PBD understood right away

how important it was to the staff and clients here that the space should feel like it is part of the neighborhood.

Their sensitivity to color created a feeling of homeliness, and made a difference that our clients noticed immediately.”

Laura Guzman
Executive Director



Mission Neighborhood Resource Center
San Francisco, CA


Completed December 2008

Mission Neighborhood Health Center is committed to compassionate, culturally competent and comprehensive health care services, providing services for the medically underserved, with a focus on the Latino/Hispanic Spanish speaking community and its neighbors. Donating over 100 hours of time, Philanthropy by Design helped MNRC to create a bright, friendly environment that is both inviting and comfortable for its clients.
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Project Highlight

Whenever we at PBD think back to this project, the image that comes to mind is the mural for the patio, painted by volunteer Gloria Bernard. The bright wall colors and patio mural really helped create the “Mission Neighborhood” theme described as a goal by the staff.
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The project began with painting, encompassing most of the facility – the main space, stairways, clinic, patio and upstairs offices. Furniture was selected for the lounge, reception, supervisor’s office and exterior. Furniture was provided for the patio, upstairs conference room, staff break room and clinic waiting room. Additionally, carpet was installed for the upstairs conference room and acoustic panels for downstairs. Reuse of some furnishings (i.e. the carpet tiles) kept roughly 100 lbs of waste from Bay Area landfills.


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Project Management

Interior Design

Fine Art (mural)


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Service West


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Gloria Bernard

Julie Drechsel

Heather Johnson


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Carpet | Donated by PBD, delivered by Service West

Acoustic panels | Donated by PBD

Storage furniture | Donated by PBD

Acoustic panels | Donated by PBD

Seating for clinic waiting room | Donated by PBD

Paint | Contributed by MNRC

Patio furniture | Contributed by MNRC

Conference room furniture | Contributed by MNRC

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