"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. Between globalization, technological development, and construction, the Potrero Hill neighborhood, city of San Francisco, and the businesses and people that live here are changing rapidly. The Nabe has developed many strategic partnerships with not only government agencies but also with other community organizations and with companies aimed at doing good to increase security for the children, adults, and families most impacted by these changes. We offer free or very low-fee services to best serve the underrepresented community that seeks our services.
We pool resources and support with a city-wide cohort, Neighborhood Centers Together. We are partnered with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank & Project Open Hand to connect nutritious food to people who struggle to afford it otherwise. We partner with MYEEP, Life Works, and City Youth Now to provide job-training and paid employment opportunities for our young people. We’ve partnered with Chlorox and Piper Computer Kits to provide STEM education opportunities to young people. We receive direct financial support from Umpqua Bank. We also partner with the Caleb G. Clark Health Center, SF General Hospital's Wellness Clinic, the Department of Children Youth and Their Families, the Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and Juvenile Hall for funding, training, events, and client referrals. We could not do this work without the gracious support of our entire community.