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Giving Back at UCSF's Family House

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Member of the Campus Safety department and local volunteers cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the families at Family House. Courtesy of Kevin Martin.

It’s that time of year when giving back can mean everything to those in need of some holiday cheer. On Monday, Nov. 24, Academy of Art University staff members from the Campus Safety department, Kevin Martin, Campus Hosts Monique LeBlanc and James Holman and Patrol Officer Anecia Price-Bennett, teamed up with members of the San Francisco Police department, where they donated their time and their cooking skills for around 40 people at Family House on 10th Avenue. 

It’s that time of year when giving back can mean everything to those in need of some holiday cheer. On Monday, Nov. 24, Academy of Art University staff members from the Campus Safety department, Kevin Martin, Campus Hosts Monique LeBlanc and James Holman and Patrol Officer Anecia Price-Bennett, teamed up with members of the San Francisco Police department, where they donated their time and their cooking skills for around 40 people at Family House on 10th Avenue.  

Martin shared that Family House is a part of UCSF and “houses families while their adolescent or sometimes infant son, daughter, brother or sister is being treated at the hospital for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Family House provides a home environment for many families, who are already distressed with a loved one fighting for their lives.”

Martin became involved with Family House while he was a part of the San Francisco Police department and has been donating his time for nearly 10 years. When he joined the Campus Safety department at the Academy over two years ago, it was important for him to continue his involvement, as he finds it to be “very spiritually fulfilling on many levels.”

Just like the year prior, members of the Campus Safety team and other local volunteers cooked and served an entire Thanksgiving meal for the families at Family House. Holman shared that donating time to an event like this was an easy choice to make.

“To take some time out to give back to people who otherwise wouldn’t have the time or the means to do it, it means the world to me,” Holman said. “That night, just like last year, was great; a good time, a good turnout. It makes you feel good inside.”

“I am very happy and proud to say that the members of the AAU Campus Safety team have stepped up to the plate and become involved,” Martin said. “I would love to see this become a tradition of community outreach for many years to come. … Special thanks and gratitude to President Stephens and Campus Safety Director Michael Petricca for their continued support and [encouragement] in this project.”