The Project: Mr. and Mrs. O share their Visitacion Valley home with their three children, Shane, age 8, Ciara age 6, and Ryan age 5. Their home was originally built by Mrs. O’s father, and it provides a comfortable environment for her family. Read More »
The Project: Mr. and Mrs. C and Mrs. C’s mother have lived in their home for 53 years. In fact, Mrs. C has lived there all her life. The place has been well-used, and well-loved, providing shelter and serving as a gathering place for a big family that sticks together, and supports one another in good times, and in bad. Read More »
The Project: Mrs. D recalls bringing her newborn son, who just celebrated his 50th birthday, home from the hospital, the same home in which she now resides, finally alone, after her mother passed last year—“she would have been 102 years old today in fact,” she mentions. Mrs. D keeps an impeccably tidy home. Everything in its place, she “hates clutter” and yes, she does sweep out her garage regularly, because, “you’ve got to keep up your home, don’t you?” Read More »
The Project: The Seneca Hotel began serving the San Francisco homeless community in May of 1999 as part of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Dedicated to getting the homeless off the streets and into a room of their own, the hotel is constantly at capacity with residents from all over the city. Some residents stay for a month, others for over a decade, but all we’ve encountered have sense of pride and ownership. The staff provides access to a food bank, weekly activities, and workshops for skills acquisition. A 204-unit single-residence occupancy building, the space boasts beautiful architectural details including a ballroom for a lobby. Unfortunately due to lack of funding, the space has fallen into poor order. RTSF has continued to partner with THC to revitalize the building for its community! Read More »
The Project: San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) was founded in 1947 and is the oldest nonprofit senior center in the nation. SFSC is a multi-service, multi-site agency. SFSC offers a variety of services from daily, low-cost, nutritious lunches and comprehensive social services and case management to healthy living programs and continuing education. All activities are designed to encourage socialization, independent and active living while preventing isolation. The center is located in the basement of the Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, located on the Bay by Ghirardelli Square. Read More »
The Project: Golden Gate for Seniors (GGS) is the only program of its kind in the San Francisco area, offering a residential recovery facility designed to help men and women 55 years of age and older achieve a more meaningful life free from drugs and alcohol. Residents stay an average of six months in the center, while following an individually tailored recovery plan, which includes counseling and case management, 12-step meetings, education on alcohol and other drugs, sound health practices and development of interests and activities that are conducive to a sober lifestyle.
Malcolm X Elementary School, part of the San Francisco Unified Public School System, serves students in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood. As a participant in Education Outside’s Outdoor Classroom Intiative, Malcolm X Elementary hosts a full-time member of the Corps for Education Outside—the first service corps program in the United States dedicated to transforming urban public schools into centers of 21st-century experiential learning, environmental sustainability, and innovation.
Today is the 95th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, a global conflict so terrible that it was known for decades after as only the Great War. The event brought the end of American isolation and created instead an idea of American exceptionalism so pronounced that when the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House opened in 1932, it was considered not just a memorial to the American involvement in Europe, but a commemoration to American involvement in wars of any kind. Read More »
As a Los Angeles native, I have always felt the allure of moving up to San Francisco to get a feel for life in the Bay Area. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been visiting cousins in San Francisco and appreciating the somewhat cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and amazing sites like the Golden Gate Bridge. Although I loved attending UCLA, I was ready for a change once I graduated college. My twin sister just graduated from UC Berkeley and during her time there I would visit her and other friends. On my visits, I marveled at how easy it was to use public transportation and the Bay Area’s environmentally conscious and laid back nature. Read More »