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Márcia Contreras named Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director

New executive leadership role brings focus, opportunity to organization; promotion opens up Director of Resident Services position

March 27, 2018, the Mission Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors unanimously approved the promotion of Márcia Contreras to the position of Deputy Executive Director of the organization.

Since 2015, Contreras has served in a dual role as Director of Operations and Resident Services, where she was the driving force behind the growth of the Mission Housing team from eight people to 25, and the expansion of supportive services partnerships to include numerous human services agencies. Under Contreras’ direction, Mission Housing fundraising efforts since 2015 have brought in several hundred-thousand dollars, via donations and grants. Her work at re-connecting Mission Housing to grassroots community organizations has helped solidify relationships throughout the Mission District and San Francisco.

Contreras also played a pivotal role supporting the Mission Housing efforts to win development rights for building more new, 100 percent affordable apartments.

Now, as Deputy Executive Director, she will oversee the operational and administrative functions of Mission Housing, while providing the leadership needed to advance the organization’s housing and community development goals.

“Márcia has done an excellent job in various management roles with Mission Housing since 2009, and is the best person to work with me in developing and implementing our overall vision and strategy going forward,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “Now, she will be directly involved in, and focused on, aligning our programs and strategies, building policy, and furthering our professional relationships throughout San Francisco.”

In addition to supervising directors, staff, and programs, Contreras will serve as the acting Executive Director, in cases when Moss is unavailable.

“This is a tremendous honor and a privilege. Mission Housing is a fantastic workplace, and a community asset. Supporting our mission has become my passion,” said Contreras. “I look forward to helping Sam and our board with continuing to deliver quality programs and facilities to our residents, and collaborating with our service partners to further develop how Mission Housing serves the San Francisco community.”

Contreras’ transition to the Deputy Executive Director role leaves vacant the Director of Resident Services position at Mission Housing. Applications are being accepted for the job, with the goal of filling the position immediately.

Nursing student cohorts provide wellness coaching, health assessments

The students from the San Francisco State University School of Nursing who are delivering community health care to Mission Housing residents in 2018 are: (left to right) Kelsey Christenson, Ali Al-Nabulsi, Brianna Garcia, Brenda Salazar, Lupita Estrada, Monique Gutierrez, and Jessica Donohue. Photo by Tony Bear!

San Francisco State University School of Nursing students deliver community health care to Mission Housing residents

As part of their dedication to reducing health disparities in San Francisco communities, every San Francisco State University School of Nursing student completes a community health course of study, also known as a practicum, in the pre-licensure phase of their program. Practicums — supervised on-site work experiences applying previously studied theory — help prepare clinicians by allowing them to practice and demonstrate their developing skills.

Since 2008, students from the SFSU School of Nursing, as part of their practicums, have delivered health talks, biometric health screenings and wellness checks to seniors residing in Mission Housing Development Corporation communities.

Examples of chronic health conditions affecting the residents include unmanaged diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as, bone, joint and skin conditions. Flu season presents special challenges for this population.

The Mission Housing Resident Services Department coordinates the monthly on-site community meetings featuring the nursing students at Alcantara Court, Apollo Hotel and Altamont Hotel. Seniors from other Mission Housing communities are invited.

The student nurses conduct one-on-one consultations with residents during the monthly meetings. Vital signs, height and weight, and biometric health indicators are recorded. Some residents are assessed head-to-toe physicals, and their risk of falling is evaluated. Residents are also free to discuss specific health issues with the nursing students.

The emotional and mental well-being of the seniors is screened, using modified Mini-Mental State Examinations (also known as MMSEs), and Beck’s Depression Inventory.

Residents leave their one-on-one consultation with a complete health history and physical assessment.

The nursing students also conduct health information talks, covering topics such as fall prevention, and bicycle safety.

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.

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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.”

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