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Labor Day Client Success Story: Mission Techie Edwin Gonzales Thriving in Tech World after One Year

Many times it takes work to find work. This was especially true for Edwin Gonzales, who as a 20-year-old left behind his native El Salvador in search of a better life in the U.S. The young man dreamed of transforming his lifelong passion for computers into a job in the tech sector, but he was…

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MEDA Meeting Distinct Tax Challenges of the Low-Income Community

After just five years, MEDA now runs the largest free tax preparation program in San Francisco. While things are super busy during the first part of the year, with everyone trying to meet the April 15th filing deadline, there are still plenty of clients coming through the doors of Plaza Adelante, the Mission neighborhood center,…

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Client Success Story Update: Ada Olmedo on the Bi-Rite Track

On a recent work outing to select produce at a farm in Sonoma, Ada Olmedo had time to reflect on how her life had changed this year. Here she was enjoying idyllic scenery, while garnering work knowledge and feeling part of making a business grow. This contrasts to January 28th, when Ada’s job quickly ended…

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In Her Own Words: Jennifer Martínez, Mission Techies

Through my time at the Mission Techies program, I was able to greatly expand my knowledge regarding technology. Before coming to MEDA, I knew very little about technology and would have a mini-freakout moment whenever our home technology would have problems because I didn’t know what to do. Through this free program, I believe I am…

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1400 Mission Now Home to Twice-Displaced MEDA Clients

Fidgeting. Hair twirling. Foot tapping. Yes, there was an air of nervous anticipation in the air yesterday afternoon at the LGBT Community Center in San Francisco, as the lottery was conducted for below-market-rate (BMR) units at 1400 Mission, a 100 percent affordable-housing development. There were 167 residences for 355 hopeful lottery entrants for these brand-new…

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Youth Jobs+ A Win for the Community this Summer

Ana is at Yerba Buena Alliance planning an event for 2,500 attendees. Demetrios is at Luminalt soaking up knowledge at this solar panel company. Christian spends his summer days surfing, as in gaining web marketing expertise at ROI-DNA. Yes, summer 2015 means getting much-needed employment experience. This contrasts the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of…

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Client Success Story: MEDA Young Adult Client Ron Chong on the Path to an IT Career

At 24, San Francisco resident Ron Chong was seeking an entry point to the region’s booming tech sector. Having attended numerous tech conferences over the past five years, the young adult knew this was the place for him, as he had always had an interest in the digital world. Ron started his journey with a…

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Client Success Story: Hector Ayala’s Taxing Situation Remedied

Hector Ayala is a friendly, dignified 82-year-old Mission resident who likes the feel of a paintbrush in his hand. Now, we’re not talking slapping a new coat of paint on houses: Hector has been painting San Francisco street scenes for years in his rental space on San Carlos Street. All was fine until 2007, when a…

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In His Own Words: Santos Cabrera, Client Success Story

I want to thank MEDA’s Robert Lopez for helping me find a job at Green Chile Restaurant. I am very content with my new job. I needed MEDA’s free Workforce Development program’s help to pursue a job because I wanted a better life for me and my family.” Thank you, Santos Cabrera If you are interested in…

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Startup:Education SFUSD Pilot Program Already Showcasing Community Impact

Eric Mendez was ready to start his life anew. The young man came back to San Francisco after having paid his dues by being incarcerated for several years. One of the first things Eric noticed was that his five-year-old son was not doing well academically. This compelled Eric to immediately pursue full custody of the boy,…

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