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Holidays In The Tenderloin: We're Home

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  1. Tenant Profile: Dave Seiler
  2. Partner Profile: NerdWallet
  3. Healthy Holiday Tips
  4. TNDC's Volunteer Program: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership

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Tenant Focus: Dave Seiler
TNDC Resident, Board Member, and Sometimes Santa 


"The people who are living in the Tenderloin have so many struggles, that it's hard to envision a happy holiday. There is lots of social struggle and trying to find a place where you belong, and then the holidays are thrown in your face. It can make it all worse." 

For many years, Dave Seiler lived in TNDC's Civic Center Residence and served as a Resident Representative on TNDC's Board of Directors. After many years in San Francisco, Dave moved to Southern California with the love of his life.


When we asked Dave how he got to where he is, he said it all started one year when a staff member asked him if he would play Santa Claus for a children's party. 


"Volunteering was the starting point for my future being realized. I wanted to give people something to hold on to, some hope. Because no matter what is going on in your life, you can still have hope." Dave says he highly recommends people volunteer, especially for causes focused on social change. (He volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.) Once Dave took that initial step, his life started turning around. Today, he is a happy man and lives a life he loves. 


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Dave Seiler as Santa

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Partner Profile: NerdWallet
Nerds Paying It Forward in the Tenderloin


TNDC is proud that NerdWallet is one of our corporate partners. Founded in 2009, NerdWallet is focused on helping people lead better lives through financial education and empowerment. NerdWallet's employee-led corporate social responsibility program NerdsPayItForward "focuses on empowering [their] neighbors in the Tenderloin to lead better lives through financial education and empowerment.


"There's a great wealth divide happening in San Francisco, and tech companies, including NerdWallet, have a huge opportunity to help diminish it. NerdsPayItForward is our way of encouraging employees to become allies of the surrounding community through educational opportunities with local organizations and frequent volunteer outings in the neighborhood." 


NerdWallet employees have contributed to TNDC's mission by raising funds as "Tosses" at the TNDC 2014 Celebrity Pool Toss, by holding a college financial aid workshop at their offices for our Tenderloin After-School Program (TASP), and frequently tutoring at TASP. NerdWallet employees have become regular volunteer gardeners at TNDC's Tenderloin People's Garden, which is located at Larkin and McAllister Streets in San Francisco's Civic Center. 


Thank you, NerdWallet. We are happy to have you around and proud to partner with you! Thank you for join us in making the world a better place! 


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NerdWallet employees volunteering at TNDC's Tenderloin People's Garden at McAllister and Larkin Streets in Civic Center

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Healthy Holiday Tips


Many of our residents tell us they feel depressed and isolated during the holiday season. We are committed to providing a festive winter holiday season for our residents, which includes individuals, seniors, and families with children. While having stable housing helps beat some winter blues, this time of year is still challenging for many with the colder weather, shorter days, and cultural expectations around family and celebrations.

TNDC staff aim to help break down isolation by creating holiday environments in which everyone can participate. Voluteers assist staff to decorate each of TNDC's 31 buildings, and TNDC holds resident holiday parties, at which volunteers help serve food, in each building.

Our social workers strive to help residents break the cycle of isolation and depression using the best practices and information available. The advice below was published by the Mayo Clinic and is useful for anyone struggling through the season.

1.  Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it is normal to feel sadness and grief. It is okay to take time to cry or express your feelings. You cannot force yourself to be happy just because it is the holiday season.

2.  Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious, or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

3.  Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.  And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

4.  Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

5.  Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.


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A woman and child celebrate Christmas


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TNDC's Volunteer Program
Giving Back Pays Big Dividends For Local Volunteers


TNDC and TNDC's residents gain much from our TNDC volunteers. Individuals and volunteer groups can and do serve many functions at TNDC: working in our offices; providing tutoring in TASP; planting, weeding, and harvesting in our Tenderloin People’s Garden. TNDC would not be able to provide the rich programming we do without this generous support. We are happy to report there are a number of benefits our volunteers gain from their contributions as well, including:

• Improved Health. UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) and the Optum Institute study reveals that people who volunteer report they feel better, physically and mentally, and experience lower stress levels than those who don’t volunteer. Long term, employers who support their staff in community volunteering can expect lower health care costs and decreased levels of stress contributes to higher productivity and levels of engagement.

• Strengthened Work Skills. Volunteer activities build employee skills and contribute to professional development or competencies including leadership and teamwork. Beyond individual skills, group volunteering can generate higher levels of trust between individual employees, and as a result strengthen work teams and relationships.

•  More Time. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time. Wharton Professor Cassie Mogilner wrote in the Harvard Business Review that her research found that those that volunteer their time feel like they have more time. This is similar to other research showing that people who donate to charity feel wealthier. 

Haley Caldwell, TNDC’s Volunteer and Corporate Outreach Coordinator says, “People who volunteer leave feeling connected to and inspired by TNDC’s mission. They come away understanding that TNDC does so much for the community beyond affordable housing. People want to be a part of that.” 


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Volunteers at TNDC's Tenderloin People's Garden


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