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.”
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.
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.
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 HotlinesA listing of phone numbers to contact members of the Northern California Regional Rapid Response Network. For more information contact email@example.com. Provided courtesy San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network. For more information contact Program Manager Marisela Esparza: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Santa Clara County||408-290-1144|
|Santa Cruz County||831-239-4289|
|Contra Costa County||TBD|
|Sonoma and Napa County||Released 10/12|
|Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Texting Platform for North and Central CA|
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Hundreds attend gala, thousands of dollars raised for tenant supportive services
Thursday, September 14, 2017, Mission Housing Development Corporation transformed the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco into a fun environment that entertained scores of professionals, community advocates, and friends of the affordable housing movement.
The Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards fundraising event celebrated the organization’s 46 years of building and managing affordable housing in San Francisco. Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales are still being tallied. Net proceeds will add to The Mission Housing Tenant Health, Wellness and Community Fund, which sustains important no-cost, voluntary on-site supportive services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.
The party gets started
“Tonight we celebrate our residents, and our neighbors,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, in comments to open the festivities. “Mission Housing has come a long way in 46 years, and we still have a long way to go as we fight to keep San Francisco affordable for as many people as possible.”
The event opened with a cocktail hour, where attendees socialized while enjoying passed appetizers, wine, and stationed dinners. Fogcutter catered the service.
Recognitions, acknowledgements and awards
Joshua Arce, chair of the Mission Housing Board of Directors, opened the award ceremony by thanking those in attendance, and introducing fellow board members.
“We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from our sponsors and from everyone here,” said Arce. “Thanks to you, we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal!”
Arce shared recognitions sent from the offices of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and state Board of Equalization Board Member Fiona Ma. Arce also acknowledged a few of the elected officials who attended the gala, including District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who delivered a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors declaring September 14, 2017 as “Mission Housing Development Corporation Day.”
District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy took the podium, and read certificates signed by the Board of Supervisors honoring Mission Housing for 46 years of service to the people of San Francisco. Sheehy also presented Moss with a certificate recognizing his six years of leadership at the organization.
Then, Moss and Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, introduced the two community leaders recognized at the event.
Dr. Estela Garcia, Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), was unable to attend the ceremony while on medical leave. Accepting the award on her behalf was IFR’s Board President Tyrone Navarro.
Former Mission Housing board member Pete Gallegos, while receiving his award, commented on the beginnings of Mission Housing, and encouraged everyone to continue “…fighting the good fight.” Contreras then brought Mission Housing Office Manager and Operations Assistant Ana Torres to the stage, and surprised her with an award recognizing 30 years of service to Mission Housing.
The fun begins!
After the comments, DJ Ruben Palma Jr. energized the crowd with popular music, and dancing ensued!
One of the most popular features of the gala: A “photo booth,” where party-goers posed with construction-themed props and garb before a green screen. The finished photos showed the portrait subjects super-imposed over scenes from current and future Mission Housing developments. The booth was provided by Giggle and Riot.
“This event celebrates our successes and honors those who make them possible,” Moss said.
The gala is the third Mission Housing fundraiser planned and coordinated by Contreras and Mission Housing staff, with the assistance of Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini. Her company, MB Wedding Design and Events, is a boutique planning and design company servicing Northern California, Southern California, Hawaii and destinations worldwide.
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Thursday anniversary gala celebrates 46 years, supports on-site social services, recognizes community vanguards
“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.
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.
- Pete Gallegos, Board Member Emeritus, Mission Housing Development Corporation
- Estela Garcia, Executive Director, Instituto Familiar de la Raza
“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.”
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.