san francisco

1.5 months out


hello there ctc vista project. things here at homeless prenatal are going right along-- i'm unofficially the interim technology manager. this means that i have been doing insane amounts of troubleshooting and teaching for both clients and staff.

when transitional periods become the norm...


hello from san francisco. 

 it has been almost 3 weeks since my boss left and there is still no permanent new hire in sight.  currently, my ex-boss's niece is filling her position but i think it is only until the end of the year.  it is strange to automatically fill such a huge role in the organization.  i am now teaching a technology class to the community health workers on staff and going full speed ahead on website reworking.  everything is finally settling back down and the only huge obstacle is my lack of proficiency in spanish.  when i am the only person in the lab (which does happen often now) and a spanish speaker comes in i feel so useless.  my spanish skills, however, are rapidly improving. 

Comment from cheryl jerozal on November 16, 2006 - 12:40pm

my ex-supervisor left almost two months ago, so now i report to the executive director of our organization, who works in oregon. i am the only person in my office. sometimes it is difficult, but i think it is a good challenge and learning opportunity.

Comment from gariet cowin on November 16, 2006 - 2:42pm

Sounds like you are having a good time, for the most part. I wish I was meeting more people, and going to conferences and things like that. I can do without the vegan japanese food though.

Also...your bay area video coalition link is bad (it is missing the "http:/"). You should fix the link so that I can see what is so amazing about them (because I'm too lazy to type the url in myself).

after two weeks


I have officially been working with HPP for almost two weeks now.  Besides becoming formally oriented with the organization, I have spearheaded a couple of interesting projects.  My host organization, formally titled Homeless Prenatal Program although everyone calls it HPP, is made up many smaller departments: Community Health Worker Training, Wellness Program, Substance Abuse, Childcare Center and the Technology Center.  I am working in the technology center as a tech specialist.  I have also been assigned to being the volunteer coordinator.  At this moment there is nothing to formally monitor and organize volunteers. 

Comment from Rebecca White on September 21, 2006 - 6:20pm

Hey, I spent a few days last week looking at CMSes: drupal (and CivicSpace, which is drupal with a bunch of modules), e107, Joomla, xoops. I might post a little on my research & observations, but it's something I like talking about so feel free to email/IM/phone.

Comment from Richard T. Anderson on September 22, 2006 - 1:41pm

Sounds like you are doing some interesting things. Wish I knew more about building websites and speaking Spanish, then I could be of help.

I feel like I belong where I'm at too. Isn't that a great feeling?



Comment from cheryl jerozal on September 22, 2006 - 8:54pm

but it looks like it could be useful:

First Day on the "Job"


Well, it seems most people have been at their postions for at least a week. I just started today. I'm working for Aspiration in downtown San Francisco, which is incredibly cool. I got a nice computer and a nice workspace. This morning Heather (my supervisor) went through all the tools I'll be using, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on them. Gunner (my other supervisor) took everyone at Aspiration out to lunch (that's easy when there's only 3 people). Right now they're at a meeting, and I've been playing around with my computer and the Social Source Commons (which Gunner will show me more about when he gets back).

welcome to the bloghouse


i a feeling mighty unreflective, but that is what happens sometimes in new places. however, i am looking forward to moving to san francisco and starting at the homeless prenatal program. after the first day of this training, it excites me that i will have much to learn technologically speaking. welcome to the new blog and hello san francisco (although this picture is a bit of posh SF--it was all that i could find).