'Design will be life altering': Tech startup builds extra lovely Bay Space for homeless ladies & kids


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — ABC7 Information is devoted to telling tales about individuals and locations in our group who’re constructing a greater Bay Space, together with a tech firm that labored to enhance the lives of homeless ladies and kids in San Francisco.

“We actually wished to make the area really feel cozy and heat,” mentioned Alessandra Wooden, the VP of Model for Modsy, a web based inside design startup, headquartered in San Francisco.

“We had talked about eager to do one thing particular to offer again,” mentioned Wooden. Quickly their 4th anniversary, Wooden and a workforce of 40 got down to rework the Star Neighborhood House in in the future.

“This can be a ladies’s shelter, a shelter for mothers and their kids and we wished them to really feel particular,” defined Wooden.

Now youngsters dwelling on the Richmond District shelter, are having fun with their colourful new playroom, stylish group eating area and opulent mom’s nook.

“I just like the home windows and every little thing,” exclaimed 4-year-old Kabab Yohannes, who has been dwelling at Star Neighborhood House along with his mom and youthful brother for 2 years and is now having fun with the house’s new furnishings, toys, and cheery décor.

Kate: “What do you consider the sofa?”

Kabab: “Its cozy!”

Kabab’s mom, Ruta Eyasu, got here to the U.S. from Eritrea, via political asylum. However, she and her boys ended up homeless in San Francisco, till Catholic Charities discovered them a spot at Star.

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“They assist me for every little thing and now I am protected,” Eyasu mentioned.

Since they opened seven years in the past, Star Neighborhood House has housed greater than 1,100 ladies and kids.

15 households can keep on the house at a time. And on common, they keep for six months.

Ninety % of Star households go away as a result of they discovered secure housing.

Simply final week, Star helped Eyasu and her kids safe new housing in San Francisco.

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“I acquired a home, yeah, I am so blissful,” mentioned Eyasu via an enormous smile and snicker.

Star Neighborhood House program director, Lucia Lopez, has observed that ever because the Modsy makeover, different Star households have been blissful too.

“All of the employees have observed it, for some purpose this new transformation has helped the households be nicer to one another, and attempt to assist one another, participating in a extra constructive means, particularly locally room.”

“Design will be life-changing,” mentioned Wooden, who says that sooner or later, Modsy hopes to unfold the like to extra areas in want.

One other San Francisco tech firm has been instrumental within the Star Neighborhood House. The Salesforce Basis has offered crucial help and funding to the shelter for a few years.

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