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Families in Transition: December 2023 Newsletter

Holiday Warmth & Cheer

As the weather gets colder, we hope that the holiday season can bring you warmth, joy, and rest. Read on to learn more about upcoming fun, informative FIT program events, resources, and information.



This is a norms reminder that if you are arriving late or leaving early for an event, let a CCSC staff know at least 24 hours in advance or as soon as possible. When attending events, please do not use your phone unless there is a break or the activity requires it. If there are in person events and you want to leave the premises, ask for a staff member’s permission before leaving. Thank you to everyone for being great participants!



🎥 Movie Day - Bonding 🎥

Thank you to our 12 participants who joined our Movie Day Bonding event on a sunny Sunday on November 12th for a fun event with us. For this workshop, participants get to vote for and watch a movie of their choice. Students either watched the sci-fi movie, The Wandering Earth, or the horror movie, IT. Afterwards, participants enjoy pho, buns, and boba. To end the event, participants played a fun game of silent line-up.


🎄 World Tree of Hope - Volunteer 🎄

Thank you to our 12 volunteers who joined our World Tree of Hope Volunteer Event on a rainy Sunday on November 19th to decorate the world’s largest origami tree located in Grace Cathedral. Volunteers got to fold paper cranes and decorate them with wishes. They also got the opportunity to visit the inside of the Grace Cathedral for free to see the beautiful stained glass windows and art. To end the long day of volunteering, we celebrated with chicken sandwiches near the neighborhood at Hot Sauce and Panko to Go.


🧵 Zero Waste Repair - Workshop 🧵

Thank you to our 10 participants who joined our online workshop on November 19th, the Zero Waste Repair Workshop to learn more about sustainability, zero waste, and upcycling. Participants learned more about fixing holes, patching up clothing, and embroidery. The photos in the banner above show the different reparations and creations done by our scholars.


🦃 Thanksgiving Meal Helper - Volunteer 🦃

Thank you to our 5 scholars who took the time out of their Thanksgiving breaks on November 23rd to give back to the community. These scholars volunteered with the Self-Help for the Elderly’s Annual Thanksgiving Meals to pass out food to seniors. We are sure that they made Thanksgiving day great for many senior citizens. Thank you once again for your time and efforts.



📚 College & Career Exploration - Workshop 📚

Join our last workshop of the month, the College & Career Exploration Workshop. This online workshop will happen on Saturday, December 2nd from 10AM - 11 AM on Zoom. In this workshop, you will get to learn more about deciding your major and future career, changing your major or path in college, finding scholarships, and scholarship application tips.

This workshop counts for 1 FIT workshop credit. To sign up for this workshop, fill out the Google Form linked here.


☃️ Winter Holidays Senior Event - Volunteer ☃️

Participate in our Winter Holiday Senior volunteer event on Sunday, 12/10 from 9AM to 2PM. In this event, you will get to participate in fun activities with senior citizens like playing cards or bingo. You will also get to do arts and crafts like painting and papercrafts. The location for this event is at:

Charity Cultural Services Center

724 Commercial St

San Francisco, CA 94108

This event counts for 1 FIT volunteer credit. If you are interested in joining this event and spreading some cross generational holiday cheer, sign up here.



🔔 Balboa Jingle Holiday Party 🔔

Join Art Walk SF for a celebration of art and holiday cheer for their Balboa Jingle Holiday Party at the Balboa Village on December 2 from 11AM to 4PM! At this event, you get to see works from talented local artists, explore the Christmas decorated Balboa village, and get a chance to try tasty treats and warm beverages from local cafes and restaurants. There is also a block party from 10AM to 2PM on Balboa St.& 37th Ave. with family friendly activities including: Santa photos, toy drive, kids activities, bounce houses, holiday crafts, and music.


🖍️ Museum of Craft & Design Free Weekend 🖍️

The Museum of Craft and Design is offering a free weekend on December 9-10th from 10AM to 5PM. During this free weekend, the museum will feature the exhibition, Designing Peace, to showcase their art aimed to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions. There will be over 30 artists and designers from over 20 countries featuring their art during this exhibition. At the MCD, you can express your creativity hands-on in the John and Robin MakeArt Lab or pick up a free MakeArt Kit to do at home.


🕎 Bill Graham Menorah Day 🕎

For the 48th Annual Public Menorah Lighting for Chanukah in Union Square, there will be a weeklong Menorah Lighting Ceremony each day with a free event on Sunday, December 10th from 2PM to 6PM for the Bill Graham Menorah Day. During this free event, there will be family events such as Dreidel House crafts, childrens’ entertainment with Isaac Zones, music from SHAMATI and Greg Anton of Zero, and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony to honor George Zimmer.



💵 BLING Grant Application 2024 💵

If you are interested in getting a grant to fund your youth-led social justice project in San Francisco, look into signing up for the BLING Grant! BLING wants to provide monetary grants to uplift youth voices and address inequity in the San Francisco community. They are looking for projects that will improve communities, have creativity and innovation, have clear and defined goals, and show passion for fighting social inequity.

Sign up through this link here.


📕 CCSF Concurrent Enrollment 📕

As an 11th or 12th grader that is interested in earning college credits, you can now sign up for FREE classes at CCSF. High school students can start registering for concurrent enrollment classes on 12/6. For more information, check out CCSF’s Concurrent Enrollment Packet.


🎓 10,000 Degrees Scholarship 🎓

10,000 Degrees provides scholarships to students with financial need who demonstrate a strong desire to complete postsecondary education, so there is no GPA requirement. After receiving your scholarship reward, 10,000 Degrees continues to provide support and mentorship throughout your entire college journey. The scholarship application opens on December 1st. If you are interested in applying, visit 10,00 Degrees’ website linked here.



❄️ Winter Solstice ❄️

Winter Solstice is the time of the year when there is the least amount of daylight. This year’s winter solstice will happen on Thursday, December 21 at 7:27PM PST. During the winter solstice, the Sun is at the lowest point and angle in the sky. This means that we will have less sunlight and warmth. This signals lower temperatures, shorter days, and longer nights.


💬 Quote of the Month 💬


Charity Cultural Services Center

731-747 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA, 94108

415-989-8224 | website: | email:

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