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Welcome to Resilient West Portal

Executive Summary

In 2018, the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association secured a grant from Supervisor Norman Yee’s office to launch the NEN’s Empowered Communities Program (ECP) in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood. The ECP empowers local leaders to build safer, healthier and more connected communities by establishing a cross-sector cohort of organizations and networks that work every day on advancing their individual and collective resilience as well as the resilience of the residents they serve. During times of stress, this network activates and offers a platform for local, city and regional agencies to work together, ensuring the health and well-being of West Portal’s community members, especially the vulnerable.


Resilient West Portal Launch Events

West Portal NERT Training

Waldorf High School
470 West Portal Ave

Thursdays April 25-May 30, 6:30p-10:00p

April 25, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 1
May 2, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 2
May 9, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 3
May 16, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 4
May 23, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 5

May 30, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 6

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Free First-Aid and Preparedness Training

Disaster can strike at any time. Being prepared gives you and your loved ones a safety net in case of a major disaster.

Community Youth Center, SF (CYC) in conjunction with the Department of Building Inspection’s Seismic Safety Outreach Program (SSOP) want to make sure you are prepared.

Personal Emergency Preparedness: Personal preparedness, earthquake mitigation, response and recovery, fire safety, and basic first aid. No need to register; just show up. Three classes at times and locations below:
March 20 1:00-4:00 Chase Bank 98 West Portal Ave especially for seniors
April 18 & 25 7:00-8:30 West Portal Clubhouse 135 Lenox two sessions
May 4 9:00-12:00 West Portal Clubhouse 135 Lenox
Red Cross Certified First Aid: Limit 30 students per class, one session, 1 ½ hours.
April 3 1:00-2:30 Chase Bank Sign up at Eventbrite.
April 11 7:00-8:30 West Portal Clubhouse Sign up at Eventbrite.
Red Cross Certified First Aid and CPR: Two classes, limit 15 students per class, one session, 2 ½ hours.
April 10 1:00-3:30 Chase Bank Sign up at Eventbrite.
April 27 9:30-12:00 West Portal Clubhouse Sign up at Eventbrite.


Hub Member Development

The Resilient West Portal (RWP) Disaster Preparedness Program was launched in 2017 with support of the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (GWPNA) and Supervisor Yee’s participatory budget process. Resilient West Portal has partnered with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to leverage its expertise in supporting communities to implement the Empowered Communities Program (ECP). The NEN has supported West Portal stakeholders in developing a Resilient Action Plan that will guide our disaster preparedness trainings and activities.

Download our 2019 Participatory Budgeting Grant Plan here.

Download our 2018 Participatory Budgeting Grant Plan here.

About Us


In 2018, a cohort of organizations along San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood reached out to Supervisor Norman Yee’s office for support in creating a Resilient Action Plan (RAP) for their community. The Supervisor’s Office partnered with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to leverage its expertise in supporting communities as they draft and implement a culturally competent RAP. By implementing its Empowered Communities Program (ECP), the NEN will support West Portal stakeholders in developing a preliminary community engagement plan. This plan will outline the need to partner with surrounding communities in order to ensure that any plans that are generated accommodate all of the stakeholders in the West Portal district.

HUB Boundaries Map


West Portal HUB Steering Committee Members

Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (GWPNA)


Karl Aguilar, Resilient West Portal/NERT Co-Lead


Susie Commins, Resilient West Portal/NERT


Louis Dorsey, Resilient West Portal/GWPNA


Sasha Madfes, Resilient West Portal/NERT/CERT


Ben Matranga, Resilient West Portal/GWPNA


Andrea Rosenthal, Resilient West Portal/West Portal Parents Club


Gary Rowbury, Resilient West Portal


Ken Spielman, Resilient West Portal


Eric Wildgrube, Resilient West Portal/NERT

Our Vision & Goals


West Portal is a community of residents, organizations, businesses and networks that serve our immediate neighbors and Southwestern San Francisco.

During times of stress, the stakeholders of West Portal come together in a collaborative, well-organized manner to protect the health and well-being of all guests, employees and residents – especially the new-born, children, seniors and people living with access and functional needs.

By investing in capacities, resources and relationships essential for a disaster response, West Portal will successfully negotiate future impacts and as a result become a stronger, more cohesive and vibrant community.




Every resident has the capacity to care for themselves and their neighbors during times of stress.


The faith-based organizations, businesses, non-profits and community organizations of the West Portal community have the capacity to support both the needs of their existing constituencies and emerging audiences during times of stress.


The West Portal community has the capacity to respond collectively during times of stress in a manner that reflects the goals and priorities of its residents and stakeholder organizations.


The Resilient West Portal Steering Committee is comprised of community members who care deeply for the neighborhood and are responsible for the development and implementation of a Resilient Action Plan (RAP).

This plan will guide the West Portal’s investments in connection, capacity and resources at the individual, organizational and community levels.

By identifying, engaging and supporting local stakeholders throughout the planning and deployment process, the Committee will embed its commitment to trustworthiness, responsiveness and compassion in the initiative’s “DNA”.


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Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.