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Mason-McDuffie Mortgage fundraiser rescues San Francisco nuns’ homeless program

GoFundMe campaign includes Tony Robbins

Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation received overwhelming support for its GoFundMe account to help two San Francisco Bay Area nuns that were being threatened with eviction from the residence they use to feed the homeless due to a rent increase.

The account has raised total of $20,773 of it $25,000 goal since it was first created at the beginning of February.

According to an earlier article in The San Francisco Chronicle, the sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen have devoted the past eight years to feeding the homeless, with their only income being what they eke out from selling handmade pastries at farmers’ markets.

Mason-McDuffie Mortgage also pledged to put up 5% of the nuns’ rent increase for the next 12 months, along with its Chariman Herbert Tasker, CEO Marilyn Richardson, and CIO Jason Frazier personally volunteering to do the same.

In a follow-up with Frazier thanks to the resounding support from the industry, he explained how surprised they were with the amount of support they received.

“The outpouring of support/donations we received from our employees, the industry, and the general public was amazing. In this day in age of common indifference to things that are happening, it was great to see everyone pull together,” Frazier said.

Most notably, Frazier said that moving forward, thanks to Tony Robbins, they have a great future ahead of them.

“He was able to purchase a place where they can stay and operate long term. The Nuns are so gracious about all the support they are getting. They truly are doing ‘God’s work’ with feeding the homeless. They now have a stable foundation to continue to do their work,” he said.

Toward the end of February, Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker and author, turned into a surprising benefactor and struck a deal with the landlord so the nuns could stay for another year at their current rent, an article by Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Overall, Frazier said, “The process went great. My team and I had a chance to meet the Nuns, which was a great experience. We developed a relationship to where they would come for us for advice with all the craziness.” 

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