Embattled San Francisco nuns’ homeless program saga not over yet


The story isn’t at its happy ending yet for two San Francisco Bay Area nuns who were being threatened with eviction from the residence they use to feed the homeless.

At the start of the year, the sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen faced eviction due to a rent increase they couldn’t afford.

Hearing the news, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation quickly went to work and set up a GoFundMe account to help the two nuns, which ended up receiving an overwhelming amount of support.

The account raised a total of $20,773 of its $25,000 goal since it was first created at the beginning of February.

The best part is that toward the end of February, Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker and author, turned into a surprising benefactor.

According to the latest update from the CBS SFBayArea, Robbins stepped in to buy them a new spot – a $750,000 condo in the mission.

But this surprise gift is turning out to be a lot more complicated.

From the CBS SFBayArea article:

Residents at 1930 Mission Street are trying to block the nuns from relocating their soup kitchen to the building.

The lawyer for the homeowners association wouldn’t comment for this report.

But, he filed a letter with the city’s planning department, saying feeding the homeless is wonderful thing, but that the Mission condo “is not the appropriate location.”

The article noted that the planning commission will have a hearing on the new soup kitchen location in January. 

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