Week 10 of Shelter in Place: The Perfect Time to Reflect

May 20, 2020

A Time For Reflection For many, grappling with what reality could be in the future is difficult to accept. This crisis has challenged us to redefine “normal” and has even revealed deep underlying issues, and more importantly, key strengths within ourselves and our society. As we move towards the future, we are forced to assess what is important to keep versus what we want to change –  a challenge that our Francisco Middle School Beacon […]

Staff Saturday: Elementary School Academy

April 22, 2020

ESA staff providing emergency childcare to a handful of kids Commuting to work has never been easy for anyone, including Elementary School Academy (ESA) staff. All of us remember the troublesome commute of going to SF from the East Bay—getting up really early to beat the morning traffic, opening up Waze to find which backroads […]

ESA Program During Pandemic

April 21, 2020

A Change in Pace Before the pandemic, almost everything at TEL HI was done communally. Whether it was staff gathering for an important meeting, seniors eating lunch in our dining room, or preschoolers chasing each other in the play area, every process, activity, and program involved people interacting with others, and the Elementary School Academy […]

TEL HI STRONG Community Board

April 20, 2020

From the bottom of our hearts, our Staff wants to thank our Community for all their support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re giving an hour of your time to volunteer, donating an in-kind or monetary contribution, or simply spreading news of our work across the neighborhood, all your time, contributions, and effort are helping […]

Senior Sunday: Mary Wong

April 5, 2020

Mary Wong is a senior lunch program attendee and comes to TEL HI for what is usually her only meal of the day. She lives alone with her son with special needs and has no nearby family. Nonetheless, she carries an admirable aura one could describe as tranquil, untroubled, wise, and self-assured beyond measure. Still, […]

Staff Saturday: Senior Program

April 4, 2020

For Koletti Leha, TEL HI’s Senior Program & Family Services Manager, and other Senior Program Staff, their jobs are more than just a source of financial means—they’re a means to supporting the community, particularly the seniors of TEL HI’s senior lunch program.   The program serves as a second home for many of our seniors […]

Senior Lunch Program During COVID-19 Crisis

April 1, 2020

A Home Away From Home On a normal day, TEL HI’s senior room is bustling with seniors going about their daily routine –some sip on their morning cup of coffee, some watch the morning news, and others chat with their peers, simply enjoying each other’s company. What brings this group of seniors together are hot […]

A Letter from our CEO: We are TEL HI STRONG

March 27, 2020

Dear TEL HI Supporters, During this time of crisis, our primary focus is on everyone’s health and safety. So, we have been taking countless precautions like sanitizing our facilities, having our programs meet online, following guidance on best health practices by credible government organizations like the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), and practicing […]

Beyond the Roots: STEAM’s Gardening Classes

March 11, 2020

Last week, I had the chance to interview Rebekah Foster who oversees TEL HI’s STEAM programs. For background, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and is a holistic educational approach to teaching students. The programs’ goals are to inspire students to think critically, be curious, and solve problems in a uniquely creative […]

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