Celebrating over 40 years of service to individuals, families, and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The SUNSET Russian Tobacco Education Project’s goal is to create healthier living spaces in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, particularly for low-income Russian- speakers who suffer disproportionately from tobacco related diseases. This year, we sought to reach our goal by advocating for smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing.

Three building managers we partnered with passed 100% smoke-free policies—a total of 28 units smoke-free!

Other News and Achievements include:

  • A bilingual MUNI bus ad that ran for three weeks, prompting calls from the public and renewed funding for two more years from the San Mateo County Local Lead Agency to expand our cause.
  • We've produced two bilingual brochures - one on secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing and the other in assisted living facilities. Our advocates printed letters to the editor in both Russian and English language media.
  • The State of California gave us excellent feedback on our program activities.
  • Our funding from San Mateo County was renewed for two more years.

  • Since I've been blessed with the chance to have a good education and many opportunities, I feel obligated to give back and to use the education and the experiences I've had to make an impact.

    Chris McCoy
    AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Seeing the kids' growth through the years, despite the odds being against a lot of them, for whatever reason, is what inspires me to stay here.

    Kevin Lacy
    Before & After School Site Coordinator - San Francisco
  • I feel energized by my work and the teenagers inspire me with their candor and honesty. I’m always learning from them!

    Mary Jane Landolina
    School Counselor - Tamalpais High School, Marin County
  • I am motivated by all the great people that work for BACR and the wonderful things they do. My great reward is knowing that I can help them in their work to support communities all over the Bay.

    Collin Brown
    Web Develop and IT Support
  • Helping other people is what inspires me to work here. Being able to change people's lives, by helping them understand their problems with alcohol, is a huge contribution to my inspiration here.

    Maria Vega
    Office Coordinator - Marin County DUI Program
  • I know that, if I am able to overcome hard struggles in my life and do my best at achieving success, I can encourage the young people that I advocate to do their best as well.

    Court Advocate

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