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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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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