Storytelling Portraits

Ruben Briones, Chief of Staff at Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2

Growing up in the San Antonio and Fruitvale Districts of Oakland I saw day laborers at the corner and knew about the issues that they dealt with. Their issues would have lingered and continued unbeknown to many residents, unless someone took action. That’s where Street Level Health Project comes in. They took action and today provide services and programs where other agencies did not or could not. They speak for the disenfranchised, for the newly arrived in this country, for the day laborers. They are a health portal that also advocates for system change, giving voice to immigrant/refugee population.

Azwuan, clinic volunteer

Soy parte de la comunidad. Estoy aquí para ayudar a mi gente. Este es un lugar que te acepta tal y como eres con respeto, siempre con una sonrisa. Luchamos junto contigo.

I’m a part of this community. I’m here to support my people. This is a place that accepts you for who you are and with respect, and always with a smile. We fight alongside you.

Kathy, volunteer

Everyone has their own situation, and for some reason or another, they all come here.

Todos y todas tienen sus propias situaciones, y por alguna razón, llegan aquí.

Jessica, estudiante y voluntaria/student intern

Street Level es un lugar en donde familias vienen a recibir respuestas a sus preguntas por personas que lo hacen con cariño. Tengo la esperanza de que las pólizas van a cambiar en un futuro cercano y que muchas de las personas indocumentadas que trabajan duro por sus familias sean reconocidas y dadas los beneficios que se merecen.

Street Level is a place where families come get their questions answered by people who genuinely care. I am hopeful that policies will change in the near future and that the many undocumented people who work hard for their families will be recognized and given the benefits they deserve. 

Doris, coordinadora de salud mental/ Mental Health Coordinator

Sin el bienestar emocional no tenemos salud. Trabajo con mi comunidad para apoyar a personas viviendo con estrés, depresión, miedo, y dolor. Siempre he entregado mi corazón a mi trabajo. Amo lo que hago.

Without emotional wellness we can’t be healthy. I work with my community to support people living with stress, depression, fear, and pain. I have always given my heart to my work. I love what I do, and I know I have an important impact.

Danny, voluntario/volunteer

Street Level Health Project fortalece a la comunidad porque este es un espacio en que nuestros vecinos pueden llegar para estar juntos, comer, apoyar, y más.

Street Level strengthens the surrounding community by creating a space for people in the neighborhood to come together, to eat, to support one another, and more.

Sra. Hermelinda, voluntaria/volunteer

Me dicen que soy bien recibida a la hora que quiero venir. Y por eso cuando puedo llego a ayudar y a apoyar también. Vengo seguido, ando corriendo apoyando aquí.

The people here tell me I’m welcome anytime I want to come. That’s why, when I can, I come to help out. I keep coming back, supporting the work we do here.

Jessica, estudiante y voluntaria/student intern

Este es un lugar en que las personas pueden hablar su propio idioma sin que alguien los haga sentir mal por no hablar inglés. Este es un lugar de comunidad y respeto.

It’s a place where they can speak in their own language without being made to feel bad for not knowing English. It’s a place of community and respect.

Don Francisco, Programa Acceso al Sistema de Salud /Health Access Program

A mi me gusta hablar con la gente y crear confianza con las personas que hablan mam y que prefieren hablar en su propio idioma. Les digo que tenemos una clínica con un doctor los lunes y miércoles, y la gente sabe que es lo que hacemos, que todo es gratis, y que no necesitan papeles ni dinero para llegar aquí.

I love talking to people and building trust with Mam-speakers, who are more comfortable speaking in their own language. I tell them we have a clinic, we have a doctor on Mondays and Wednesdays, and now people know what we do, that everything we do is free, and that they don’t need papers or money to come to us.