Eula Sims keeps her home neat. She has her Bibles, which she reads often. She pins a few unframed photographs of her children on the wall next to her daybed. She keeps a dish out with peppermint candy in it. And she makes room for a pink stuffed teddy bear that she says reminds her of her grandson. There’s nothing … Read More
Not many people can point to the exact cause of suddenly becoming homeless, much less put a number to it. For Tri-Nu Little, the number was 31. That’s the number of days it took her rent to increase by $650, a more than 60 percent jump in monthly payments, made insurmountable by the building owner’s decision to stop accepting Section … Read More
POSTED: DEC 18, 2017 11:13AM PST BAY AREA PEOPLE Season Of Sharing – Melody Nichols The story of a young mother whose life was going well, until she started experiencing a mysterious pain in her side. How that pain led her down a rough road and how the Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund kept her on the right path.
POSTED: DEC 18, 2017 11:08AM PST BAY AREA PEOPLE Season Of Sharing – Rosita Watson Someone referred Rosita Watson to the Season of Sharing Fund years ago, but she never pursued it. And then a few months ago, she found herself in a pretty difficult spot, and the referral turned out to be just what she needed.
When Melody Nichols was stuck at home recovering from sudden appendicitis surgery, she kept trying to return to work so she could pay her bills. But her body, riddled with pain, held her back. “It was like God said, ‘Sit there, and let me do my work,’” Nichols said, while drinking a cup of coffee at her grandfather’s kitchen table … Read More
Back before ride-hailing apps became all the rage, San Francisco cabdrivers could make a decent living, especially if they owned one of the 2,000 city-issued medallions. The medallion allowed drivers to own their own cabs, which would mean higher incomes. A medallion was hard to get, so they were treasured, but Mike Mohamed Erakat never got his. He had applied … Read More
Once there were tubs full of Legos to play with. Bikes to pedal under the tall pine trees. Comfy beds to sleep in, and nothing but pretty forest for a front yard, every so often visited by gobbling wild turkeys. But that was then, before the Tubbs Fire torched the Hickman family’s lovely mountain home overlooking the north edge of … Read More
In March, Michael Peterson was a finish carpenter — a skilled artisan with a knack for designing intricate woodwork. In the past, he oversaw as many as six workers executing his plans. Now, in the middle of a work day, he sits at a slightly awkward distance from a visitor in the ballroom of the once-grand, 1920s-era hotel where he … Read More