A Tribute to Eric Hoberg
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Eric Hoberg, our Board Treasurer.
Eric will be dearly missed by all of us at the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund. He lived an amazing and admirable life of service and he gave so much of himself as a professional and an individual to improving the lives of foster children.
Eric served the San Francisco Human Service Agency (HSA) for over 50 years. He started in 1969 as an eligibility worker in the area of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and then moved on to the General Assistance (GA) department. During this time, Eric witnessed first-hand the rise of street homelessness in SF, and in 1983, he transferred to the agency’s first homeless division. In the days before shelters, Eric helped many desperate families find housing. Eric saw the agency through many of its hardest times, including the AIDS epidemic when 10% of HSA staff died of AIDS. Eric knew every person whose name is on the AIDS quilt hung on the walls of the HSA in San Francisco. Some of those lost were his dearest friends.
Eric’s first love was working with children and he eventually moved to Family and Children’s Services where he served the rest of his professional career.
After Eric retired, his love for working with children lived on and he chose to donate his personal time to our SF Foster Youth Fund. Eric was the heart of our fund, volunteering thousands of hours of his personal time to support our activities and to personally mentor our scholarship kids. Eric would advocate for our youth at every opportunity. At a recent celebration of Eric’s 50 years of service to HSA, a former scholarship kid from our Fund’s program described how a simple note that Eric had written to her had convinced her to stay in college — securing her life’s direction and ultimate success as an independent adult.
Respectfulness and kindness defined Eric Hoberg. He will be remembered for his patience and optimism, his wry sense of humor, and his unwavering commitment to our children.
Eric’s spirit lives on in our Fund and we will carry him in our heart always.
It is the belief of the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund that no child should be deprived of essential life experiences and enriching activities.