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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (Oct. 14, 2011) – Employees from Brown & Toland Physicians, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest physician groups, swept away the cobwebs at two facilities for homeless and low- income children and families in San Francisco.

Armed with brooms, trowels and paint, 50 employees spent the day beautifying the Clara House, a transitional home for families, and the Compass Children’s Center, a child development and education center in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

The facilities are run by Compass Family Services, which supports 3,000 homeless and low-income children and adults in San Francisco each year. Through their programs, Compass provides shelter and job training, among other social services.

“This has been a very tough time for many families in San Francisco, which is why we’re pleased to be able to support an organization like Compass that provides a safety net for those in need,” said Richard Fish, CEO of Brown & Toland. “It’s my hope that our work today, along with the assistance we have provided in the past, will help more San Francisco families as they get back on their feet.”

Brown & Toland Physicians also supports Compass families through the annual Adopt-a-Family program. For the last two years, Brown & Toland employees have donated hundreds of gifts for children who receive services through Compass, as well as vital necessities such as clothing and toiletries.

“Compass is extremely grateful for Brown & Toland’s support,” said Jane Schisgal, program director for Compass’ Clara House. “For them to take the time to paint and clean this house for the families that live here, it’s just great.”

About Brown & Toland Physicians

Brown & Toland Physicians is an independent practice association (IPA) of more than 2,100 physicians serving more than 335,000 HMO and PPO patients across the San Francisco Bay Area. The group has earned numerous awards for quality and innovation over the years, and has been named a California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) “Elite” group for five consecutive years. For more information, visit

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