Transforming Community Health with Healthy Food

Much like preparing a successful holiday meal, building a healthy community requires the right mix of ingredients.  Your support has been a key ingredient for building community health! With your help, this year we expanded our Health & Wellness work to make the largest impact inside and outside our buildings. By combining staff knowledge and…

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Jennifer and Adora are Grateful for Their New Life

Not too long ago the holidays were a time of incredible stress for Jennifer. As a single mother without a home, her days were spent asking questions like, Where are we going to sleep tonight? Which shelter has an opening for us? Where can I lock up my daughter’s stroller? Thanks to your generosity, these…

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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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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 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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The Masagcas Thrive in SOMA Family Apartments

The Masagca’s kitchen table is piled with a box of crayons and a stack of paper. “We are big crafters,” says Mary Ann, as her youngest daughter, Maja, excitedly points to three “fairy houses” on a shelf. Mary Ann says they made the houses during an arts and craft session organized by the social workers…

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Student Profile: Nidhi Patel

Like most high-school graduates moving away for college, Nidhi Patel had a mix of excitement and nerves. Last fall she was off to Sonoma State University, looking forward to improving her Spanish and figuring out her major, but she was also moving to a brand new city several hours away from her family and friends…

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Resident Profile: Rickey Swiney

Rickey Swiney will say he’s shy, but his smile will tell you otherwise. Born and raised in Louisiana, Rickey has fond memories of being with his family and living at home. “Every day was my favorite day,” Rickey reflected, missing his parents who have since passed away. “I felt so safe with them.” He continued…

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