Mary

Volunteer

I’ve always advocated for the well being of families in my classroom, so my next challenge seemed obvious: fighting for them in court.

“I moved across the country– from Texas to San Francisco– to pursue teaching. After working in an elementary school for 10 years, I wanted to find another way to help out families.

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things my husband and I did was set up a trust for our children. We did this so that if anything happened to us, there would be a plan in place to make sure our kids would be okay.

This sort of planning is crucial, yet it’s so inaccessible for many people in San Francisco. I’ve always advocated for the well being of families in my classroom, so my next challenge seemed obvious: fighting for them in court.

While I was still in law school, I heard Adrian present about Open Door Legal. I was moved– this was exactly the sort of work I’d dreamed of doing. I had to get involved.

I worked on Estate Planning cases, where I helped families just like mine plan for their children’s futures.

Now, I have two twin boys and have helped countless families in Bayview make sure their hard-earned homes can go to those they love most in the world; their children.”

Photography © Jona Bocari