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From the Executive Director

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Greetings everyone,

The Summer Solstice is upon us, which usually brings fog to our fine city by the bay. I have many fond memories of growing up in the Sunset district and being enveloped in the fog bank on a summer day. As kids we cherished the outdoors and the mischievous mayhem we created or followed us was commonplace. 

I’m experiencing a different kind of chaos the beginning of this summer season, and though it is commonplace, it’s not anything to cherish. I’m speaking of the heartbreaking homelessness in the Tenderloin district, the open-air drug use, and the blatant drug dealing that is eroding the very idea of living with dignity for those who call the Tenderloin their home. The Tenderloin deserves better and San Francisco needs to own up. There are amazing community-based agencies and neighborhood groups that are fighting an uphill battle to create a better circumstance. Uphill; nevertheless fighting the good fight for housing, access to mental health services, reducing the harm of substance use and abuse, and trying to create some equity for the marginalized and the vulnerable. 

At SteppingStone, we try to do our part. We advocate, we treat, and we deliver at our two centers in the Tenderloin – Golden Gate and Presentation. These centers were the focus of our Spring newsletter under the title, SteppingStone’s Oases in the Tenderloin, that described the incredible work of our staff at these centers and their impact on the seniors and adults with disability that are present each day. 

My message today is a bit different. I’m here to salute the staff’s grit, led by two incredible fighters -Nicole Clause and Martina Leader, the program directors of Presentation and Golden Gate respectively. Every single weekday, these two spearhead opening their centers to provide astonishing health care service delivery to frail seniors and adults with disability and create such a welcoming community that the recipients of those services continue to brave the chaos each and every day and return. While Nicole, Martina, and the staff are performing those miracles, they find time to campaign themselves, and with other organizations, in an inexhaustible effort to make the neighborhood safer, cleaner, and more hospitable. They are committed, and so is SteppingStone. 

SteppingStone has been serving the population in the Tenderloin for over 35 years and we stand steadfast to continue. Our board of directors have committed over $10,000 for FY20 as a board match in the effort to support these centers. We’ve advocated for more funding at the local level, and we continue to speak up alone and in tandem with our partners, like the St. Francis Living Room, the Tenderloin Community Benefit District, the Curry Senior Center, and others to support and honor the dignity of the residents of the Tenderloin.

We are proud to continue and proud to be members of the Tenderloin community. It is our staunch intent to help, support and care for our clients who live there.

Best Regards, 

Daniel Gallagher

A Brief Interview with Diana Almanza, Program Director of the Mission Creek Center

Mission Creek is the only SteppingStone Center with both morning and afternoon care shifts. In addition, SteppingStone’s initiatives around underserved populations including the LGBTQ and homeless/formerly homeless initiatives are based at the Mission Creek Center.

Please tell us a little about yourself

My work ethic and “can do” attitude comes from being raised in a traditional Latino family, in the great state of Texas where hard work and perseverance is like breathing.

My professional career in social services spans over 30 years. I have had the privilege of being a part of teams that developed innovative projects which became renowned and replicated on both Statewide and Federal levels. This included work for the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra and the Episcopal Community Service serving the homeless. Most recently I ran Next Door, which is the second largest homeless shelter in San Francisco.

When I am not working, I enjoy watching old westerns, cooking and baking new recipes, and reading. I spend the majority of my weekends spending time with my family and taking care of my mother.

 

Why did you join SteppingStone? 

I appreciated the philosophy and values of SteppingStone; therefore, it was a natural fit for me. I was also excited to be a part of such a diverse and talented team whose hearts and minds are dedicated to service. Working with the elderly and folks with special needs allows me to continue to be of service and more importantly garner “pearls of wisdom” from the folks we serve.

 

What do you find most interesting and challenging about your position?

It is an enormous privilege to work here and figure out how we can do things better to meet our milestones and objectives, all the while keeping a keen eye on the bigger picture. 

Challenge - It’s not an easy process as there are complicated healthcare concerns and shifts in the economy that impact the folks we serve.

 

How are the innovative programs underway at Mission Creek going? 

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Our LGBTQ expansion project, ROAR (Rad, Out, And Ready) for Aging, has been evolving over the past year and has completely changed the culture at Mission Creek for staff and recipients alike!  Our entire atmosphere is more vibrant, our calendar is jam-packed with options, and our program continues to grow and evolve.  

What are you looking forward to at Mission Creek in the next year or two?

Continue to evaluate and improve upon the delivery of services by incorporating best practices and more in-depth training for staff on Trauma Informed Care.







專訪Mission Creek櫓懃폐劃經잿Diana Almanza

~“Mission Creek”角터柯護일牘顆寧瓊묩,苟敎護잿겯齡돨機構。륩務對蹶冷관윅죄LGBTQ섟無소옵歸훙却。~

請멩訴乖們唐關콱菱성돨種種

譚異乖來菱돠鹵傳統돨윗땀賂소磎,對職業돨잿쿡角堅넣 ”無杰꼇콘“돨쑹。

乖瞳會륩務領堵돨職業錡낚過30쾨,並냥為開發創劤計畫團隊돨냥員,這硅項커無論瞳홍鹵뵨聯곡엇權唐佳譽。페櫓관윅렘濟몹會為無소옵歸諒륩務돨寮싱區륩務。離쐤轉逞舊쏜뒤랗댕無소옵歸諒澗휭杰묏鱗。

乖瞳金閒時옻,毆歡였硅일電緞,통飪,뷸군,샀閱讀。鷺칫돨댕꼬롸時間亮顧캡親,谿時與소훙宮앱묾權莖倫裂樂。

콱為痂麼속흙터柯護일牘?

터柯護일牘돨잿쿡뵨價令觀; 菱횔랍횔俱多죄乖來늪묏鱗。乖鹿콘냥為늪寧셜뜩禱뺏,棠꼽華橫淚돨團隊냥員為榮。儉們돨懃靈뵨鋼拳엇鹿콘鈴제異륩務位일샀唐景喝矜狼돨훙,뫘路狼돨角從乖們륩務돨훙컸裡獲돤“例쁜돨勵瀧”。

콱認為콱돨職貫離唐혹뵨離야鯨戰昑角痂麼?

瞳這쟁묏鱗賈乖們죄썩흔부唐槻뒈供냥훨務鹿實現乖們돨쟁넋괼뵨커標,谿時迦終쵱학關鬧鹿達냥뫘댕돨遠쒼랍클제,這角寧種앵댕돨榮妗。

鯨戰 - 這꼇角寧個簡單돨過넋,凜為唐複雜돨醫療괏숯問題뵨經濟變뺏會緞響乖們杰륩務돨훙。

 

Mission Creek흔부股契創劤計

瞳過혼寧쾨櫓乖們發嵐커標專鬧瞳LGBTQ擴嵐,섟일齡뺏돨ROAR(Rad,Out뵨Ready)計畫,늪寧計畫徹뒀맣變죄Mission reek묏鱗돨쑹匡뺏。흔쏟憐個團隊롱圍념滿삶제,乖們첼휑삶動념滿죄選擇,乖們돨計劃꼇斷發嵐壯댕。

 

瞳쌈苟來돨寧,兩쾨裡,콱對Mission Creek唐痂麼퍅덤

繫過離솅實踐렘駕뵨對護잿員묏進契뫘쑹돨텬訓,繼續評뮌鹿瓊륩務훙員돨羹質。

Presentation Center Recipient:  Gertrudes Layug

Gertrudes Layug is a 91 year old woman who attends Presentation Center.  She was interviewed by John Tinloy, Director of Services and Outreach on 3/19/2019.

Please tell me something about yourself.

I grew up in the Philippines. I worked as a sales lady in a department store where I met my husband who was a cashier.  We had two girls and one boy. My son was a seaman. He got sick and passed away two years ago. My eldest daughter works for the Filipino Government and my youngest daughter is in San Francisco.

I came to San Francisco in 1995, with my husband, to care for my three grandchildren.  They’re grown now. One is a Muni driver, one delivers home-delivered meals to seniors in San Francisco and one is a law student in Boston.  

When did you begin coming to SteppingStone?

My husband and I enrolled together in SteppingStone in 2006.  He passed away in 2014.

What has it been like coming over these years?

I enjoy coming to the Presentation Center.  I feel stronger. I like talking with others.  It’s lonely at home just watching TV.  

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How often do you come now?

I attend 5 days a week!

What do you like most about coming?

I like going to the gym to exercise.  I’m 91 years old and the physical therapy makes me stronger. 

What would you say to someone like yourself who is considering joining SteppingStone?

I brought a church friend to visit the center last week.  She liked it and will join soon!

There is no reason not to go because they pick you up and take you home.  The exercises make you stronger and you get to talk to people and make friends.  It makes you strong and happy!

收件人:Gertrudes Layug

人瑞Gertrudes Layug 女士 ,今年91歲,為 Presentation Center會員。於19/19/2019接受John Tinloy的專訪。

請告訴我一些關於你的故事。

我生於長於菲律賓。曾在一家百貨公司擔任銷售員,在那兒與我的丈夫相識,相愛,當時他是一位收銀員終於共結連理。我們有兩女一兒。兒子是位海員,於兩年前病逝。大女兒在菲律賓政府工作,小女兒現居於舊金山。

1995年,為了照顧三個孫兒我與外子遷居舊金山。如今均已長大成人。一個為公車司機,一個在舊金山為老年人提供家庭送餐,另一為波士頓的法學院學生。

你是什麼時候開始參加SteppingStone的?

我丈夫與我在2006年一起參加了SteppingStone。他於2014年去世。

請說說您的生活近況?

很高興來到Presentation Center。使我感覺自己更壯健。平時我喜歡和別人交往,聊天。可是如果整天呆在家看電視,我會覺得很孤單。

你多久來一次?

我每週5天!

在本中心你最喜歡做什麼?

我喜歡到健身房鍛煉身體。我今年91歲,物理治療讓我感覺更強壯。

對一些計畫加入SteppingStone的人,您會怎麼說?

我上週帶了一位教會朋友來中心參觀。她喜歡極了,很快就決定加入為會員!

我認為沒有理由不參加,因為中心每天由專人負責接送。運動讓你更強

壯,同時還可以與人交談,聊天,結交更多的朋友。在此能讓你變得又強壯

又快樂!何樂不為!