Davis Street provides food, holiday cheer for East Bay families

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Things haven’t always been easy for Gina Harris and her son, Oliver. But, fortunately, they’ve had the Davis Street Community Center in times of need.

“I’ve been going there for like three years now,” said the 26-year-old San Leandro resident, who has received food, clothing and other assistance from the nonprofit. “They have honestly really helped me through the hardest times I’ve been through.”

Some of those hard times happened earlier this year as Harris, who supports herself and 4-year-old Oliver in part by cleaning homes, suddenly found herself in financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the beginning, a lot of my clients didn’t want me to come clean their houses,” she said.

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