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Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Friday, 11 November 2016

November 11, 2016


Dear friends,

Over the past few days, staff and community members have been talking about the results of the presidential election and what it means for us. 

We are hurt and angry that the hateful words and actions of the president-elect had resonance with so many across our country.

Many of our community members and clients are fearful and uncertain about what the coming weeks, months, and years will look like and what the consequences may be for themselves, their families, their friends and allies.

At the same time, we are undeterred in our commitment to supporting and protecting the rights of the most vulnerable among us, and helping to magnify the voices of those who contribute so much to our communities but have been vilified just for being who they are.

We will continue to stand up for our communities of immigrants, of LGBTQI people, of people of color, of poor and working class people, of people with disabilities, of women, of people of all faiths, of people without homes. And we will continue to work tirelessly with all of our communities to ensure that everyone can stand up for their own rights with our support.

We have done this work for more than 30 years and we are ready to do it for many, many more.

We know that many of our supporters, neighbors, and friends, feel at a loss in this moment about what to do next, where to go from here. We encourage you to share these concerns with those around you, to build community, and work to spread that commitment to solidarity.

Our first step is to plan a forum to educate the community about their constitutional rights, have a discussion as to what we should expect from the new president, have an open conversation about fears and concerns, and determine the best way forward at this time. We are also working with partner organizations to develop strategies and mount a unified response. Once we have more details, we will share them with all of you.

We will also keep you posted about any future actions in which we may need your help—to defend our Sanctuary City, to survive in the face of potential funding cuts, to stand up for our friends and neighbors who may need our support.  You can join our email list to stay informed of what actions we are taking or how you can get involved or even make a donation to support our work through the links to the left.

In the meantime, thank you for standing by us and standing with us.


With love and solidarity,

Dolores Street Community Services


Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Friday, 30 November 2012

Donations needed to complete nation’s first LGBT-focused shelter!

Dolores Street Community Services, in partnership with community advocates, the San Francisco Human Services Agency, Supervisor Campos, and Bevan Dufty of the Mayor’s Office of HOPE, has been working hard toward opening the first LGBT-focused shelter in the country.

We are in the final stretch of raising funds to complete this project, and we need your help!

Although the Human Services Agency has committed the vast majority of the funds for the building rehab and furnishings of the shelter, we are currently facing an approximately $100,000 gap to get the project completed.

Read more below or make a donation now to help us complete this important project.


Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Friday, 05 February 2010

2009 Accomplishments

Be sure to check out the accomplishments of Dolores Street's programs in 2009!

Dolores Housing Program
Richard M. Cohen Residence
SF Immigrant Legal & Education Network
Mission SRO Collaborative
Community Planning & Development

Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Thursday, 18 June 2009

Dolores Street Acquires The Dolores Hotel

Dolores Street Community Services recently acquired a 59 until Single Room Occupancy Hotel - coincidentally called The Dolores Hotel - which will provide a next step for our shelter guests in moving into more stable housing.  We'll be beginning rehab of the building in the next few months and hope to have our first residents moving in next Spring.  This will be the first new supportive housing facility to open in the Mission in many years.


Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Thursday, 23 October 2008

New Mission & Vision!

As part of our recent strategic plan, Dolores Street updated our Mission Statement to include the scope of all our new programs and created a Vision Statement as well.  


Dolores Street Community Services works to prevent homelessness, create affordable housing, build community, and empower low-income residents of San Francisco.  We accomplish this through culturally appropriate neighborhood-based services, education, advocacy, and community organizing.



We envision a vibrant and diverse San Francisco where multiple cultures, life experiences and contributions are honored, and all people live with dignity and hope.
  Our vision is of a just and sustainable community where all residents regardless of income, immigration or health status have equal rights and access to resources, and are empowered to fully participate in shaping the Citys future.  Our work toward this vision is guided by the belief that the people most affected by poverty, inequity and injustice should be leaders in creating solutions for the problems they face.



Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Eric Quezada in front of the new mural for homeless people on Clarion Alley in the Mission
Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

We recently received this wonderful letter from students at Saint Ignatius College Prep and wanted to share it with everyone.


Written by Eric Quezada, Executive Director   
Tuesday, 13 May 2008


Hello SF city staff and community supporters:

We hope you are all well. We are writing on behalf of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN), a multi-ethnic coalition of 14 immigrant rights organizations across the city.  We are sure you have been following up the news about the raids and the panic that that has created in our communities.  As the dust settles from the raids last Friday, we know that 73 people were taken. 9-10 were San Franciscans, most have been released pending a deportation trial and only a handful were deported. Of all those detained 3 were youth, 5 were either pregnant or lactating women and we heard of that at least one four year-old who was not picked up at daycare the night of the raid.

Thanks to our city, labor and community organizations partnership through the Sanctuary City work – attorneys were present and ready to deal with our residents, families were provided support and we sent a clear message about our city’s commitment to being a city for all.  Since Friday, we continue to hear that ICE is driving around our neighborhoods sending panic to Mission residents. 

We want to thank each of you for your role in the Sanctuary City work.  While we can not stop ICE from violating our city, we can provide some relief to the families impacted. While many have been involved in this effort the offices of Tom Ammiano and Chris Daly, MOCD, DPH and the Mayor’s office have been particularly invaluable in providing support on this issue. United Way also stepped up in a big way by providing a hotline people could call for help.  We have been working with the American Lawyers Association, SFOP, BAIRC, the Interfaith Coalition, the SF Labor Council and countless other groups to support families in need.  

Just this morning we got another couple of folks who walked in requesting legal representation because family members were picked up the Embarcadero last night… it is awful!  Unfortunately we expect more raids to come.  The good news is we will be better prepared. Please keep up the goodwill and support to our immigrant families –they need it now more than ever.  

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us. 

On behalf of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network

Ana C. Perez, Executive Director
Central American Resources Center (CARECEN)

Eric Quezada, Executive Director
Dolores Street Community Services

Written by Mason Jeffrys, Director of Admin & Development   
Monday, 17 March 2008


- By Jennifer Friedenbach, Coalition on Homelessness

In an outlandish and brazenly dishonest article by Chuck Nevius, columnist for the SF Chronicle, the Coalition on Homelessness citation defense program is blamed for the overdose of James Hill, a man who passed away recently in the San Francisco Library's Main Branch.

Written by Eric Quezada, Executive Director   
Monday, 17 March 2008

Last week I made the mistake of reading one of C.W. Nevius's  columns on homelessness in the Chronicle.  I was so outraged at the column that I made a few calls to other Homeless Service Providers to vent. I was planning to write to the Chronicle but dropped it, however today in the letters to the Editor Someone else wrote a letter that shed some light on the issue.  So I hope it is ok to reprint his letter on our blog. - Eric Quezada

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