Constellations was the first gala hosted by Simply the Basics, and joined with Project Homeless Connect, to celebrate the impact made through compassion, collaboration, and innovation.
The propositions on San Francisco’s ballots can be confusing. There are a lot of misleading ads, sometimes it can be challenging to know the long term impact, and while many people in the community want to vote properly to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness - it can be challenging to know how to do so.
Emily Cohen has dedicated her life to changing the way homelessness is addressed in American cities. She has generously shared a guest-blog post with Simply the Basics to provide information on Proposition D for the June 5th ballot so that you can be better informed to vote in favor of our neighbors in need.
Oral health has a profound impact on feelings of dignity and is integral to Simply the Basics’ programs. Helping our neighbors feel dignified, in addition to addressing the long list of physical health concerns related to dental and oral health, are why we distribute thousands of new and unused dental hygiene products every month.
Partnered with Project Homeless Connect, we ensure access to dentures and dentists as well. Learn more here!
In response to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and to the devastating fires across Northern California, Simply the Basics has once again cleared out our emergency disaster relief storage unit.
The Women's Empowerment Day was a spa day for survivors of domestic abuse and women experiencing homelessness. The day included facials, makeovers, hairstyling, massages, head-shots, clothing closet, food, online profile set up, bra fittings, and more! We believe in Dignity, Wellness, and Empowerment to lift women!
There are a few propositions on the San Francisco Ballot this year that are of particular interest to the homeless population, and the one that has come up against a lot of confusion and scrutiny is Proposition Q. Proposition Q would ban encampments on city sidewalks and authorize city officials to remove them 24 hours after offering shelter
"Project Dahlia" is an initiative created by Natasha Noltimier-Strauss, Karen Chan, and Kris Fung, funded by a 2016 Impact Award from California College of the Arts. This initiative aims to support homeless women in San Francisco, by amplifying the work of Simply the Basics.
This past July, Natasha, Karen, and Kris connected with Simply the Basics with the hopes of helping our programs reach a broader audience, improve our marketing capacity, and offer products that could be distributed in outreach events and the community.
The goal is to empower women through hygiene to realize their capacity to overcome homelessness.
Here is their story!
Lydia Montagnese is the IT Director on the Board of Directors for Simply the Basics. She has been with the organization from day 1, strategizing programs and using her tech skills to improve the functionality and operations of the programs. Lydia is the co-founder of Givdo, a gamefied app that allows users to play for free and win money on behalf of nonprofits, and leads Bonjournal, a vegan lifestyle blog. We are proud and grateful to have Lydia's entrepenuerial insight and generous spirit on the Simply the Basics team, and particularly grateful for her friendship!