded by your donations, brings…

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HOME IS WHERE My Family Is

“Food is a huge part of our life,” says Nelson Obando of SOMA Family Apartments. He then describes the sweet and soft taste of Baho, his favorite Nicaraguan dish.  His grandmother, Manuela Ruiz, is one of the few people in the family who can make Baho. The recipe requires patience. It takes three to four…

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