Roberto Aparicio Archives

Family Wins Lottery and Moves into BMR Apartment at Five 88 in San Francisco

“Our bathroom is larger than the one room my two children and I used to share,” says a thankful Juana Martinez of her two-bedroom apartment at brand-new FIVE 88 in San Francisco’s burgeoning Mission Bay. Juana (photo, right, showing winning lottery ticket) is the devoted mother of sons Eduardo, a seventh-grader at Everett Middle School,…

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A First-Class Undertaking: San Francisco Teacher Buys a Home

“My teaching newcomers to San Francisco is like I’m coming home. I was in classes like these when I emigrated from the Philippines at age 5. It’s like I am helping myself,” explains Everett Middle School teacher Jan Michelle Bautista of why she loves her job, and of the empathy she exhibits for her sixth-…

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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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Mission Promise Neighborhood Task: Helping Students in Transitional Housing

Being a family success coach for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) team is an exciting, impactful job, with its goal of guiding kids on a cradle-to-college-to-career continuum. This federal program is based on the successful Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, now replicated by MEDA and 26 community partners at a quartet of poor-performing schools…

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