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UnidosUS Scales “FinancialWorks,” Partners with The Financial Clinic and MEDA for Expanded National Impact

A May 2017 report by Financial Finesse examined how behaviors over time can create a cycle of hindered financial wellness. The study found that Latinos nationwide are not faring well, with 49 percent in the “struggling” or “suffering” categories of financial health; this compares to 23 percent for Asian Americans and 26 percent for Caucasians….

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Dancer Jeremy Smith Steps into a New Role as MEDA Tax Volunteer

“Volunteering is about more than taxes. People come in expecting that just their taxes will be done, but they end up with so much more,” says MEDA Free Tax Preparation volunteer Jeremy Smith. Over the last three months, Jeremy has gingerly balanced his life as a dancer at ODC with his desire to give back…

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Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos’ Speech at 2018 Tax Season Volunteer Thank-You Event

With the season having ended this week, it was time last night to honor the almost 150 volunteers who served 4,400 community members, with around $5 million returned via free tax preparation in San Francisco. At the event, Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos (photo, right, accompanied by volunteer Noemi Chin-Moran), gave an impassioned speech,…

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“Eighth Annual Walk Around the Block” Showcases Need for Equity of Quality Child Care and Early Learning

Co-authored by: MEDA Community Leadership Development Manager Lucia Obregon Mission Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Program Manager Ada Alvarado Wednesday was an important day in San Francisco, as the “Eighth Annual Walk Around the Block” took place. Enthusiastic families — accompanied by staff from child care centers and early education programs — gathered on City Hall’s…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood is Keeping Families in Affordable and Stable Housing, While Decreasing the Student Mobility Rate

MEDA and Mission Promise Neighborhood are fulfilling our vision by keeping families in San Francisco via connections to viable options for stable and affordable housing. We are solving the affordable-housing crisis through collective solutions. In addition to connecting families to eviction-protection services and the below-market-rate (BMR) apartment lottery, Mission Promise Neighborhood Family Success Coaches connect…

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A Promise Delivered for our Mission Students

by Mission Promise Neighborhood Director Richard Raya MEDA is the lead agency of the Mission Promise Neighborhood. All San Franciscans should be dismayed by the Chronicle story [“A child left behind: SF student failed every class in high school,” March 28, 2018 ], which showcased a student who Booker T. Washington Community Service Center agency…

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MEDA Client Secession Art & Design the First Recipient of Grant from New San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneur Fund, Mayor Farrell Hands out Check

Today was a memorable day for MEDA Business Development client Eden Stein (photo, right), as Mayor Mark Farrell presented the entrepreneur with a $5,000 check to expand her venture, Secession Art & Design. Eden’s commercial gallery, which has been a fixture on Mission Street for over a decade, is the initial recipient of a grant…

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Inspirational Latino Leader César Chávez

  César Chávez and the Mission District of San Francisco are intricately intertwined.  Please take some time this César Chávez Day to reflect on all the great work this inspirational leader did to make our Mission community — and the world — a better place. Here are the “Top 10 Things You Should Know About César Chávez” Chávez…

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Perseverance Leads to Housing Win, New Home for Ana Acosta and Her Daughter

When a few years ago they razed Candlestick Park — site of many sports victories over the years — a new win occurred for San Franciscans in the form of hundreds of units of affordable housing on the historic site. Emblematic of that win last week was bakery worker Ana Acosta and her toddler, Daniela,…

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Keeping the Promise: Our Mission Promise Neighborhood Kids Are Graduating from High School

The Montoya-Alcocer Family. Josue Alcocer is a 2017 John O’Connell High School graduate. He is now attending City College. Photo credit: Madeleine Bair Co-authored by: MPN Director of Program Evaluation, Learning & Impact Morgan Buras-Finlay John O’Connell High School Principal Susan Ryan There is some great news coming out of John O’Connell High School: Graduation…

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