Month: April 2017

East Bay Gives

East Bay Gives is a 24-hour online giving blitz supporting Bay Area nonprofits. We hope you’ll show support for our Hayward Team by donating.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, East Bay Gives aims to mobilize Bay Area residents to give $5 million to support hundreds of nonprofits, and Downtown Streets Team is one of them.

Just last year, we launched a Team in Hayward, and since then we’ve had terrific success in rebuilding people’s lives. So far, 3 people have secured employment and our Team Members have collected and removed over 6,600 gallons of trash and debris from Hayward’s city streets. Wow!

To continue our work, we need support from the community. It takes everyone’s collaboration to end homelessness, and it begins in your town.

What To Do on May 4

  1. Give on May 4, 2017, in honor of your Hayward Streets Team.  If you want to make an even greater impact, give during the 6-7pm hour and we could win $3,000!
  2. Join us for a Mixer. Get to know your Hayward Streets Team.World Famous Turf Club
    Thursday May 4, 2017
    5 – 7 pm
    22519 Main Street
    Hayward, CA 94541

Your Gift Helps People Just Like Caleb

A refugee from Liberia, Caleb knows struggle and loss better than any of us ever should. Yet, he chooses to look forward with optimism and brighten the lives of the people around him. With assistance from Hayward Economic Development Division, we discovered job openings at Mission Foods. Thrilled by this opportunity, Caleb decided to apply — and guess what? He got the job and is now working as a Machine Operator!

As well as bringing pride and new purpose to his life, this new job will also allow Caleb to take care of himself and his ailing mother. He is filled with deep gratitude for all of those who supported him on this journey and wants to give a shout-out to the City of Hayward, Bad Business Model Bikes for providing him with new wheels so he can travel to work more easily. He also wants to thank his fellow Streets Team Members and Staff for their support and encouragement. We are so excited for Caleb’s success, he is a true inspiration to all who know him!

Give today to help end homelessness in Hayward.

 

Vote to Help us Launch a Team in Mountain View

Downtown Streets Team has been recognized as a FINALIST for Inspire Mountain View, a collective of tech companies and committed community partners who are offering significant dollars to preserve the diversity of the community and strengthen the quality of life in Mountain View.

Beginning today thru April 21st, we are asking for your VOTE to expand our model of ending homelessness to the community of Mountain View, which has seen a 99% increase in unhoused individuals between 2013- 2015.

What $100,000 Will Help Us Accomplish

Through this $100K funding ask, we will launch our eighth Streets Team and offer employment opportunities in the field of culinary arts, serving approximately 13% of the community’s homeless population.

There are 8 total finalists in the $100K category, and the PUBLIC determines the winner!

 

Make Your Voice Heard

 1. VOTE today! (it only takes a moment)

2. SHARE with family, friends, social networks.

3. VOTE only once in the $100K category

Thank you for helping us rebuild lives through the dignity of work. With your vote today, we’re closer to ending homelessness.

Providing Jobs, Housing and Hope

Written By Mayor Edwin M. Lee

If someone ventured down to the Dolby Laboratories headquarters on Wednesday, they would have immediately noticed a large group of people decked out in brightly colored yellow t-shirts. These individuals were impossible to miss, and they had every right to be recognized. They were all members of the Downtown Streets Team, and each of them were working to turn their lives around.

The Downtown Streets Team is a non-profit that connects jobs and housing opportunities with men and women dealing with homelessness. The organization, which partners with public agencies and private companies, marked its one-year anniversary in San Francisco on Wednesday, and we were happy to take part in that celebration.

Through the Downtown Streets Program, each participant is given a job cleaning and maintaining city streets. Since the launch of the initiative, 28 residents have received jobs and 13 have been placed into supportive housing. Additionally, they have helped remove some 206 tons of debris from San Francisco’s streets. The program recipients enjoy the benefits of employment and housing, and City neighborhoods gain from having cleaner streets and sidewalks.

Most of the cleanup efforts to date have focused on the Civic Center and Union Square — with special attention devoted to areas linking Market Street to City Hall. Following the success of those endeavors, the Downtown Streets Team plans to expand to the Tenderloin and other neighborhoods.

The initiative is able to grow due to the support from partners such as Dolby, which provides funding for the Downtown Streets Team. This partnership is another example of the city working together to pursue policies that benefit all our residents.

That was our mindset when we started the Central Market/Tenderloinproject, an initiative that invests in new public spaces, helps small businesses and supports art installations in the area. The Downtown Streets Team complements those efforts. It creates housing opportunities, offers resources and services to homeless residents, and works on addressing quality-of-life issues in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. That mission is carried out with compassion, dignity and respect.

I can see firsthand how much it means for the workers to take part in the Downtown Streets Program. They are proud to have jobs, and are looking forward to finding a place to call home. Every San Franciscan deserves to have that feeling, and we are working hard to make that a reality.

This post was written originally for Medium. View the original post.