We are rooted in service & advocacy.
On December 1, 1999, we opened our doors as the Veterans Equity Center (VEC) to honor the valuable contributions of Filipino World War II veterans through direct services and advocacy. We formally changed our name to the Bayanihan Equity Center (BEC) in 2017 to reflect the expanded services provided for low-income immigrant San Francisco seniors, people with disability, and families.
Through the changes, we remain rooted in service. Our mission is to provide culturally responsive services to address the needs and advance the rights of marginalized communities in pursuit of equity and justice.
In loving memory of Tim Figueras
The Bayanihan Equity Center mourns the passing of a beloved board member, Tim Figueras.
Tim was a brother, a coach, a role model, a father figure, and a friend to many. Tim is loved by a lot of South of Market youth who attended Bessie Carmichael School and other youth in the neighborhood.
Tim has been a BEC board member for over eight years. Tim had a community first philosophy and a compassion for the disenfranchised. Tim enjoyed the fun events in the community. He had been a fixture at the SoMa Barrio Fiesta making one of his favorites, mais con yelo.
BEC lost a leader. The community lost a champion. Some of us lost a very good friend.
Tim, you will be missed.