Rice University students tour SF affordable housing

Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss (far right), Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director Veronica Green (4th from right) and Community Engagement Associate Chirag Bhakta (far left) host a tour of Mission Housing properties for students of Rice University. Photo by Tony Bear!

Houston-based Rice University students use spring break to visit San Francisco for service learning-based program

(San Francisco) — Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Mission Housing Development Corporation hosted a group of students from Rice University in Houston, TX. The students spent two hours touring existing and future affordable housing developments owned and operated by Mission Housing in the Valencia Street corridor of San Francisco’s Mission District.

The tour included discussions about the Mission Housing Resident Services program, and the Mission Housing Know Your Rights initiative.

The trip to San Francisco is part of an Alternative Spring Break trip organized by the students, and sponsored by the Rice University Center for Civic Leadership. The students’ goals in visiting numerous SF nonprofits and communities is to learn about the SF housing crisis — particularly its causes, proposed solutions, and community responses. Topics being introduced to the students during stops with other organizations on the week-long trip include: urban displacement, housing accessibility/affordability, and gentrification.

The Alternative Spring Break trip is a service-learning based program that teaches students to become advocates for specific social issues and, more broadly, agents of change.

Salesforce hosts Mission District tech students

A group picture of dev/Mission participants and Salesforce execs taken after completing a day of learning and relationship building. Photos by Tony Bear!

Salesforce executives provide learning event for dev/Mission students, alums and parents at San Francisco HQ

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, dozens of dev/Mission participants visited the Salesforce offices at 350 Mission Street in San Francisco, for a day of learning.

Hosted on the Ohana Floor of Salesforce East, the event began with a light breakfast and a panel talk featuring Salesforce Co-Founder Parker Harris, and Salesforce leadership executives Maria Martinez, Tony Prophet, and Srini Tallapragada. The leaders shared family photos, and discussed how their upbringing and life challenges inspired them to be high achievers. The panelists took questions from the audience.

“We were delighted to host dev/Mission at our Headquarters!,” said Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer of Salesforce. “We had the unique opportunity to spend time with the next generation of tech leaders — expanding their Tech knowledge and discussing Equality.”

“We were truly inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of the dev/Mission students and alumni.”

After the executive panel, a hands-on introduction and demonstration of Salesforce’s interactive, self-guided learning platform “Trailhead” was conducted by Senior Admin Evangelist Gillian Bruce, Trailhead Editor-in-chief Chris Duarte, and Trailhead curriculum developer and trainer Kieren Jameson. The students learned how leveraging Trailhead to build Salesforce skills can be a valuable step towards increasing their marketability in the workforce.

Next, a panel of Salesforce employees representing the groups that comprise the company’s Ohana Equality initiative shared their experiences. During lunch, each panelist hosted small group discussions with the dev/Mission students and staff.

After lunch, Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce.com, dazzled the group with a presentation and demo of how Salesforce uses the Internet of Things — also known as IoT — to incubate and launch customer solutions.

In the final workshop, Daryl Spreiter, head of Sales Learning & Development Programs for Salesforce.org, helped the visitors from dev/Mission hone their job-seeking skills. The students were coached-up on personal branding techniques, and practiced their ‘elevator pitch’ on each other.

The eventful day wrapped up with a panel on “Success at Salesforce” moderated by Ebony Frelix, SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement of Salesforce.org. The panelists, all alumni of the Workforce Development initiative at Salesforce, discussed their experiences moving from interns to employees. They also shared tips on how students can find the same success in the job search.

“Salesforce was buzzing with energy on Saturday! It was incredible to bring dev/Mission students and alumni to Salesforce for a day of learning and relationship building,” said Frelix. “At Salesforce.org, our mission is to ensure that young adults are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of future leaders.”

“Salesforce graciously hosted a great event for our current students and alums, staff, volunteers, and partners,” said Leo Sosa, Founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission. “Even the parents of our students were welcomed!”

“We are very thankful for the opportunity and we are looking forward to great future collaborations between dev/Mission, Mission Housing Development Corporation and Salesforce as we build the next generation of tech talent.”

“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the dev/Mission students and their parents,” said Marcía Contreras, Mission Housing Director of Operations and Resident Services. “Everyone was energized by the beautiful Ohana environment at Salesforce, and inspired by the pathways to the future that were demonstrated.”

“Mission Housing is proud to play a role in the development of these amazing young people, and we are encouraged by their desire to improve themselves and give back to their communities.”

Valencia Gardens hosts SF mayor’s annual turkey giveaway

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (center) is flanked by Veronica Green, (left) Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director and Marcía Contreras (right), Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing as they join various city department heads, Mission District police officers and community leaders to commemorate the annual turkey giveaway. Photos by Tony Bear!

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, city department heads, community partners, deliver turkey and trimmings to Mission Housing families

Monday, November 20th, Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Housing Authority and the A. Philip Randolph Institute in distributing turkeys to families at the Valencia Gardens site of Mission Housing Development Corporation, as part of the 11th annual Turkey Giveaway event.

“We are proud to expand our turkey giveaway event this year so that even more families can enjoy a meal together during the holidays,” said Mayor Lee. “We are always proud to call San Francisco a city of love and compassion, and that spirit is particularly strong during the holiday season. Standing up and supporting our communities is a central part of our values.”

“Valencia Gardens is proof positive of what happens when we build quality surroundings, and invest in the hearts and minds of people. This turkey giveaway is another such investment,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We are proud and excited to once again be a venue for the mayor’s event.”

The November 20th turkey giveaway included 100 frozen birds, and reusable Target bags filled with various fixings. San Francisco Fire Department and S.F.P.D. made coloring books and crayons available to families.

Close collaboration with Mission Housing staff

In the days leading up to the distribution, Valencia Gardens residents RSVP’d with Mission Housing staff. Then, on the morning of November 20th, residents lined-up early in anticipation of the two-hour event.

“We are very thankful for the effort put in by Veronica Green, Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director, and by Carlos Uribe, Property Manager at Valencia Gardens,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. “Their collaboration with Derick Brown, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, and others, helped make sure the event was executed smoothly.”

City-wide event

In addition to the 100 turkeys given away at Valencia Gardens, thousands of turkeys and dinner baskets will be distributed to families all over San Francisco this Thanksgiving season. Each dinner basket feeds a family of four and includes a 10-12 pound frozen turkey, fresh organic yams, fresh bread, box stuffing, cans of corn, string beans, and cranberry sauce.

“In this season of giving, there is no greater feeling than knowing that you are able to help others,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. “The men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office, APRI and the SFHA to help families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. By working together as a team, we are able to uplift our community and ensure a happier holiday season for our neighbors in need.”

The City purchased 2,000 total turkeys — double the 2016 total. Private sponsors PG&E, Foster Farms and Clark Construction contributed 1,250 turkeys. That total marks a 30 percent increase from what was distributed in 2016.

Families identified

The nonprofit A. Phillip Randolph Institute, or APRI, identifies families in need and helps to distribute the turkeys. The turkeys are handed out to families at every public housing site in San Francisco in time for Thanksgiving. “This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors, and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger, especially during the holidays,” said APRI Executive Director Jacqueline Flin. APRI has tree giveaways, and toy giveaways in the pipeline for this December.

Rapid Response Hotlines

Community members to call in case of immigration enforcement in your neighborhood

In the beginning of 2017, in response to new enforcement policies at the national level, a group of immigration and civil rights advocates began working together to create a network to respond to immigration enforcement actions in Northern California. The network’s goal is to provide support to every community within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Immigration Court – from Bakersfield to the Oregon border — to protect individuals’ due process rights and keep families together.

Courtesy Northern California Rapid Immigration Response Network [WEBSITE]

Rapid Response Hotlines

A listing of phone numbers to contact members of the Northern California Regional Rapid Response Network. For more information contact hpanah@sfbar.org. Provided courtesy San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network. For more information contact Program Manager Marisela Esparza: marisela@dscs.org
San Francisco415-200-1548
Alameda County510-241-4011
Santa Clara County408-290-1144
Monterey County831-643-5225
Fresno County559-206-0151
Marin County415-991-4545
Sacramento County916-245-6773
Santa Cruz County831-239-4289
Contra Costa CountyTBD
Sonoma and Napa County707-800-4544
Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Texting Platform for North and Central CA