This past Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) honored its 450 formerly homeless tenants with a carnival-themed “Tenant Appreciation Party”—the second annual event since its inception last May. DISH’s tenants enjoyed food, an open-mic talent show, games, tenant art displays, and more throughout the event. Staff from DISH and the Department of Public Health’s Support Services were on hand to serve food and coordinate activities for the supportive housing tenants.
Lauren Hall, Co-Director of DISH said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to show appreciation for our tenants and honor their resiliency and strength.” Tenants in turn were appreciative to DISH for the event to celebrate them: “This was a great invite, and I’m proud to live at Le Nain, [one of DISH’s six supportive housing sites]; thank you for inviting me,” said one tenant who participated in the talent show for the second consecutive year. Another tenant expressed: “It was a great party and you guys really take good care of us. Thanks for everything you do.”
The purpose of the event emanates from DISH’s Mission and works toward the organization’s ultimate goals. DISH seeks “to demonstrate the healing effects of home and stable community, to reinforce the self-worth of persons who have not had access to a clean, beautiful place to live, and to involve tenants in healthy and life affirming activities.” Speaking to the effectiveness of the event, Co-Director, Doug Gary, said, “I’m grateful every day for getting to do this work; seeing the tenants all together and having a ball made this day extra special.”
DISH, a project of Tides Center, is a San Francisco non-profit property management organization dedicated to housing formerly homeless adults with complex health, mental-health, and substance-use issues. DISH’s Mission is to provide excellent property management services to help end homelessness in San Francisco.