In a bustling city like San Francisco, there are unsung heroes quietly working to make a difference. Among these heroes stands the BEST Neighborhoods team, a beacon of hope and healing for those experiencing homelessness and grappling with mental health challenges. Their unwavering commitment to community care and trust-building has not gone unnoticed.

The Foundation is proud to present this year’s award to BEST Neighborhoods, a collaboration between RAMS, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and other community partners. This team embodies the spirit of compassionate service, working tirelessly to bridge the gap between marginalized individuals and the care they need.

At the heart of BEST Neighborhoods lies a profound dedication to holistic care. Through carefully crafted care plans and robust multidisciplinary teams, they work to uplift individuals’ health and quality of life, one neighborhood at a time. Their approach is not just transactional but deeply relational, grounded in the principles of empathy and understanding.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of BEST Neighborhoods’ success. By working hand-in-hand with various city departments, including the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Fire Department, and the Department of Emergency Management, they ensure a seamless continuum of care for their clients. This collaborative effort extends beyond professional boundaries, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility.

The BEST team are agents of change, champions of empowerment, and advocates for social justice. Through their outreach efforts, they not only provide essential services but also strive to build trust within neighborhoods, creating a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

One of the most remarkable aspects of BEST Neighborhoods’ work is their commitment to follow-up care. They understand that true healing requires ongoing support and engagement. Whether it’s through the Street Crisis Response Team or RAMS Peer Counselors, they ensure that their clients receive the continuity of care they deserve.

In honoring them with the #HeartsinSF Community Impact Award, we not only recognize their past achievements but also affirm our collective commitment to a future where everyone has access to the care and support they need to thrive.