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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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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Resident Spotlight: Brent Paradise

Brent Paradise: living life to the fullest, thanks to TNDC. Photo by Kevin Meynell Mr. Paradise is a resident at the Civic Center Residence, and even though he has only lived there for a little over a year, he credits TNDC and the staff at CCR with greatly improving his quality of life. Brent Paradise…

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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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Lorenzo Listana

A passionate advocate for change. Lorenzo has been a resident at TNDC's Curran House since 2005 when he and his children moved from the Philippines to join his wife who was already living in a small apartment South of Market and working in San Francisco. Lorenzo found work at a factory and as a part-time…

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Perla Orozco

Many children are broken down by the harsh realities of the Tenderloin. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the ones who excel in spite of the temptations to do otherwise. But Perla Orozco is a child whose achievements demand she be noticed. For the past two years, Perla and her older sister have lived with their…

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Traci Cox

As he waits on the lobby sofa, Traci Cox is as unassuming in his black and khaki windbreaker as he is charming. Wise beyond his 17 years, his clean-cut looks, boyish grin, and hazel-green eyes reveal an innocence that’s almost deceiving. Appearances mislead as Traci’s story is one that is both heartbreaking and cathartic. There…

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Nancy Muldoon

Only a Hundred Dollars in My Pocket Seven years ago I came to San Francisco with just $100.00 and my two-year-old daughter. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t realize just how difficult it would be. We first stayed at the Leland Hotel on Polk Street for a week before I…

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Karen Martinez

Karen Martinez Wins. Big Time! Karen Martinez, 39, has come a long way. About a year ago, she and her little girl Cloey, 3, arrived in San Francisco and were homeless. With the help of the nonprofit Compass organization, she found housing at TNDC’s Civic Center Residence this March. Since then, she has completed her…

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