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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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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