Happy Holidays and year-end greetings from the DHIC Board of Directors! 2019 has been quite a busy year for all of us as we participated in state legislation, city elections, and town hall meetings regarding our serious neighborhood issues of homelessness, crime, safety and, cleanliness.
Here’s what we accomplished for Dolores Heights in 2019:
Supported the improvement of the Dolores Heights’ staircases in conjunction with the DHIC’s Green Garden Group and SFDPW’s First Saturday “Green Garden Days” as well as our neighborhood Stairway Stewards, who sweep, clean, and cultivate their nearby stairways throughout the year
Continued working with District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, city agency leaders, and other community leaders to obtain shelter and services for homeless people now camping on our streets and in Dolores Park
Secured enhanced neighborhood cleaning, Hot Team, and police services for the areas around Dolores Park and the Castro
Helped to build block groups and participated in a network of Block Safety Leaders throughout Dolores Heights
Hosted Supervisor Mandelman and city officials at our annual Spring and Fall Gatherings
Spoke out on behalf of Dolores Heights at city meetings on safety, housing issues, and homelessness
Partnered with the Dolores Park Ambassadors and San Francisco Parks and Rec to welcome all visitors to a clean and safe Dolores Park
Thank you from the Board of The Dolores Heights Improvement Club! Carolyn Kenady, Chair; John O’Duinn, Vice Chair; Joe Titi, Treasurer; and board members Jennifer Bury, Liz Clark, Rhett Currier, Hans Kolbe, and Bruce Muncil
This newly formed club welcomes members. It’s a great small group of civic folks who volunteer at DHIC’s monthly Green Gardens. The parent Rotary organization supports community projects around the world with volunteers and funding. Some Castro Rotary members are traveling to Guatemala to help with H2Open Doors, the global clean water project. To find out more, visit https://portal.clubrunner.ca/13807 or stop by one of their meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Hamburger Mary’s, 531 Castro Street.
Please consider donating a toy or cash to the 2019 Mission Police Station annual toy giveaway. This Christmas Holiday event being held on December 21 is funded by Mission police officers and by community members. Please consider donating toys or money on behalf of our police officers who’ve served our community during 2018 … and make a child’s holiday happier. You can drop off toys or checks at Mission Station front desk (630 Valencia Street). Make your check payable to: Operation Dream and write write “Mission Station Toy Drive” in the memo section (TAX ID # 94-3220436.) Thanks to all and happy holidays!
On Saturday, October 5 with blue skies and warm temps, about 60 Dolores Heights neighbors came to the DHIC annual Fall Gathering at the top of Sanchez Hill. We closed the block of Sanchez between 21st & Hill Streets for a fun and informative get-together.
Neighbors heard from Jessica Closson, SFPD Community Engagement Liaison for District 8, and from Supervisor Rafael Mandelman about homelessness and housing issues and the work underway to address them. Lots of Q&A and good dialog ensued.
The chairs of DHIC Committees had information about their work and how neighbors can get involved. All of this conversation was leavened by refreshments and a drawing for gift certificates at area restaurants and stores.
Lots of neighbors joined or renewed their memberships for 2020 at the Gathering. DHIC membership runs on a calendar year … and we start the renewal process in October for the coming year. If you missed the Fall Gathering and want to support us, you can download our membership form here. (Coming soon on our website … online membership via credit card.)