In her comments, Joi made it clear that this process took a village:
I’d like to thank Mayor Breed, President Walton, and especially Supervisor Peskin, Sunny, our District 3 family, and the Lower Polk Community for welcoming us and our youth into your neighborhood and helping to challenge us and make it better for our young people.
I’d like to thank the Youth Commission, Larkin Street’s YAB for fighting for the TAY Nav Center. I’d like to thank the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic staff and board, HSH leadership, staff, and facilities for making sure that we succeeded in starting this up.
To our community partners at Success Centers, SPOA and Ms. Tempi, Mr. Owen Boudry, and our janitorial team. Kristin Houk and “Auntie” April Spears for making the TAY Nav have the BEST food in the housing system, hands down.
To the Harm Reduction Therapy Center for helping us carry out behavioral health services at the Nav when we didn’t have that behavioral support.
To our TAY System of Care folks at DPH and Shelter Health for providing other health services at the Nav.
To Crankstart and Hellman Foundations for investing in wellness and behavioral health at the Navigation Center.
To our housing partners at Larkin Street, Huckleberry, the LGBT Center, LYRIC, Booker T, the HOT Team, and Felton.
And the mentors I reached out to learn more about how to conduct these services: Tomiquia Moss, Ms. Gwen Westbrook (United Council), Ms. Pamela Gilmore (Bayview Hunters Point Foundation), Ms. Shari Woolridge, Mr. Joe Wilson, Ms. Patricia Doyle, Tramecia Garner, Sherilyn Adams.
And most importantly to our youth for trusting 3rd Street and me to carry out your vision of low barrier safe services at the TAY Navigation Center.