In July 1989, Richard Purcell, a Francisca … In July 1989, Richard Purcell, a Franciscan friar, came to San Francisco to care for his brother Marty, who was in the advanced stages of AIDS. Marty died eight weeks after Richard's arrival. As a memorial to him, Richard decided to stay on in the one-bedroom apartment, the first Marty's Place, caring for other persons who contracted AIDS and who were homeless.</br></br>Early in 1991, Richard began a two-and-a-half-year search for more appropriate living space. In 1993, a house was found that would meet the needs of Marty's Place. Today, Marty's Place is a light-filled, comfortable Victorian home in the Mission District. Marty's Place accommodates up to eight residents.</br></br>Marty's place does not accept government funds, but supports itself through the disability benefits and occasional work of its residents, grants from private foundations and generous donations. The Aurora Dawn Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that relies solely on the gererosity of caring and compassionate people.rosity of caring and compassionate people. +
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