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Tonight, Mission Graduates took the first step in ensuring we can continue to serve the Mission District community – with the help of a golden shovel at the future site of Casa Adelante, 2060 Folsom. Surrounded by students from Marshall Elementary, Everett Middle School and John O’Connell High School, Executive Director Eddie Kaufman dug in to begin the groundbreaking on an exciting new chapter in a long history here in the Mission District.

Through a partnership with Mission Economic Development Agency and Chinatown Community Development Center, Mission Graduates is growing into a new space at 2060 Folsom Street.  The soon-to-be home of several of MG’s signature programs, Casa Adelante will provide 127 below-market rate rentals at the corner of 17th Street and Folsom Street, and create permanent space on the ground level for several Mission Promise Neighborhood partners.

At tonight’s groundbreaking event, Mayor London Breed spoke to the importance of creating space for the Mission District community to thrive.  For Mission Graduates, this translates into the development of a dedicated space for students and families, ensuring more students from our community find support on the path to college and career.

“Tonight, we are taking the first step to ensure that Mission Graduates will continue to serve the Mission District for the next 50 years,’ said Executive Director Eddie Kaufman.” As partner in this innovative housing development, Mission Graduates will be able to further our mission and vision that more students not only graduate from college but are able to find meaningful careers that will allow them to remain here in the Mission District.”

The new building, located alongside the newly dedicated In Chan Kaajal (Mi Pueblito) Park, will become a central location for family engagement and college access services for Mission Graduates in the years to come.

Full press release can be found here.

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