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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Resident Profile: Sallie Lu

As a 92-year old, Sallie Lu does way more than you can imagine. For many years she accompanied her singing sister, Jane Lu, on the piano at senior centers and at fashion shows in Chinatown. The younger sister died of bone cancer in 2010. In her memory,  Sallie hand-printed on a scroll in perfect Chinese…

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Resident Profile: Teodora Gomez

Teodora “Auring” Gomez comes from a family of 10 in the Philippines whose Christmas was an excitable celebration with lots of food.  More than 50 relatives streamed through their smallish house for two days. Auring cooked continuously, including the ever-favorite Pancit, the long noodle dish reputed to bring long life. The role delighted her. “I was…

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Resident Profile: Debra Copes

TNDC has been mobilizing community members to take action on issues affecting them since our founding in the early 80’s. Today, our Community Organizing Department leads this effort, and one important campaign we lead is Get Out the Vote (GOTV), which works to make the voices of the Tenderloin heard. Primarily targeting TNDC residents in…

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Resident Profile: Connie Moy

Connecting her neighbors for good. TNDC resident Connie Moy originally came to San Francisco from China after World War II. Now, six decades later, she has been living in TNDC’s senior building Maria Manor for 20 years. Connie says many middle-aged American men went to China to meet and marry young Chinese women. One of…

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Tenant Focus: Curtis Bradford (& Maggie Mae)

Maggie Mae doesn’t bat an eyelash. She lies on the floor in her tiny, but immaculate unit in the TNDC Alexander Residences on Eddy Street in the Tenderloin. The tranquil 4 1/2-year-old lap dog — black as the inside of a coal mine — takes a cue from her owner, Curtis Bradford, who has lived…

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Tenant Focus: Maurice Robinson

By 2005, Maurice Robinson had become a triple threat — but not in a sports-star sort of way. His life in a one-bedroom flat in north Oakland, California — where he had lived for eight years — was about to implode. The wild ride that had fostered his drug and alcohol addiction eventually landed him…

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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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