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“I know all of our guests will have a memorable night as we celebrate MEDA’s accomplishments — accomplishments that could not be done without a community of support. This party is for everyone,” explains Development Officer – Special Projects, Noris Chavarría of why he has been busy planning ¡VIVA MEDA! for months. With special attention to detail and a history of being the consummate host, Chavarría is guaranteeing a good time for his 300 guests.

The ¡VIVA MEDA! annual gala is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The venue is the spectacular San Francisco Design Center. When Chavarría initially toured this space, he immediately knew it was the perfect spot for such an event.

And what an event it will be, with well-deserving honorees receiving awards, a great meal, an open bar and a dance party. The latter is renowned, as at a MEDA gala everyone gets pulled onto the dance floor by the rhythmic beats of salsa. Those salsa beats will be complemented by the always-popular sounds of a mariachi band.

Honorees will include Janis Bowdler of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Sam Ruiz of Mission Neighborhood Centers, both community innovators in their own right. There will also be an “Employee of the Year” award (a tough decision with MEDA’s dedicated staff!), along with “Family of the Year” and “Rising Leader” awards for clients. All well deserved.

So don your finest outfit — one that you can also dance in — and we’ll see you at ¡VIVA MEDA! on Oct. 12.

Questions? Email Noris, your host.
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CED Grant to MEDA's Adelante Fund
The mission of the Center for Economic Development (CED) is to provide regional leaders with accurate and timely information to address the socio-economic challenges and opportunities facing their area. That’s why CED just awarded an $800,000 grant to MEDA and La Cocina. This pairing has already showcased results over the years: Many MEDA restaurant/catering business clients later accessed La Cocina’s Mission kitchen incubator as a means to launch their venture.
The two community-based organizations will use these CED funds to abet small-business growth, simultaneously creating 40 new jobs for habitually under-resourced residents of San Francisco. The timeline is from October 2016 to September 2019.
Full story.
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Community Real Estate Team Grows
MEDA's Community Real Estate (CRE) program started just three years ago, but has grown into a team of professionals bringing hearts and minds to innovative solutions to ease the Mission's housing crisis. CRE is headed by Director Karoleen Feng (photo, right).

CRE tackles the housing crisis via innovative programs such as Small Sites, HUD's RAD and even by building 100 percent affordable-housing developments. The goal is to produce and preserve housing.

Stemming displacement of Latinos, working-class residents, artists, teachers, families ... that's why the CRE team comes to work each day.
See the impact.
In the News, So You're in the Know
El Tecolote: Community Raises Over $100K for Families Displaced by Latest Mission Fire >>
Mission Local: Affordable Housing Developers Hope to Build Tall in Mission District >> 
San Francisco Chronicle: 2 Ballot Measures Could Expand Voter Roles >>
San Francisco Chronicle: SF Housing Projects Get Help from City >>
SFGate: New 140-Unit Affordable Housing Project Coming to Mission District >>

Read more of MEDA's 85 media mentions for 2016 on our website's press page
Client Success Story: Priscilla Cedillos of Ivory Pear
San Francisco native Priscilla Cedillos, the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador, was a pharmacy technician on the fast track to success. Cedillos had quickly worked her way up to a supervisory position and her career was burgeoning. Yet something felt off.

That’s when Cedillos signed up for MEDA’s free Business Development workshop, a seven-session immersion into all things budding entrepreneurs need to know about starting or bettering a small business. That includes everything from negotiating a commercial lease to handling personal finances.

Seeing success on the horizon, MEDA has now moved Ivory Pear into Plaza Adelante's El Mercadito. Stop by!
Full story. >>

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