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Anne Jarchow: Rich and Poor in Silicon Valley

For Anne Jarchow, it was a conscious decision to work for non-profit organizations and contribute something meaningful to the world for over twelve years now. As Vice President of LifeMoves, she and her team help homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area first to find shelter and then a new perspective on life. Especially in the Silicon Valley area, she is confronted on a daily basis with the problems of a society in which the gap between rich and poor is growing ever wider.

Linda Steinborn1. September 2020 No Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12, 2018: A woman drags her possessions packed into suitcases and a backpack across a busy intersection in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Do you think that our personal actions have an impact?

Absolutely! I think it is very important what each person does individually. You also have to believe that what you do is important, because otherwise life would be depressing. But I also think that such a speech from the Governor that homelessness is our top priority was only possible because people have always emphasized and shown that.

I think a hero is someone who is selfless and just does what needs to be done – without expecting any kind of thanks or recognition.

What opens your heart?

To see the people I work with and who are giving their all on the front line. It really opens my heart because they are so giving and selfless. Another heart opener for me – since I’m a real dog lover – are dogs and puppies (laughs).

What do you believe in?

I believe in the fact that there is a lot of good in the world and that there are a lot of people who are really good, despite all the fear and insecurity that prevails at the moment. This is especially evident in this new crisis, where people are trying to help others and return to what is important: the simple things. Although we are somehow forced to be at home, I think that what comes out of it will be good: That we spend time with our family, with our children and just live a calmer and easier life because we are forced to do so (laughs).

Does that also mean a good life for you?

Yes, I think so. A good life for me means being with my family, being able to travel – my husband is actually from Europe, so we spend time there. Health is really important and a close community and good friends!

What makes someone a hero?

For me, a hero is someone who goes forward and does what he believes in without thinking about himself. He thinks more about what he has to do to help others and set a good example. I think a hero is someone who is selfless and just does what needs to be done without expecting any kind of thanks or recognition.


1. September 2020