Turkeys, Groceries and Kindness Bring Holiday Cheer

Better Together – Once again, neighbors fanned out across the southern neighborhoods of San Francisco to bring turkeys, fixings and kindness to those in need.  This would not have been possible without the financial support from the Glide Food Program, Barbara Garcia, Director of the SF Dept. of Public Health whose contribution supported the 221 additional turkeys and trimmings for families in the Bayview, Community Living Campaign and a gift of extra turkeys from the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.  This generosity helped us expand to reach an additional 360 families this year, bringing the total to over 1400.  

Thanks to our hosts – Thanks are also due to IT Bookman Community Center, Joseph Lee Recreation Center and the Bayview Opera House for providing places to receive and organize delivery, and to Mission Language and Vocational School for providing a site to pack and to store the additional groceries until ready for delivery.  To get an idea of the reach of this effort, below is a list of the organizations that stepped up to deliver to those they knew could benefit from this holiday goodwill.  

In the Bayview –  the following organizations and faith communities participated in outreach and delivery: Alive and Free – Omega Boys Club, YMCA, Bilingual Soc. Svc. Unit, Carecen, CLC Bayview Home Delivery /HP UNITI, George Davis Senior Center, Horizons Unlimited, Imani Breast Cancer Group, Jail Program, Joseph Lee Clients, Latino Mother’s Group,  Rafiki Health & Wellness Coalition, Reducing Stigma in the South East (RSSE), Samoan Solutions, SFUSD/Emily Wade Thompson, Southeast Health Center, and Young Community Developers.  And Faith Communities: All Hallows & Our Lady of Lourdes, Calvary Hill Community Church, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Double Rock Baptist Church, Grace Tabernacle Community Church, New Life Fellowship Church, New Providence Baptist Church, Olivet Baptist Church, Providence Baptist Church, St Paul’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, St. Marks Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, True Hope Church of God in Christ, United House of Prayer, and Without Walls Christian Fellowship.

In the OMI, help came from Cayuga Community Connectors, El Bethel Baptist Church, I.T. Bookman Community Center, Inner City Youth, Lutheran Church of Our Savior Seniors, OMI Home Delivered Grocery Program/CLC, OMI Neighborhood Volunteers, OMI Seniors Center /Catholic Charities, Parkmerced/University Park Home Delivered Grocery Program, Second Union Baptist Church, and Temple United Methodist Church.

Too many committed individuals helped out to name them all, but a “special thank you” is due to George Guidry and Joselyn Barrera of Glide; Veronica Shepard, Dept. of Public Health and Valeria Lewis, Co-lead; Deb Glen, Chester Williams, Saralyn Archie and Reggie Williams, Community Living Campaign.   

See some of these dedicated folks at work below.  Photos by Judith Sandoval, Kate Kuckro and Marie Jobling. 

Miraloma Park Focuses on Building Neighborhood Resilience

Article by Mary Hunt, Senior Beat Reporter with Photos by Gene Cohn

“A few weeks ago, the Miraloma Park Improvement Club threw a Neighbor Fest. Some 450 neighbors came.

Like other Neighbor Fests around the city, the purpose was to gather people together and turn “strangers into neighbors and neighbors into friends.” This Fest, however, also included extensive disaster preparedness information along with the hotdogs, coloring books, and camaraderie.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network, one of the co-sponsors, promotes the idea that neighborhoods can become more resilient in the face of disaster if the residents are prepared to handle emergency situations, especially if they’re already looking out for each other on an everyday basis.

To that end, Miraloma Park Improvement Club members and the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team manned booths, along with city agencies and the firefighters from Station 39 on Portola, to help people learn specific ways to maintain safety during and after a disaster.

NERT members demonstrated how to pack a “go bag” for adults and kids to keep under family members’ beds – at the ready if you have to leave in a hurry in the middle of the night, as Santa Rosans did recently in the North Bay wildfires.

Darlene Ramlose, NERT team leader, showed how the tightly packed plastic bags fit into the capacious red go bag. You must have clothes, shoes, flashlight, prescriptions, photo ID, copies of insurance policies, leases. Pack cash in small bills (ATMs won’t work in a disaster and no one will have change, so make it $5s and $1s).

They also handed out lists of emergency supplies and how to prepare your home for a disaster. Other necessities include battery or hand-crank radio and a first aid kit.

In the next booth, Firefighter Hashim Anderson demonstrated how to turn off your home’s gas at the meter, or at the valve under the small manhole cover on the sidewalk in front of your house: Pry the cover off with a long—very long—screwdriver and turn the valve from 12 noon to 9 p.m. with a wrench. He also went over how to change old-fashioned fuses—make sure you replace each one with the same color new one.

One of the most popular stops was Fire Investigator Barbara Brooks’ booth in which she showed everyone, including kids, how to operate a fire extinguisher. “PAS” is the key word—Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher, Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire close to the ground, and Squeeze the trigger, directing the stream of retardant higher as the flames nearing the ground are put out.

“The scoop on poop” booth presented a no-nonsense solution to disposal of human waste if the water is turned off during an emergency. Line the inside of the toilet with two heavy duty layers of tall kitchen trash bags. When ready, seal top bag tightly, remove it and put it inside another heavy duty trash bag. Seal the second bag tightly and place in a garbage bin–et voila! Oh, and add another trash bag to replace the old one.

The event also showcased emergency equipment secured by the MPIC in the participatory budgeting process last year. The neighborhood now has a solar generator to provide power, pop-up tents to provide shelter, radios for the disaster team to remain in contact, and emergency sanitation equipment.

City agencies also contributed their expertise. The Department of Emergency Management mapped the neighborhood’s emergency resources. PGE demonstrated the city’s power grid, the Community Living Campaign signed up older adults for an exercise class—the first step for some 40 seniors to leave their homes and begin engaging in exercise and companionship.

All in all, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training is offered by professional San Francisco firefighters. Contact 415-970-2022 or visit www.sfgov.org/sfnert for a schedule of free training in your neighborhood. A training session is scheduled to start in January at Station 39 on Portola.”

Preserving Memories Great Opportunity to Share Stories

Some activities are special, and the recent “Preserving Memories” Event at On Lok’s 30th Street was just such an event.  Nearly 20 seniors with memories to share were greeted by two teams of interested and engaged seniors from Lick-Wilmerding High School and given the opportunity to preserve their memories and share them with friends and loved ones.  The event was made possible by the generous donation of scanning equipment and day-long technical assistance from Fujitsu.  The San Francisco Tech Council, with support from the Community Living Campaign (CLC), helped organize and promote the event.   If you would like this Preserving Memories event to come to your senior or community center, contact Marie Jobling at (415) 821-1003 ex. 101 or email marie@sfcommunityliving.org. 

Seniors Stand Strong With Each Other and Against Breast Cancer

This year, women and their supporters gather at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior for the 7th Annual Breast Cancer Luncheon.  This year’s guest speaker, Elisaa Hallen, RN, Diabetes Educator and Group Exerciser leader, got participants to their feet in keeping with the event ‘s theme, “A Healthy Lifestyle – Move to Improve”.   Good fellowship, great food (courtesy of Glide) and raffle prizes topped off an luncheon awash in pinkness.   For more information about the LCOS monthly Breast Cancer Support group, contact Barbara Tate at lcos@sbcglobal.net.  For information about other activities in the OMI neighborhood, contact Deb Glen at  debglen1@gmail.com. 

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