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Giving Back Pays Big Dividends For Local Volunteers

TNDC and our residents gain so much from volunteers. Individuals and volunteer groups work in our offices, provide homework help and tutoring in our after-school program, and in 2015 alone, corporate groups spent well over 300 hours planting, weeding, and harvesting in our Tenderloin People’s Garden. Quite simply, TNDC would not be able to provide…

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Partner Profile: NerdWallet: Nerds Paying it Forward in the Tenderloin

NerdWallet employees at TNDC's Tenderloin People's Garden NerdWallet, founded in 2009, is focused on helping people lead better lives through financial education and empowerment. According to NerdWallet, their employee-led corporate social responsibility program, NerdsPayItForward, “focuses on empowering our neighbors in the Tenderloin to lead better lives through financial education and empowerment.” “There’s a great wealth…

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Dave Seiler: TNDC Resident, Board Member, and Sometimes Santa

Dave Seiler as Santa Dave lived for many years in TNDC’s Civic Center Residence. Always active and engaged in the neighborhood, he served as a Resident Representative on TNDC’s Board of Directors. After many years in San Francisco, this last August he moved to Southern California with the love of his life. Nowadays, you will…

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Healthy Holiday Tips from TNDC

Making the holiday season special for Tenderloin kids Many families, including those living in TNDC homes, have a difficult time making ends meet, and that can be particularly difficult during the holidays, when a natural desire to celebrate, enjoy seasonal foods, and give gifts is an added burden for already strapped budgets. TNDC is committed…

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Partner Focus: Dolby Laboratories, INC

In 2014, Dolby relocated its headquarters to 1275 Market Street in the mid-market area adjacent to the Tenderloin. Eager to learn more about their neighborhood and how Dolby could help make it an even better place to live and work, the community relations team at Dolby volunteered its employees to work at the Tenderloin People’s…

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Vignettes from Past TASP Tours

TASP’s College Tour to New Orleans was a great success both in terms of exposure to college campuses and meaningful experiences in a new city. Following the tour, two participants sat down and shared some of the impacts that this College Tour had on their lives. Participant names have been changed. Jaimee is 18 and…

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Tenant Focus: Being Muslim in the Tenderloin

In the sunlit Curran House courtyard, 13-year old Nada Kaid sits with her mother, Nabihah. Muslims from Yemen, poorest of the Arab countries, they wear traditional dress.  Away from Curran House, it causes them some grief.  Nabihah’s chador is a black robe that covers all but her face and hands.  Nada wears separates of lighter…

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Families getting what they need to thrive – What TNDC is Providing for the Kids

Many of TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program parents are forced to raise their children in overcrowded housing with no access to outdoor play space, live in unsafe conditions, lack access to education and other resources, and face language and immigration barriers, among others. For these families, TASP is an invaluable resource: a safe place that helps…

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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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