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MEDA Free Tax Preparation Team Returns $4.5 Million to Community

Background Since 2010, MEDA has been providing free tax preparation to the low- and moderate-income Mission community. This is done via the federal government’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free services to those who make under $53,000, persons with disabilities, the elderly and taxpayers with limited English-language skills. The numbers This tax…

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Mission Fire Update: MEDA Assists Client in Landing New Job at Bi-Rite

It was a difficult night on January 28th when Ada Olmedo heard about the fire at Mission and 22nd streets. This was where she had been employed for ten years at the local Popeye’s. All changed in an instant. Ada’s daily routine was no more. The life she knew was gone. Two days later, Ada…

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Client Success Story: Ana and her Son Put on the Path to Achieve

Single mother Ana Alfaro made the difficult decision to leave her native Guatemala with her son, Jose, with the hope of a better life for her small family. The transition proved traumatic for Jose; this was coupled with a speech impediment that led to the monolingual Spanish-speaking adolescent having a hard time fitting in with fellow students…

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Client Success Story: De De Tillman Sings the Praises of Financial Health

De De Tillman is a friendly woman, with an energetic gift of gab that keeps you hanging on every word. “I am a second cousin to Aretha Franklin. I’ve never met her though, and I can’t sing,” she starts off upon meeting her. De De (photo left) has been coming to MEDA’s Plaza Adelante, the…

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Combined MEDA Mission Techies Program and HandUp Donations Change a Life

At 24 years of age, Jordan Wood was lacking direction. After all, summoning up the fortitude to better one’s life is no easy task when you come from an underserved community. Jordan was referred to MEDA by Goodwill. Initially, the young man had little knowledge of the booming tech sector in the Bay Area, as…

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A Mission Life: San Jalisco Restaurant Maintains 60 Years of Ties to Community

Upon meeting Josie Padilla-Reyes, it doesn’t take long to realize that you are in the presence of one of the Mission District’s beloved, longtime residents. It’s also clear that SanJalisco restaurant, around over a quarter century, is beloved by Josie’s family and the community. The true strengths of any business venture are longevity and ties…

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Client Success Story: Karina Acevedo Named MEDA “SparkPoint Client of the Year”

The challenges have been many for Karina Acevedo, the doting mother of a son named Chuy, who was diagnosed with autism in his early infant years. Karina’s goal was to have an affordable place she could call home in San Francisco, her beloved city of two decades—a home where she can meet Chuy’s needs. Family Success…

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The Perks of Being a MEDA Business Development Client: Opening a Coffee Shop

The journey It’s a long journey from growing up with limited opportunities in an impoverished, small town in Mexico to opening your own restaurant in the trendy, foodie-filled Bay Area. That’s the inspiring story of Victor Caicero, an immigrant who came to the United States with a dream that is now a reality for this…

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Client Success Story: Mary Bishop, Workforce Development, In Her Own Words

I learned about MEDA at a job fair and attended their next orientation later that week. It had been several years since I had worked at a traditional job and I was very anxious about looking for work again. The orientation was informative and I was able to meet with Robert Lopez, one of MEDA’s…

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Workforce Client Success Story: Yohana Rodriguez

MEDA me ayudo a conseguir dos trabajos. Estoy muy contenta porque antes de llegar a MEDA yo no tenía nada. El señor Robert Lopez no solo me ayudo con mi currículum, pero me motivo . MEDA es una institución  donde ayudan sin  lucro. Me ayudaron  con transporte, tecnología, y hasta cubrieron el costo de mi…

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