California's First Family Joins Mission District Non-Profit And Families At ‘santa’s Workshop’ To Kick Off The Holiday Weekend

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Governor Gavin Newson and their four children spent Saturday morning at one of Mission Economic Development Agency’s (MEDA) affordable housing buildings, Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom, filling Care Book Bags and crafting with Mission District families

To kick off the holiday weekend California’s First Family visited the affordable housing building, Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom for a holiday themed volunteering and crafting event hosted by Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).

Saturday, December 23rd, over 40 MEDA building residents and clients filled the building’s community room while enjoying holiday card decorating, bracelet making and comic book coloring with the First Family. They then collectively filled Care Book Bags with hundreds of free books and community resources that were gifted to other building residents for the holidays.

The First Partner stayed for an immersive tour of Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom’s Good Samaritan Early Childhood Education classrooms with the executive staff and community partners to learn about how the many programs benefit children and families holistically.

“What a special moment for MEDA to host the state’s First Family. To have not just the Governor and First Partner, but also their children come as a family to meet many of ours within one of MEDA’s affordable housing sites, is an honor. Just days away from the holidays, it is a beautiful opportunity to reflect on the stability, safety, and security these buildings and our programs have been able to give the Mission. Thank you to the First Family for spending this season of giving back with MEDA,” said MEDA CEO Luis Granados.

“We are so grateful for the visit from the first family and we believe, like they do, that every child deserves to reach their full potential. That’s what the work we do is all about – that every family is strong and can realize their dreams,” said Good Samaritan Executive Director, Mario Paz.

About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
MEDA is a nonprofit community development agency started in 1973. Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.

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