Our very reason for existence as an organization is attracting a great deal of attention from the media, politicians and concerned community members. While we are aware of the situation and need a recent story by Jill Tucker in the Chronicle: “S.F. schools struggle with more homeless kids” has brought our cause to a broader audience. The Chronicle story shares the heartbreaking story of one young homeless boy and his daily struggles along with statistics from local authorities on the numbers and costs of services surrounding the homeless situation for kids in our city.
On Friday KQED aired an hour long episode of FORUM (you can download the audio file or listen online via the link) on the topic of homelessness in our schools which featured among others Nicole McAuliffe, director of advancement at Mission Dolores Academy. Former teacher and principal, Nicole is near and dear to COS as Mission Dolores Academy is one of our six partner organizations.
Local community members Marc and Lynne Benioff of Salesforce.com got word of the need and immediately jumped into action to get children off the streets before the holidays. The Benioff’s donated $1.5 million and challenged Mayor Ed Lee and the city to step up to the plate to get things into action before the holidays. Click here for the full story from SFGate.