Tenant Focus: Kathy Wolfe

Katherine “Kathy” Wolfe is more than a tenant at TNDC’s SOMA Apartments. A participant in leadership training provided through TNDC, Kathy serves as the President of the SOMA Residents Association. Kathy herself describes her journey from homeless to community leader as “an incredible ride.” Kathy lived for many years in SROs (single room occupancy) housing…

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Resident Spotlight: Jason Fraser

Finding a new start at the Sierra Madre Apartments Jason Fraser has been a tenant at TNDC’s Sierra Madre for almost three years. He was born in the city and grew up in Pacifica. Other than a year he spent in Manhattan, Jason has always called San Francisco home. Two years ago, Jason lived in…

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Resident Spotlight: Russell Christophel

RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT: Russell Christophel Russell Christophel is building community at Antonia Manor. On the second Tuesday of each month, Antonia Manor tenant Russell Christophel helps distribute the supplemental food boxes delivered from the food bank to his fellow Antonia Manor residents. Around 7 a.m., he and a group of tenants he leads gather in the lobby…

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From the Director’s Desk

Why Home Matters: discovering the platform for social progress. Last year in May, I spoke about the idea of “HOME” and how our sense of home forms the foundation for our well-being, allowing us to go forward into the world knowing we always have a safe place to return to. I wanted to revisit that…

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Finding Sanctuary in the City

Volunteers provide a beautiful and peaceful refuge in the Tenderloin. In March 2010, a group of neighborhood volunteers: John-Francis Pepka, Tommy Barton, Bob Chase, Collin Welbon, and botanist Jessica Welbon, along with TNDC staff person Siu Han Cheung planted the first seeds in the flower garden at the corner of Larkin & McAllister Streets. What…

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Curran House residents are growing their community

Each week, about twelve residents from TNDC’s Curran House volunteer their time working in the rooftop garden. This group works together, sharing the responsibilities of watering, pruning, and harvesting a wide variety of vegetables and herbs. While Curran House has always had planter boxes for resident families to grow herbs, flowers and plants, in May…

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TNDC’s People’s Garden Expands UP!

In December 2012, TNDC volunteers and tenants completed the new vertical garden at the Tenderloin People’s Garden at the corner of Larkin and McAllister streets. The expansion will allow TNDC to produce 1,000 more pounds of food each year on the same size lot. The expansion project would not have been possible without the volunteer…

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Tour the new Kelly Cullen Community!

Get a sneak peak at TNDC's newest housing for formerly homeless in San Francisco. This $95 million renovation of the former Central YMCA at 220 Golden Gate will provide 172 efficiency studio units for chronically homeless individuals. This restoration and adaptive re-use project include a ground floor Department of Public Health managed health and wellness…

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Supporters Gather for Pre-Pool Toss Event

TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss Pre-Event On Wednesday, September 12, Pool Toss sponsors and event supporters gathered for a Pre-Pool Toss event to welcome and honor this year's celebrity fundraisers. Hosted by Event Chairs Laura King Pfaff and Jim Losi, the evening provided guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with celebrity guests and MCs, as…

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Sumiyati Monoarfa

Sumiyati Monoarfa: paying it forward at the Dalt Hotel. On the last Sunday of every month, at around 4pm, you will find Sumiyati Monoarfa, or Sumi, as the Dalt Hotel tenants call her—serving her homemade soups, beans, and other specialty dishes from the Dalt community kitchen to any tenant who needs a home cooked meal.…

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