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Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Sep 28, 2019

Faces Of Recovery: San Jose Artist Sketches Those Battling Homelessness And Addiction

Faces Of Recovery: San Jose Artist Sketches Those Battling Homelessness And Addiction

A San Jose artist wants to change how you view homelessness. Not the issue -- the people. She is drawing the homeless, hoping you will see them in a different light. Garvin Thomas has her story, and her artwork,...

Sep 28, 2019

Help from Strangers Inspires Man Searching for Lost Dog

Help from Strangers Inspires Man Searching for Lost Dog

A 24-year-old man on a road trip from Southern California to Oregon had stopped in the Bay Area when his dog, Yippy, got out of his car and disappeared. Although he has not yet found Yippy, the man's faith...

May 24, 2019

Formerly Homeless Mother Returns To Shelter To Help Residents Celebrate Mother's Day

Formerly Homeless Mother Returns To Shelter To Help Residents Celebrate Mother's Day

Maybelle Regaspi has been returning to Samaritan House's Safe Harbor Shelter every month for the past 4 years to help residents celebrate their birthdays. This month, it was all about the mothers.

Apr 26, 2019

No Birthday Left Behind: Teen Throws Birthday Parties For Homeless Children

No Birthday Left Behind: Teen Throws Birthday Parties For Homeless Children

When high school junior Tanvi Barman was a little girl, her mother used to take her and her sister to a local homeless shelter to help serve meals. Starting in 8th grade, Tanvi began organizing cakes...

Mar 18, 2017

Apple Engineer Converts Used Van Into Mobile Laundromat, Offers Free Loads to Homeless

Apple Engineer Converts Used Van Into Mobile Laundromat, Offers Free Loads to Homeless

Ron Powers, a mechanical engineer at Apple, turned a used van into a mobile laundromat and made it available for free to the homeless of Santa Cruz, California.

Jan 12, 2015

Artist Turns Garbage Into Homeless Housing

Artist Turns Garbage Into Homeless Housing

Greg Kloehn has the eyes of an artist, the hands of a contractor, and a mind to blend the two in the most interesting, and compassionate of ways.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbcuni.com
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The North Bay Spirit award was developed in partnership with The Press Democrat and Comcast NBCU to celebrate people who make a difference in our communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the North Bay Spirit program aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and create a spirit of giving. Click here for stories and videos about the recipients.