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Perspective: First-person Poverty

Jul 23, 2013
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I grew up in a rural town with more cows than people in upstate New York. My parents were – and still are – solidly lower middle-income folks. My father works for the local school district. My mother has never worked a job providing benefits. We did our back-to-school shopping at the Salvation Army.  We didn’t eat venison for reasons of health but because it was free. My first – and only – car was a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that shivered and dribbled fluids like a saturated sponge. I inherited it when my cousin joined the priesthood. I was 21 the first time I left the Northeast. I could never afford the ticket before. Read More »

Preventing Elder Abuse in SF

Jun 26, 2013
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IMG_4417Times have changed, elders used to be at the top of society’s hierarchy; sadly they do not hold that same position today.  Their wisdom is infrequently sought after, instead their bank accounts and inheritance are.  Today’s senior citizen vulnerability invites financial abuse, emotional and physical abuse, neglect and even self-neglect.  In San Francisco, many are left in their homes widowed, friendless and their families have moved outside of the urban bubble. Read More »

Reason to be Proud

Jun 20, 2013
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pride-flagJune is Pride Month.  This is certainly a big deal for LGBT seniors. After all, aging boomers remember when homosexuality was classified as a mental illness. They remember the Stonewall riots. Some remember Jose Sarria, the first openly gay person to run for public office. More remember Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected. They were the face of the AIDS epidemic, and since more than half of those living with AIDS in San Francisco are over the age of 50, they still are. They have seen the sympathy of the general public move from ignorance, to suspicion, to hostility, to pity, to tolerance, to acceptance, and finally, to celebration. Read More »

Volunteer of the Month – Kevin Skiles

Jun 4, 2013
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IMG_8168Have you met our June volunteer of the month, Kevin Skiles? If you haven’t, then you should. Kevin has volunteered with us since April of 2001, first as a skilled volunteer for 12 years, then as a member of the board for 3, and now as board president for a year and a half. Read More »

It’s the Little Things…

We just finished a really BIG event in April – our National Rebuilding Day.  On April 27, 900 volunteers completed significant repairs at 9 homes, 2 schools, 8 community facilities and 2 small businesses.  Local companies, faith communities and membership organizations contributed $220,000 which was leveraged to produce a market value of $700,000 worth of repairs! Read More »

Project Snapshot: Universal Martial Arts

May 17, 2013
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SONY DSCThe Project: Universal Martial Arts Academy was founded by Professor James Hundon, a veteran martial artist and award winning community leader in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district. Universal Martial Arts Academy, Inc. was formed with the mission to increase public safety and community health through quality self-protection training for high risk professionals and the general public. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Ms D from the Bayview

May 17, 2013
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SONY DSCThe Project: Ms. D is a longtime Bayview resident who has owned the home she lives in for 35 years. Born in the East Bay & raised in a large family, Ms. D is a true Bay Area native and is no stranger to the realities of living in San Francisco; she still walks up and down her extremely steep street at age 82 (with no complaints, I might add)! Read More »

Project Snapshot: Ms W from the Bayview

May 17, 2013
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The Project: Ms. W is 72 years old and has been living in her home in the Bayview neighborhood for 39 years. She purchased the home as a single mother in 1973. ‘The realtor said, “If you got guts enough to buy a home, then I got guts enough to help you do it,” and he did,’ she says. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Ms T from the Bayview

May 17, 2013
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SONY DSCThe Project: Ms. T has a long history in the Bayview neighborhood. She has lived comfortably in her home for many years. Over the past 16 of those years, her husband’s struggles with Alzheimer’s disease have made home maintenance difficult as her primary concern has been his care. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Ms S from the Bayview

May 17, 2013
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The Project: Ms. S is 69 years old and has been living in her Bayview home for 22 years. In 1966 Ms. S left Louisiana for San Francisco, where she found work in the housekeeping department at Children’s Hospital. She held that job for 41 years, retiring in 2010. Read More »

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