tv Government Access Programming SFGTV March 15, 2018 3:00am-4:01am PDT
>> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪ ♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs,
california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy
towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of
environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them
and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to suppo support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an
uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in this world, that testimony. good morning. we're going to begin our program. and as always, remember that we're in the presence of god. first of all, my name is sister mary kiefer, i'm the vice
president for mission integration for st. mary's medical center and the bay area center of dignity health. i'd like to welcome all of you today. in my world i would say this is the day the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad because it took a lot of work to get to this point. and great blessings to the partnerships with the city and county of san francisco and ucsf. as is our practice, we step back from the busyness of the day and tap into our spiritual side. it's my pleasure to offer this dedication to you. as we bless that ground, we stand at the sacred intersection meet grace and humanity. as we bless that ground, we set it apart for the special purpose of healing body, mind and spirit.
may the architect of our lives bless those whose vision has brought us to this moment. bless those who gave form to the dream, who honed plans and laid a firm foundation. bless this ground that gives of itself to support the center of healing. may this building live lightly on this earth, using resources sparingly and respectfully. bless those who have constructed this space. may they know that they are healers. may the jobs created by this project sustain families who call this city their home. bless future generations who will come here to work that all might experience meaning and purpose in their labor. cement the past and future with the present that we may be of one accord in our partnership.
and bless these rooms, that they may be strong enough to hold a client's pain and pourous enough to allow our own humanity to seep through our sterile processes. may it pulsate with our good deeds and flow with justice and compassion for all who seek healing within its walls. amen. now, it's my pleasure to ask mayor mark farrell to continue on. thank you. [applause] thank you, sister. thank you. it is an honor to be here this morning to celebrate the opening of our healing center here at st. mary's. mental illness is one of the biggest issues facing the city of san francisco right now. it is evident on the streets and reflected in the homeless population, but it is also
happening behind closed doors. today, represents a huge step in the right direction with the what the city is doing to work and solve those issues. mental illness encompasses so many things, conservativeship is not the only solution. we do so much here in the san francisco. those with challenges need our help as a city. we have worked over the years and partnership with mayor lee and his team, first we passed laura's law a number of years ago here in the san francisco with the help of barbara garcia. we have a place where they can go and receive the help they need. but conservatorship is a huge part of the solution and today's celebration is a huge step forward for the san francisco. we are doing things like opening up new beds and places for people to go when they need to come off the streets.
we're partnering with other groups and people in sacramento like senator weiner. also, the integrated agency team where we focus as a city, multiple different departments under the 40 most people on our streets, those are the frequent flyers through our health system, our ambulances and police and fire departments, through our hospitals. and other services. the to make sure they get the care they need, but also that we work together as a city so we can conserve those that need our help. let's not lose focus. this is about getting the people on the streets the help they need. so they can get on their own two feet and onto better lives. i'm honored to be here today. this is a celebration and it takes so many people to come together and there are so many people to thank here today. first of all, i do want to thank
our late mayor ed lee. it was his vision and his pushing last year to put the $5 million into the city budget and it was his really vision to make today happen. and we celebrate today in his honor. i believe that in honoring that commitment, we will continue to fund this in our city budget moving forward for the next few years as well. i do want to thank barbara garcia and the department of public health, there are so many things that under her leadership have done to get today ready and to make it happen. least of all, not least of all, is the fact that within eight months this center is open. and anybody here who is familiar with government regulations, that this center was opened within eight months is a miracle. [cheering] [applause] so a huge credit to our
department of public health under barbara's leadership for making that happen. i want to thank our two partners. lloyd dean from dignity. thank you for your partnership. this is a dignity hospital, we're very proud to be here today to celebrate. mark lair from ucsf, your support. president breed, a leader on the issue as well on the board of supervisors. this has been a collaborative effort. we would not be here today without everybody standing behind me, but we would not be here without the vision of ed lee. i'm honored to be here today. let's make no mistake. this is one step in the right direction in solving mental illness here in san francisco and work canning hard to get people off the streets, but let me introduce the woman had made it happen, barbara garcia. [applause] good morning, everyone. barbara garcia, but behind me is
the incredible staff. behind me are people who did the heavy lifting. this is such an incredible part of over 115 beds that the department has opened up in the last year. so this is a really important program because it does have the highest level of care next to an acute hospital. but it also has the opportunity to provide people with intensive care services to help them heal. that's why this is called the healing center. we do that also from a recovery model and from a peer-based model. today, you will meet a lot of staff here. i got the honor to meet them. they went through 80-hour life training, actually, because they not only have lived experience, but have family members. anyone in here could probably raise their hand if i asked do you have a family member suffering from mental illness or addiction and many of us would say yes. this center is really a focal point for the department, but we
also have other levels of care that are more voluntary. people can walk into this. this is a little different, people are mandated to be here, but they have the right every 30 days to determine whether or not to continue here. but let me tell you, if you walked in here, i think you would be welcome to know you will have an opportunity here to be loved and supported to your recovery of our chronic disease. that's one of the areas we're trying to get people understand. mental illness and addiction is a chronic disease. i hope this reflects the love and support we want to give our community members. eight months is an incredible force. they say government happens in two times, lightning time and glacier time. i think it's so important we get services off the ground. we could not have done it without the partnership we have.
$3 million of renovation in this building. we couldn't have done it ourselves. so dignity had the area that we are in today, so let's give them a round of applause. [applause] sometimes hospitals, we think of hospitals as acute services, but today we can think of hospitals as multiservice levels of care and that's the direction of hospitals as well. then you have the issue of renovation and partnerships and they've been a great partner, 150 years affiliation, and then you have the fact that we want to share and be able -- there is a great need at the medical center as well, so we have a partnership. uc has allowed us a million dollars for renovation. we're appreciative of that as well. [applause] the department provides many services on its own.
but to have a community-based organization with the kind of outstanding experience of crestwood behavioral health services is incredible and we're fortunate to have them. patty, who you'll meet, said we're going to do this and do it in this time period, i followed right behind her. i walked her walk. and i have to tell thaw it's been an incredible process. we had to take on the state department of health. they wanted this to have cement floors here, because they thought this was a prison, so we taught the state as well for those who have mental illness. i don't want to underestimate the addiction, we see these as separate as well, this is a program not only going to deal with mental illness, but addiction needs as well. so with that, i just want to thank everyone for all of the work that all of us have done.
i want to acknowledge a particular person on my staff who i follow very closely, she's about my height. you can guess, that is kelly. i want to give her a hand. [applause] she does incredible work every day, taking people from the hospital, taking people from the streets and putting them into the right level of care. and sometimes, folks, we don't have the right levels of care and we have to create those. this is one of those. i'm sure you're going to enjoy the day today as you walk through this beautiful facility. thank you very much. >> good morning. this is a special day, special day for the city and county in a very -- and a very special day for all of us at dignity health. i want to thank all of you for joining us for this momentous occasion. just a quick story. i have a granddaughter that is 5.
i try to call her in the mornings before she goes off to school, and she always asks me what is it that i'm going to do today? and she says, papa, what are you doing today? it was hard to explain our gathering here, so i said we're going to be dedicating a new place, a new home that will help serve and take care of people with mental illness and mental challenges. and she said, well, are you going to be staying there? [laughter] and i'm thinking even at 5, she knows something that i don't know. but i would tell you, this is a beautiful, beautiful facility and truly together with all of the partners and certainly barbara and all of the support from the board of supervisors,
from the mayor, and so many people that i can't take the time to list. this will change and begin to change san francisco. so i want to thank you for joining us, thank all of you for being here. it has truly been an honor for us to work with barbara, to work with the city, the county, and to continue on our quest here at st. mary's to impact and change health care in this city in a way that allows us to serve the most needy and the most vulnerable. as has been said, all of you know, mental illness is one of the most vexing, complicated and
critical challenges, not just facing us here, but facing our nation. but we, together, here are doing something about it. i will never forget the call, because i got so many of those calls, from the late mayor ed lee. and when he calls, you take his call. and he said, lloyd, and i said yes and he said i need your help. when he says that, it's not just i want to have a consultation with you. but he explained what he wanted to do and he said, i need partners and you have been there before, and i need you to step up now. so this collaboration is a
significant health capability that through partnerships we are together about to present to this city. and i just want to recognize and thank the incredible work of the hospital council and the city's emergency department physicians for helping us identify, not just the need, but the specifics of the issues and for pulling us all together to stand here today to do something that i think history will show was one of the significant events in the journey of this great city. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, i'm mark laird, president and c.e.o. of ucsf
health. sister mary, as you were speaking, all i could think of, i believe it was st. augustine who said, spread the gospel and if necessary, use words. >> st. francis? >> ok. i knew i shouldn't be wading into this territory at st. mary's [laughter]. >> one of those things. >> it was one of the saints, thank you. st. francis, medical center, it all comes together. but i think the point of this is this is not just talking about doing something about mental health, this is doing it. and i am so proud of our affiliation at ucsf with the city, mayor lee, who was a special man, mayor farrell, potentially future mayor breed, all the people in the city who have really helped us move forward and make something
important happen. but i do want to spend a moment talking about dignity health, what an amazing organization it is under lloyd's leadership, the team at dignity health is spectacular. always focused on doing what is best for the community. and at ucsf, we believe that's our calling, putting the needs of the community first and trying to address those in every possible way. as barbara garcia said, we've enjoyed a fantastic 150 and we weren't there in the beginning -- >> no, we were not. >> close. 150 year membership that is the envy of the medical centers across this nation and we want to build on. i want to acknowledge one special person, so many special people, dr. jackson, who is our doctor for behavioral health
services. when she came to ucsf she asked a lot of questions. what are we doing in the community? and the answers were not enough. with the partnership with dignity and crestwood and the city, we feel like we're really on the cusp of doing something important. i want to say thank you to everyone who worked on this. we will be there supporting all the way. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. i'm patty blum, i'm not the c.e.o. just saying. i also -- [laughter] -- i have been with crestwood for 37 years. as a provider of health care services and psychologist i came to this field because my heart drew me here because i'm a family member.
and i live each and every day looking to do what we do better and looking to serve more people. and looking to fully engage in every single way that we can to increase hope and love and gratitude. each one of us, each employee we have and each person we serve, each community member we run into. so we have a saying that we stole from the consumer movement, nothing about us without us. so i'm speaking up, i'm going to grab our newest director of education. come on up, deanne. deanne robinson. [applause] we as an organization put the people who we serve first and foremost every single day as every good health provider does and we could not have found better partners in ucsf. and we've been partnering with
san francisco since 1976, providing services for san franciscan s. and we're here today. this is a long hard-fought battle. without a doubt, barbara garcia, our late mayor, this would not have happened and with the tenaciousness of mauja, rita, john alan, this is a partnership that took every person. as recently as saturday morning, 7:30 a.m., conference call with the c.e.o. of st. marys. i'm going to let deanne talk. >> hi, i'm deanne robinson, i want to say thank you everyone for being here today. this is really important and special to me because i am a person who has received services for substance abuse and mental
gratitude some of the leadership who have brought this forward for most of you, the eight months, literally, several of us, mauja and i, had not walked on the campus before march 10th of last year. and we moved mountains with an incredible organization, who serves the state of california very well. with rigidity. >> nice to put it that way. [laughter]. >> so we have honored them as well and have plaques that are going to them. but i've asked our local administrator -- the first one is for mauja and each one of these is for your fearless
commitment and compassion to the people of san francisco. [applause] >> support rita. this is for rita. [applause] for barbara garcia. [applause] for our mayor mark farrell. [applause] for kelly. [applause] for john alan who absolutely i think was very, very new and green. and this would never have happened without his commitment. [applause] to george, the actual c.e.o. and
president of crestwood behavior. [applause] this would not happen with his -- and to janet, who is our incredible director of initiatives, education and some people call her a designer, but clearly she is not, she's the brilliance behind the environment and we have been recognizing the environment twice in the past six years by samsa for therapeutic environment that is trauma informed. so to janet. [applause] and this is for the late mayor, this would never have happened without his commitment, belief and tenacity, to the people of san francisco. [applause]
>> san francisco city clinic provides a broad range of sexual health services from stephanie tran medical director at san francisco city clinic. we are here to provide easy access to conference of low-cost culturally sensitive sexual health services and to everyone who walks through our door. so we providestd checkups, diagnosis and treatment. we also provide hiv screening we provide hiv treatment for people living with hiv and are uninsured and then we hope them health benefits and rage into conference of primary care. we also provide both pre-nd post
exposure prophylactics for hiv prevention we also provide a range of women's reproductive health services including contraception, emergency contraception. sometimes known as plan b. pap smears and [inaudible]. we are was entirely [inaudible]people will come as soon as were open even a little before opening. weight buries a lip it could be the first person here at your in and out within a few minutes. there are some days we do have a pretty considerable weight. in general, people can just walk right in and register with her front desk seen that day. >> my name is yvonne piper on the nurse practitioner here at sf city clinic. he was the first time i came to city clinic was a little intimidated. the first time i got treated for [inaudible]. i walked up to the redline and was greeted with a warm welcome i'm chad redden and anna client of city clinic >> even has had an std clinic since all the way back to 1911. at that time, the clinic was
founded to provide std diagnosis treatment for sex workers. there's been a big increase in std rates after the earthquake and the fire a lot of people were homeless and there were more sex work and were homeless sex workers. there were some public health experts who are pretty progressive for their time thought that by providing std diagnosis and treatmentsex workers that we might be able to get a handle on std rates in san francisco. >> when you're at the clinic you're going to wait with whoever else is able to register at the front desk first. after you register your seat in the waiting room and wait to be seen. after you are called you come to the back and meet with a healthcare provider can we determine what kind of testing to do, what samples to collect what medication somebody might need. plus prophylactics is an hiv prevention method highly effective it involves folks taking a daily pill to prevent hiv. recommended both by the
cdc, center for disease control and prevention, as well as fight sf dph, two individuals clients were elevated risk for hiv. >> i actually was in the project here when i first started here it was in trials. i'm currently on prep. i do prep through city clinic. you know i get my tests read here regularly and i highly recommend prep >> a lot of patients inclined to think that there's no way they could afford to pay for prep. we really encourage people to come in and talk to one of our prep navigators. we find that we can help almost everyone find a way to access prep so it's affordable for them. >> if you times we do have opponents would be on thursday morning. we have two different clinics going on at that time. when is women's health services. people can make an appointment either by calling them a dropping in or emailing us for that. we also have an hiv care clinic that happens on that morning as well also by
appointment only. he was city clinic has been like home to me. i been coming here since 2011. my name iskim troy, client of city clinic. when i first learned i was hiv positive i do not know what it was. i felt my life would be just ending there but all the support they gave me and all the information i need to know was very helpful. so i [inaudible] hiv care with their health >> about a quarter of our patients are women. the rest, 75% are men and about half of the men who come here are gay men or other men who have sex with men. a small percent about 1% of our clients, identify as transgender. >> we ask at the front for $25 fee for services but we don't turn anyone away for funds. we
also work with outside it's going out so any amount people can pay we will be happy to accept. >> i get casted for a pap smear and i also informed the contraceptive method. accessibility to the clinic was very easy. you can just walk in and talk to a registration staff. i feel i'm taken care of and i'm been supportive. >> all the information were collecting here is kept confidential. so this means we can't release your information without your explicit permission get a lot of folks are concerned especially come to a sexual health clinic unless you have signed a document that told us exactly who can receive your information, we can give it to anybody outside of our clinic. >> trance men and women face really significant levels of discrimination and stigma in their daily lives. and in healthcare. hiv and std rates in san francisco are particularly and strikingly
high were trans women. so we really try to make city clinic a place that strands-friendly trance competent and trans-welcoming >> everyone from the front desk to behind our amazement there are completely knowledgeable. they are friendly good for me being a sex worker, i've gone through a lot of difficult different different medical practice and sometimes they weren't competent and were not friendly good they kind of made me feel like they slapped me on the hands but living the sex life that i do. i have been coming here for seven years. when i come here i know they my services are going to be met. to be confidential but i don't have to worry about anyone looking at me or making me feel less >> a visit with a clinician come take anywhere from 10 minutes if you have a straightforward concern, to over an hour if something goes on that needs a little bit more help. we have some testing with you on site. so all of our samples we collect here.
including blood draws. we sent to the lab from here so people will need to go elsewhere to get their specimens collect. then we have a few test we do run on site. so those would be pregnancy test, hiv rapid test, and hepatitis b rapid test. people get those results the same day of their visit. >> i think it's important for transgender, gender neutral people to understand this is the most confidence, the most comfortable and the most knowledgeable place that you can come to. >> on-site we have condoms as well as depo-provera which is also known as [inaudible] shot. we can prescribe other forms of contraception. pills, a patch and rain. we provide pap smears to women who are uninsured in san francisco residents or, to women who are enrolled in a state-funded program called family pack. pap smears are the recommendation-recommended screening test for monitoring for early signs of cervical
cancer. we do have a fair amount of our own stuff the day of his we can try to get answers for folks while they are here. whenever we have that as an option we like to do that obviously to get some diagnosed and treated on the same day as we can. >> in terms of how many people were able to see in a day, we say roughly 100 people.if people are very brief and straightforward visits, we can sternly see 100, maybe a little more. we might be understaffed that they would have a little complicated visits we might not see as many folks. so if we reach our target number of 100 patients early in the day we may close our doors early for droppings. to my best advice to be senior is get here early.we do have a website but it's sf city clinic.working there's a wealth of information on the website but our hours and our location. as well as a kind of kind of information about stds, hiv,there's a lot of information for providers on our list as well. >> patients are always welcome
to call the clinic for there's a lot of information for providers on our list as well. >> patients are always welcome to call the clinic for 15, 40 75500. the phones answered during hours for clients to questions. >> >> >> usf donates 100-120 pounds of food a night. for the four semesters we have been running here, usf has donated about 18,000 pounds of food to the food recovery network. ♪ ♪
>> i'm maggie. >> i'm nick. >> we're coe-chairs of the national led organization. what food recovery does is recover and redistribute food that would go wasted and redistributing to people in the community. >> the moment that i became really engaged in the cause of fighting food waste was when i had just taken the food from the usf cafeteria and i saw four pans full size full of food perfectly fine to be eaten and made the day before and that would have gone into the trash that night if we didn't recover
it the next day. i want to fight food waste because it hurts the economy, it's one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. if it was a nation, it would be the third largest nation behind china and the united states. america wastes about 40% of the food we create every year, $160 billion worth and that's made up in the higher cost of food for consumers. no matter where you view the line, you should be engaged with the issue of food waste. ♪ ♪ >> access edible food that we have throughout our lunch program in our center, i go
ahead and collect it and i'll cool it down and every night i prep it up and the next day i'll heat it and ready for delivery. it's really natural for me, i love it, i'm passionate about it and it's just been great. i believe it's such a blessing to have the opportunity to actually feed people every day. no food should go wasted. there's someone who wants to eat, we have food, it's definitely hand in hand and it shouldn't be looked at as work or a task, we're feeding people and it really means so much to me. i come to work and they're like nora do you want this, do you want that? and it's so great and everyone is truly involved.
every day, every night after every period of food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, i mean, people just throw it away. they don't even think twice about it and i think as a whole, as a community, as any community, if people just put a little effort, we could really help each other out. that's how it should be. that's what food is about basically. >> an organization that meets is the san francisco knight ministry we work with tuesday and thursday's. ♪ ♪ by the power ♪ of your name
>> i have faith to move mountains because i believe in jesus. >> i believe it's helpful to offer food to people because as you know, there's so much homelessness in san francisco and california and the united states. i really believe that food is important as well as our faith. >> the san francisco knight ministry has been around for 54 years. the core of the ministry, a group of ordain ministers, we go out in the middle of the night every single night of the year, so for 54 years we have never missed a night. i know it's difficult to believe maybe in the united states but a lot of our people will say this is the first meal they've had in two days.
i really believe it is a time between life or death because i mean, we could be here and have church, but, you know, i don't know how much we could feed or how many we could feed and this way over 100 people get fed every single thursday out here. it's not solely the food, i tell you, believe me. they're extremely grateful. >> it's super awesome how welcoming they are. after one or two times they're like i recognize you. how are you doing, how is school? i have never been in the city, it's overwhelming. you get to know people and through the music and the food, you get to know people. >> we never know what impact we're going to have on folks.
if you just practice love and kindness, it's a labor of love and that's what the food recovery network is and this is a huge -- i believe they salvage our mission. >> to me the most important part is it's about food waste and feeding people. the food recovery network national slogan is finding ways to feed people. it's property to bring the scientific and human element into the situation.
i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great
experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco.
i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban
environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made
a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to
overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a he hwedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that late start.