Fundraising event lands major sponsors Nibbi Bros., Caritas Management

Thursday anniversary gala celebrates 46 years, supports on-site social services, recognizes community vanguards

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Robert Nibbi

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation… resonate deeply with our own values and culture” — Robert Nibbi. Photo: nibbi.com

The Mission Housing Development Corporation fall fundraising event is already on track to be a major success.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 is when the Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards will be held at the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco [MAP].

Nibbi Brothers General Contractors has become the Developer level sponsor, contributing $15,000 to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund.

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation – especially their commitment to Community, Integrity and Quality – resonate deeply with our own values and culture.” said Bob Nibbi, President of Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.

“Having worked with together for over 25 years, we are delighted to support Mission Housing’s mission to improve the lives of all San Franciscans through building and maintaining affordable housing.”

Stepping into the Builder level sponsorship with a $10,000 donation to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund, is Caritas Management Corporation.

“As part of a 35 year relationship with Mission Housing Development Corporation, we are honored to share the same vision of preserving affordable housing, creating stability and enriching lives,” said Devesh Patel, President of Caritas Management Corporation.

“We are very proud of what Mission Housing has provided not only to the Mission District but in the beautiful city of San Francisco as a whole.”

The theme of the event, “46 Years of Building Safe, Empowered, and Resilient Communities” will be the basis for storytelling about Mission Housing residents who’ve recovered from adversity because of the affordable housing and supportive services they received.

Also recognized: Two community leaders who have been empowering voices in the fight to build strong neighborhoods.

“This will be an important celebration of our residents, our neighbors, our vanguards and our future,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We’ve come a long way in 46 years. One of the most important things to remember is that our accomplishments are about more than construction.”

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Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13 at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com and at the door on Thursday evening.

“This event is our way of celebrating our successes and honoring those who make them possible,” Moss said.

Creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities

Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will strengthen and sustain important Resident Services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.

“Our tenants and our neighborhoods thrive because of the free and voluntary on-site supportive services available from Mission Housing,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “The funds we bring in with this event will help stabilize the lives of many families and individuals.”

Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13, at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com.

Admission sales will also take place at the door on Thursday evening. Credit or debit card payments are highly encouraged.

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dev/Mission graduates first tech student cohort

A ceremony on Friday, ‎August ‎18, ‎2017 at the Valencia Gardens community room acknowledged the sixteen young people who completed the first dev/Mission cohort. Photos by Tony Bear!

Friday, August 18, 2017, a commencement ceremony was held at the community room of Valencia Gardens. Sixteen students graduated from the inaugural cohort of dev/Mission, a free training program where people ages 16 to 24 learn technology skills and critical career skills.

The graduates are:

  • Lorena Benitez
  • Leslie Canjura
  • Angelica Ceja
  • Jessica Colorado
  • Anthony Khieu
  • Mantasha Lakdawala
  • Zefu Li
  • Henry Lopez
  • Elisa Mendoza
  • Julian Morrisette
  • Nancy Okun
  • Cesar Partida
  • Mellany Quiroz
  • Noe Roman
  • Prisila Simental
  • Marcell Urbina

Marcell Urbina, a dev/Mission student and the master of ceremonies, started the event by thanking everyone who participated in the program, and thanking the family members and others who were in attendance at the graduation.

The founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission, Leo Sosa, gave an impassioned talk, where he encouraged the students to seize every moment as they put their newly found knowledge to work.

Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, congratulated the students, and thanked them for having the drive and initiative to complete the course. Mission Housing is a founding sponsor and partner in dev/Mission.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Jaime Martinez, CEO of TekLeap, a premier Information Technology firm. Martinez shared with the students his humble beginnings as a young native of El Salvador — what he called a “jungle boy” — who came to the United States with his parents, and then was forced to climb the social ladder. He encouraged the students to remember their roots, and reach back to give back.

Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, expressed her profound pride in the accomplishment of the cohort. She was effusive in her praise for the young women who completed the course, and encouraged them to stay resolute in their climb up the tech world ladder.

Coding instructors Christian Salas and Yaritza Perez showcased websites created by the students.

Several of the instructors, volunteers and partners of the dev/Mission program were acknowledged, and then the student certificates were handed out.

The evening concluded with a buffet of food from San Jalisco Mexican restaurant.

Chirag Bhakta receives 2017 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award

Chirag Bhakta gestures toward his parents from the stage of Brava Theater, during the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Awards. Photo by Tony Bear!

The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation selects Chirag Bhakta for the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award; forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program

The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation has selected Chirag Bhakta, Community Engagement Coordinator for Mission Housing Development Corporation, as a recipient of the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award. The award honors his contributions to the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco and forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Marisela Esparza

Marisela Esparza, Program Manager of San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network also received the Koshland Civic Unity award. Esparza is a board member of Mission Housing Development Corporation.

In celebration and recognition of his community work, Bhakta receives a personal award of $1,000. He will also collaborate with other neighborhood Fellows and the Koshland Committee in the allocation of approximately $300,000 over the next four years toward projects and efforts improving the quality of life in the Mission.

Bhakta and eleven others were feted in a ceremony at Brava Theater on June 28, 2017.

“To be honored in such a way, all this prestige along with a cohort of people I can honestly say I look up to,” Bhakta said in his remarks from stage. “I am humbled, I am elated to work with you all for the next half a decade”

“Half a decade for us to learn from each other, bond with each other, and build something together.”

“Chirag has a great deal of passion and love for our community, which fuels the great work he is doing at Mission Housing,” said has selected Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services. “He is matched-up with a very well-rounded, like-minded group of leaders. All of them are not afraid to fight for what is right and speak for those who can’t do it on their own.”

“Congratulations to all the Fellows. Their passion to make the Mission better inspires me!”

In recognizing community leaders, the Koshland Committee seeks to promote civic and community unity by building mutual respect among diverse elements of the community and encouraging collaboration in addressing neighborhood problems. The Koshland awards are given annually to recognize outstanding Bay Area community leaders who are not only risk-takers but also social innovators working to build healthy and productive neighborhoods.

About The Koshland Civic Unity Award
The award commemorates Daniel E. Koshland, a founder of The San Francisco Foundation. As a businessman and philanthropist, he committed both his resources and his energy to making the Bay Area a better place to live. He was also the founder of San Francisco’s Council for Civic Unity, which sought to alleviate injustices and discrimination by bringing together influential private and public sector leaders to solve community problems.

Information from The San Francisco Foundation contributed to this post

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Koshland Awardees 2017

The 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Fellows (left to right): Nadia Conrad, Jon Jacobo, Diana Martinez, Sandra Sandoval, Marilyn Duran, Lorena Melgarejo, Lara Kiswani, Eric Cuentos, Celina Lucero, Chirag Bhakta, Marisela Esparza, Dairo Romero. Photo courtesy SF Foundation

2017 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Fellows

Chirag Bhakta,
Community Engagement Coordinator, Mission Housing Development Corporation
Nadia Conrad,
Teen Programs Coordinator, Jamestown Community Center
Eric Cuentos,
Director of Parent Partner Program, Mission Graduates
Marilyn Duran,
Community Organizer, PODER
Marisela Esparza,
Program Manager, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network
Jon Jacobo,
Land Use Committee Member, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
Lara Kiswani,
Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Celina Lucero,
Executive Director, Horizons
Lorena Melgarejo,
Coordinator of Parish Organizing, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Diana Martinez,
Mission SRO Collaborative Manager, Dolores Street Community Services
Dairo Romero,
Community Planning Manager, Mission Economic Development Agency
Sandra Sandoval,
Lifelong Missionera

Forum details latest on Balboa Park Station Area Plan

Several dozen people filled the SPUR Urban Center auditorium in downtown San Francisco to hear a panel forum on the impacts the Balboa Park Station Area Plan thus far. Photos by Tony Bear!

Stakeholders, planners, developers converge to share progress of Balboa Park Station Area Plan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, several dozen people filled the auditorium at SPUR Urban Center, the downtown San Francisco headquarters of San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, also known as SPUR. The occasion was a panel forum, where an update was given on the impacts the Balboa Park Station Area Plan has had on the area.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | SPUR Urban Center auditorium

Panelists (from left to right) Jeremy Shaw, Sam Moss, Daniel Weaver and Kate Favetti listen to a question from the audience at the Better Neighborhoods at Balboa Park forum.

The presentation was kicked off by Jeremy Shaw of the San Francisco Planning Department. Shaw ran through details and history of the area plan, and walked through some of the neighborhood’s development challenges.

Sam Moss of Mission Housing Development Corporation discussed the community outreach being conducted leading to the construction of affordable housing on the Balboa Park Upper Yard site.

Daniel Weaver of the Ocean Avenue Association, and Kate Favetti, former board member of the Westwood Park Association, gave a history of their efforts to bring thoughtful development to the area.

After the presentations, audience members directed questions to the panelists, and heard about the challenges and opportunities that remain.

San Francisco adopted the Balboa Park Station Area Plan in 2009, as part of its Better Neighborhoods Program. The plan resulted in new mixed-use development, public space, and pedestrian improvements along Ocean Avenue. The plan also was the catalyst for the development of the Upper Yard and Balboa Reservoir parcels.

SPUR — San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association — is a member-supported nonprofit organization with offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. SPUR conducts Through research, education and advocacy to promote good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The forum was co-presented by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC).