SparkPoint

Plaza Adelante

SparkPoint San Francisco logo1 + 1 = 3? You bet it does at SparkPoint!

Surprisingly, it’s a simple equation: SparkPoint clients who use two or more services are three times more likely to reach their goals than clients who use only one service!

With the sponsorship of United Way of the Bay Area, Plaza Adelante has become your Mission neighborhood center. SparkPoint’s experts help families create step-by-step plans to tackle their unique needs, connecting them to services that address each issue they are experiencing. We know changes do not happen overnight, as problems develop over time; therefore, SparkPoint centers work with each family to understand their unique needs, as they are start to achieve their goals.

The centers are a one-stop location for comprehensive services, from personalized financial coaching and computer skills to tax preparation and small-business development. This innovative model of service integration enables families to move up the career ladder, as they garner financial security and lead successful lives.

About Plaza Adelante

Education.  Empowerment. Prosperity.

Plaza Adelante is changing the face of asset development in San Francisco. What was once a 21,000-square-foot furniture store at Mission and 19th streets in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District has been magically transformed into Plaza Adelante—the Mission neighborhood center where MEDA is at the vanguard of providing services to a financially challenged constituency. Actually, this spot is the first and only community center explicitly devoted to asset development. Designed to help families–and whole communities–overcome barriers to prosperity, Plaza Adelante was created for hard-working Latino families and offers a holistic set of services in a fully bilingual English-Spanish environment.

Through its nonprofit partners, Plaza Adelante provides services that build personal and financial assets for low- and moderate-income Latino families. Since its opening in March 2010, Plaza Adelante has become a vibrant community space, with art exhibits by local artists, the retail Mercadito business incubator and lively events, ranging from panel discussions to trainings to social events. Its welcoming atmosphere makes a clear statement to Latino families: this space belongs to them and is here to help them achieve their dreams.

Plaza Adelante is a forward-thinking, timely and relevant space for Latino families and the community organizations that serve them.

Plaza Adelante Tenants

Through its tenants, Plaza Adelante provides the best in quality services that help low- and moderate-income Latino families reach their goals. Each nonprofit and small business that calls Plaza Adelante home offers stellar programs that, on their own, achieve results and help families achieve goals. The combined scope of resources creates a continuum of services that coaches families through the process of economic empowerment. This approach does more than create individual victories–it can strengthen families, whole neighborhoods and communities.

Current Tenants List

El Mercadito – Suite 102

Workforce Development - Suite 103

One Purpose School – Suite 104

Family Independence Initiative – Suite 105

Good Samaritan Family Resource Center – Suite 106

Causa Justa :: Just Cause – Suite 201

Home Green Home/Wages – Suite 201B

Plaza Adelante Tech Center - Suite 203

Mission Economic Development Agency – Suites 301, 303 & 304

Leadership

Plaza Adelante is supported and guided by an accomplished team of San Francisco’s leaders in economic and community development:

Plaza Adelante Honorary Committee
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, California State Assembly
Supervisor John Avalos, City and County of San Francisco
Bill Becker, Comerica Bank
Fred Blackwell, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
China Brotsky, Tides
Supervisor David Campos, City and County of San Francisco
City Treasurer José Cisneros, City and County of San Francisco
Cheryl Evans, Citibank
Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senate
Bob Friedman, Friedman Family Foundation
Christina Garcia, Mayor’s Office of Community Investment
Debbie La Franchi, Strategic Development Solutions
Senator Mark Leno, California State Senate
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, City and County of San Francisco
Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor
Eric Quezada, Dolores Street Community Services
Rebeca Rangel, Bank of the West
Vicente Reyes, Attorney, Small Business Owner
Mario Salgado, Consultant
Kat Taylor, Board member, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and OneCalifornia Bank
Assemblymember Phil Ting, California State Assembly
Claudia Viek, California Assoc. for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
Michael R. Walker, US Bank

Steering Committee
Orson Aguilar, Co-Chair, The Greenlining Institute
Myrna Melgar, Co-Chair
Luis R. Cancel, San Francisco Arts Commission
Theresa Fay-Bustillos Mario Paz, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
Leigh Phillips, Bank On San Francisco
Mike Stanley, US Bank
Laura Valdez, CAMINOS Pathways Learning Center
. . . and the MEDA Board of Directors