Eatery helps with
by Seth Hemmelgarn
The Castro eatery SliderBar will be offering a shrimp sandwich in March named after homeless policy adviser Bevan Dufty to benefit the creation of a shelter focused on LGBTs.
A kick-off party for the "Bevan Dufty Pescatarian" is planned for Tuesday, February 26 – the day before Dufty, the gay director of the city's Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement program – turns 58. SliderBar is located at 2295 Market Street.
Fifty percent of all February 26 sales from 6 p.m. to close will go toward the shelter. Then, $1 from of all the March sales of the Pescatarian sandwich will go to the homeless facility.
Dolores Street Community Services, the nonprofit that already runs a shelter at 1050 South Van Ness Avenue, will operate the planned mixed-gender, 24-bed shelter at the site.
"SliderBar loves San Francisco," Casey Barks, a spokesman for the restaurant, said in an email. "... We are thrilled to be working with Bevan Dufty to raise funds for the Dolores Street Community Service's LGBT-focused shelter."
"We are excited and believe the community fundraising will meet any remaining financial need and provide a buffer in terms of furnishings and fixtures," Dufty said in an email.
Work to establish the gay-friendly space began not long after a Board of Supervisors committee hearing that gay Supervisor David Campos led in March 2010 in which LGBTs testified about harassment in the city's shelters. Getting the necessary permits has been one of the factors in the delay.
Recent contributions for the space include a $30,000 grant from the Haas Jr. Fund. Campos has also secured a $5,000 donation from Horizons Foundation.
Swinerton Builders has agreed to become the pro bono construction management partner to complete the renovations leading to opening the space. They have sent an estimator to work with a DCSC staffer.
Swinerton will be assigning a project manager and giving a financial contribution to close the funding gap.
Dolores Street Executive Director Wendy Phillips said in an email last week that she didn't yet know what the remaining gap would be when the pro-bono construction is factored in, but "it sounds like they will be able to help substantially."
In a December news release, Phillips said the city's Human Services Agency would fund the ongoing costs of operating the shelter, but backers still needed to raise about $100,000 to cover rehabilitation costs.
In an interview at the time, she estimated HSA has added $150,000 a year for the operation of the LGBT shelter space "once it's up and running" to Dolores Street's existing shelter budget.
Progress toward establishing the shelter space appears to have picked up since Dufty became involved in recent months. In a text message, Campos said, "A great deal of credit" for the progress goes to Dufty, "who has worked hard to find folks to help with this effort."
A fundraiser is being planned for 4 to 8 p.m., April 7 at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street.