We hope your holiday season is full of fun, laughs, good eats, and lots of love. We have much to be grateful for as we reflect on 2012 and look forward to 2013! We love a top ten list at the end of the year, so here are, drumroll please…
DISH’s Top Ten Successes for 2012
1. ENDING HOMELESSNESS! In 2012, 104 tenants moved into a DISH building, and now have a safe place to call home. Our tenant communities at our six supportive housing sites continue to thrive. One tenant described his experience during his first year at DISH as “the chance I needed to get back to where I want to be in life. Before I was at the Camelot my life was a mess. I was using and homeless and couldn’t get it together. Now that I am at the Camelot I have started taking care of myself and am volunteering out in the community.” At DISH we get to see firsthand the incredible opportunity that supportive housing provides for people to get back on their feet.
2. HOLIDAY CHEER! Our holiday season celebrations are in full swing. At each building we served a Thanksgiving feast partially donated by Whole Foods to over 400 tenants with live entertainment from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Tenants came out in droves to enjoy a meal together and share thoughts about being thankful. We look forward to more parties in December! This year, thanks to our donors, we will be giving all of our tenants a bag of gifts to brighten up their holiday. If you’d like to be part of our December holiday celebrations as a volunteer or sponsor, contact Quang Nguyen (email@example.com). We’d love to have you!
3. A HEALTHY COMMUNITY! Thanks to the work of our Community Builder, Jennifer Park, DISH launched our first Health and Wellness Fair to emphasize the importance of self-care and to link tenants to resources in the community. Our tenants got together for an afternoon of fun that included acupuncture, massage, flu shots, a photo booth, goodie bags, a dance party, and more! We had great support not only from our donors, but also our community partners at Salesforce.com,Walgreens, the Red Cross, Care through Touch, ClownZero and many others!
4. TENANT APPRECIATION PARTY! Thanks to the generosity of our donors and our great staff, we celebrated our tenants again this past year in May and had a great turnout. Highlights of the event included a display of amazing talent during the open mic and many raffle prizes including a flat screen TV! This event is quickly becoming a DISH tradition and our turnout increases each year. We love seeing our tenants get out of their homes and into the community where they can connect with other tenants and be celebrated.
5. GOING GREEN! DISH was awarded a grant from the City of San Francisco Community Challenge Grant Program and the Public Utilities Commission to install sidewalk gardens in front of our buildings. We will be getting started on the gardens very soon and look forward to adding more green spaces to the Tenderloin and Mission!
6. SOCIAL MEDIA! We are trying to get the word out about our excellent work in new ways and are now on Facebook and Twitter. You can become a DISH evangelist by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. We’d love your feedback and your help in getting us to 300 likes on Facebook by the end of 2012!
7. BUILDING UPGRADES! We have made great progress on our goal to make improvements in every tenant unit. By the end of this year, we will have fully renovated 90% of our units. Thanks to our partnerships with our building owners, we continue to make major upgrades to our building systems to improve the lives of our tenants. At the Windsor Hotel our new elevator is running beautifully, and we were able to move in 50 new tenants this year! We continue to make progress on a major overhaul of the Empress elevator and look forward to getting that project fully underway in early 2013.
8. COMMUNITY RECOGNITION! We were delighted to be profiled inPhilanthropedia‘s reviews of Bay Area organizations addressing homelessness. One of DISH’s peers gave us this glowing review: “The organization provides property management services to formerly homeless individuals with some of the most significant barriers to housing stability. They have exceptional results for the field as far as promoting long-term housing stability.” We look forward to accomplishing even more in the future.
9. HAPPY HOUR! DISH loves a party almost as much as we love our tenants, and we had a blast celebrating our 6th anniversary with many of YOU – our supporters. We raised over $30,000 and enjoyed inspiring remarks from our speakers District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, Director of HOPE Bevan Dufty, and DISH’s own advisory board member Nancy Ortberg. We will be celebrating our 7th anniversary in the fall of 2013 and we hope to see you there!
10. YOU! Thank you so much for your continued support for DISH. We are honored to have your financial and moral support! Please consider a year-end donation for DISH. Every dollar we raise helps DISH welcome our tenants back home. Your tax-deductible gift is very important to us, whether $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or whatever! You can make a donation by returning the enclosed envelope or online-just click the DONATE NOW! button on our homepage. You can also make an in-kind donation by purchasing something for our tenants on our DollarDays Wishlist. Thank you for your commitment to social justice and providing everyone with a home this season.
Lauren and Doug, and the DISH crew