The Tenderloin is a neighborhood most people try to avoid. Within
San Francisco, it is #1 in homicides, aggravated assaults, drug
use, and incidence of HIV. In addition, it has a large transient
homeless population and is one of the city’s hubs for prostitution
and drug dealing.
Despite these facts,
the Tenderloin is a neighborhood that 25,000 people call home.
This includes 6,000
frail elderly persons and 4,000 children. It is multi-cultural,
including a large population of Southeast Asians. These people
are the focus of Network Ministries’ work.