In Korean, the word “maru” is colloquially used to describe a living room, while technically it is used to describe hardwood floors or a deck. It is where families gather at home to eat, do household chores, or just hang out. In Japanese, “maru” means circle. Both of these meanings made the name Maru perfect for this space — we want Maru to be a place where people can come to get important things done (including resting!) or gather together in unity, whether it is for work or a festive meal together.
The impetus for Maru was a dry-rotting, old shed that desperately needed some repair. However, the vision for Maru unfolded as we saw two important needs in our city: space and community building. Space in San Francisco is tight and expensive, and it’s especially hard to find smaller spaces that allow privacy and a sense of intimacy. Maru is built and equipped to address these needs.
TRANSITIONAL FOSTER YOUTH
Simultaneously, the property that houses Maru is also preparing to host Transitional Youths (youth transitioning out of foster care between the ages of 18-23) and provide their first housing (we unofficially call it “The Launch Pad”) as they embark on their journey as adults. As these young women live and learn life skills in the main house, they will also learn how to manage a small business through their assistance in Maru operations.
It is our vision to see Maru become a place of creativity, gathering and rest for its users, as well as a place of valuable learning and future-building for our Transitional Youths. When you use Maru, you become a part of this community. More practically, what you pay to use Maru for your unique purposes funds the future of these young women, as all profits will go to a fund that will benefit their future endeavors.
GUEST SEATING LIMIT
Dining/conference setting: 10-12
Theater setting: 15
PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Street parking available
1 mile from Glen Park BART station
.1 mile from Highland/Mission bus stop (14, 49)
.1 mile from Randall/ San Jose light rail stop (J)
65” large screen TV
HD Video Camera & Photography lighting
Restroom in the main house (upstairs)
Kitchen use available for simple food preparation for an extra fee
“I discovered Maru when friends had a small wedding there. It turned out to be a perfect venue for two different uses — a photo shoot for our organization’s promo video and a meeting (including virtual participants via the Zoom Room) for our organization’s advisory board. In both cases, Maru offered everything we needed to feel comfortable and be productive — a beautiful aesthetic, lots of natural light and fresh air, and all the conveniences such a white board, coffee station, etc. Plus, Minnie is a gracious host with the gift of hospitality.”
DENISE LEE YOHN, DIRECTOR, FAITH & WORK JOURNEY
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