Tenderloin Housing Clinic held a tenant and staff picnic Friday at the SOMA Recreation Center. The picnic is believed to have been the first all-tenant picnic or large event held by a major supportive housing provider in San Francisco.
The event, which was held outdoors, had an estimated 300-350 in attendance throughout the day and the line for food never seemed to shorten, while THC staff worked frantically to keep up with demand. Staff and tenant volunteers grilled burgers and hotdogs, and never seemed to stop moving.
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The event was organized by Tenderloin Housing Clinics support service staff as a gesture of appreciation toward the tenants of THC’s hotels. Support services and property management staff attended the picnic, along with the several hundred tenants.
While eating, tenants played chess and dominoes and enjoyed music and the unexpectedly good weather, while waiting for a raffle whose prizes included a refrigerator and a television. There was also a job fair and a health fair where tenants could inquire about employment or discuss working with one of the health services in attendance.
The effort was believed to be a success by THC staff, who reported much positive feedback from the tenants and guests in attendance.