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Our Man Charles

4.6.14
One day in 2011, I was making an SF Smiles furniture delivery to a family in San Francisco’s Sunnydale neighborhood when a tall, slender man who was enjoying the fresh outdoor air began eagerly chatting with me. He had that laid-back, congenial presence that you associate with the South. His name was Charles, and he had very recently moved into an apartment with his wife Bridgette. But they had no furniture.
I couldn’t believe the serendipity of our …

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SF Smiles is Feelin’ the Love

2.27.14
February is the month of love and February 2014 is one that will forever hold a special place in our hearts here at SF Smiles. This month, SF Smiles received the most amazing and needed gift by the United Council of Human Services: storage space! You know that a program has heart and is fueled by love when it so willingly offers what it has to make a …

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Silent Film: The Couch

2.12.14
A couple of weeks ago, I met with Chad (the founder and all-around star of SF Smiles) and Charles (an energetic SF Smiles volunteer) near the corner of Duboce and Valencia in San Francisco. It was evening, but Chad and Charles weren’t winding down any time soon. They were doing a large “pick up” of household items donated to SF Smiles, which they would deliver the same night to a home on Treasure Island.
Nearly all of the …

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Pittsburgh’s Street Doctor

2.3.14
Dr. Jim Withers of Operation Safety Net administers to the homeless population of Pittsburgh, alongside Mike Sallows, who was himself homeless for seven years. Sallows was the first of the duo to bring blankets and food to the homeless at night, often searching for them under Pittsburgh’s many bridges. Seeing that the homeless had serious medical needs, Dr. Withers asked to join Sallows on his visits. Sallows agreed and advised him, “Don’t dress like a doctor.” Dr. …

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Play it Forward

1.26.14
The last time I stepped into a big box store, a startling reality struck me: everything in the store that could not be consumed would one day end up in the landfill. Gulp. My mind wandered to visions of Costco-sized holes in the ground and images of my 3 year old daughter one day raising her children in a house perched atop a pile of all of our old junk. As unsettling as the reality is, I …

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It’s the Small Things: What Does an Alarm Clock Mean to You?

1.21.14

What does an alarm clock mean to you?
Scenario:
Your usually reliable phone inexplicably shuts off during the night, so your 7 a.m. alarm doesn’t go off.
You oversleep, leave late for work, and hit the peak rush hour traffic that you would have otherwise avoided. The time spent oversleeping plus the time spent in extra traffic causes you to miss your morning meeting. You’re embarrassed, frustrated, and worried.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a stable, professional job, it might …

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"Two words come to mind when I think of Chad and SFSmiles - Miracle Worker!"

Sharon Bechtol, Volunteer and Donations Coordinator , Homeless Prenatal Program

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