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Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (TEL HI), founded in 1890, provides opportunities for individuals and families in our neighborhood to enrich their quality of life. Focusing on low- to moderate income children, youth, families and seniors, we create and strengthen community bonds, provide health and wellness programs, and broaden education and cultural experiences.
To fulfill its mission, TEL HI provides direct services, including preschool education, after-school programs for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade, senior services, and community organizing and planning. TEL HI participants are diverse-65% are Asian American, 25% are African American, 5% are Latino, and 5% are Caucasian. More than 75% live in public or overcrowded housing. TEL HI children, youth, and seniors face multiple risk factors-poverty, extensive unsupervised time, isolation, language and social barriers-which threaten their ability to succeed and to remain independent. TEL HI is focused on providing the tools necessary to help TEL HI families overcome the risk factors they face in order to thrive. TEL HI's history has rooted it deeply in the North Beach/Chinatown/Fisherman's Wharf communities. It is an area of great socio-economic and cultural diversity, with wealthy homeowners and landlords living down the block from overcrowded, new immigrant families who do not speak English. TEL HI strives to bring together the significant needs of this community with the resources to answer those needs, sustaining the cultural, economic, and ethnic mix that continues to be a vital part of its character. More than 500 children, youth, families, and seniors participate in TEL HI programs every day.