Anna Ruth – Unpretentious

Anna Ruth is my neighbor. I love this woman! We met few months ago although it seems like we have known each other forever. She surprised me once and said hello to me and my daughter as we were passing by on the street. That’s what I’m talking about! Neighbors talking to each other. Just…

Jill – Compassionate

The first time I met Jill I heard her speak at a script reading for a film on human trafficking. We were introduced by the director and instantly had a natural connection. I noticed her willingness to talk openly about her life and her desire to share a deeper story with the world. So, we…

Anna – Gentle

Our mutual friend Kecia introduced Anna to me. We met a couple of months ago when Anna arrived in Redwood City (right when she arrived, meaning she drove to California for hours and met Kecia and I on the square and went out for dinner with us with all her suitcases still in the car)…

Stephanie – Caring

It’s hard to even explain my impression of Stephanie. From the day I saw her sitting next to me in our Ethics class at San Francisco State University to this day I am more and more and more in awe of how caring Stephanie is. She has this special kind of a smile that will…

Sara – Determined

I met Sara when I was attending De Anza College a couple of years ago. We met in a filmmaking class and worked on projects together. It was one of those late night classes that starts after 6PM and ends around 10PM so after all day of work you end up with all these students…

Adriele – Accepted

Last night was amazing. I got to experience friendship and connection and openness and vulnerability. Last night I met a completely new side of Adriele. I have known Adriele for the past year or two, but besides a few conversations here and there, we weren’t really close. But this was never a barrier for us…

Andrea – Smile

Andrea and I go all the way back to my first year of community college. We met during my first semester at school in an American Politics class. It’s been so long ago that, to be honest, it’s hard for me to remember how we ended up getting to know each other but sitting next…

Danae – Persistent

When I think about Miss Danae (I absolutely love to call her that) I think about persistence. I met her a couple of years ago and it’s been so great to have her as a friend. In many ways she reminds me of myself, yet at the same time we both know we are quite…

Doreen – Resilient

Doreen and I met at a young adults gathering, and I was quickly impressed by her self reflective nature and wisdom. I really got to know her more through collaborating on a performance piece. Doreen is a talented actress, and together we choreographed and acted Psalm 27 as a prayer for women who have been…

Jen – Supporter

What a funny story. I was an au pair for 3.5 years (New Jersey + Calfiornia) and as au pairs we tend to connect with each other, or better yet, other people like to connect us. And so one day a friend mentioned that he knew a former au pair from Germany who I should…

Jessica – Embracing

It was the end of May and I was in a need of few weeks’ accommodation. I was in the midst of some life transitions and needed a lot of help and support. I was so lucky to have loving friends all around me. Jessica was one of them. It was so crazy. It’s not…

Kelly – Pursuer

I met Kelly in the summer of 2014. I was on a road trip to Seattle with my then-boyfriend (now soon-to-be-husband), who introduced me to Kelly and her sister Katy. We became friends immediately. What amazed me the most about Kelly was the desire for authenticity, to know the Truth, and to discover what life…