"Education is the key."


-Enola D. Maxwell, Executive Director 1972-2004


The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (The Nabe) was founded in 1907 and has served the local community ever since. Our organization inhabits a 97 year-old Historical Landmark Building (Historical Landmark #86), designed by the renowned Julia Morgan. The Nabe was originally created to help new immigrants living on the Hill and especially those displaced by the 1906 earthquake. Dr. W.E. Parker, Jr., Pastor of Olivet Presbyterian Church at 19th and Missouri Street, responded to the social need by offering English classes for men in 1908 and for women and children soon after. The Nabe incorporated in 1918 under the California Synodical Society of Home Missions. The following year, the revered Julia Morgan was commissioned to design a permanent neighborhood house. The building was completed in 1922 and has since received several additions, including a second building on Carolina Street and two extensions: Fraser Hall and the gymnasium.



The Nabe exists to strengthen community life and individual well-being among Potrero Hill and southeast San Francisco residents. We have strategic partnerships with government agencies, other community organizations, and businesses who are committed to enhancing the lives of underserved children, families, and seniors most impacted by the effects of globalization, technology, gentrification, and construction. The Nabe offers free or very low-fee services to serve the underrepresented in our neighborhood.


Youth Development


• Life Works

• City Youth Now

• Department of Children Youth

• Juvenile Hall


Food & Meals

• San-Francisco – Marin Food Bank

• Project Open Hand


Health & Wellness

• SF General Hospital Wellness Clinic

• Department of Public Health

• Caleb G. Clark Health Center


Other Partners

• Neighborhood Centers Together

• Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development