Thursday, September 24, 2015

Garage Sale Events for Womenade September 26th and 27th

Gini Griffin, Kate Froman, Deb Spatafore and The Art Group are hosting a yard sale on September 26th from 8-12 and donating the proceeds to Womenade!  Come by 378 Chorro in San Luis and browse through artwork, art supplies, frames, jewelry, clothing, and general rummage.

Xiaoping Cheng and Bob Shanbrom are hosting a garage sale on September 26th and 27th from 7-12 and donating the proceeds to Womenade, Spokes - Resources for Nonprofits, Bishop’s Peak Elementary, and Pacific Wildlife Care at 364 Montrose Drive in San Luis.

Grateful to all for their support!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What Womenade Shared from September 1st - September 15th

September 1:  Motel stay for a single abused mother with 6 children while a place is found for them.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($71.20) 2114

September 1: Car repair for single mother of 4 who just got a job at McDonald’s and then her car front wheel bearing broke.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($80) 2115

September 1:  Partial rent to prevent eviction for woman working hard to find employment.  Referral:  Jeannette Garcia, America’s Jobs/Goodwill ($200) 2116

September 2:  Food for woman who has suffered a severe stroke and her Veteran husband who is disabled due to a broken neck injury.  Referral:  Rose Levinson-Cooke, Central Coast Home Health, and shopping by Sandy Amborn ($100)

September 2:  Bus pass for 2 women who need transportation to Atascadero for addiction treatment.  Referral:  Paterese Reynolds, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and shopping by Sandy Amborn ($88)

September 3:  Food for family with school-aged children forced from their home because it is deemed below housing code and uninhabitable.  Referral:  Jane Pomeroy, LINK ($50) 2117

September 4:  Dental treatment for a 14-year-old.  Referral:  Cecilia Merrill ($110) 2118

September 4:  Summer day camp payment for an at-risk child.  Referral:  Daniella Esparza and Rachel Tarver, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($166) 2119

September 8:  Car repair for a mother who needs to transport her 5-year-old to school and therapy appointments.  Referral: Heather Kush and Belinda Benassi, Department of Social Services ($374.25) 2120

September 8:  Car registration for victim of domestic violence who recently left the shelter to be on her own.  Referral:  Magena Ammen, RISE ($123) 2121

September 8:  Partial payment of medical bill for an elderly woman.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($200) 2122

September 10:  AMTRAK ticket for a surgery patient to go to his family for care.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($30) 2123

September 10:  Installation of bathroom grab bars and hand held showerhead for man who recently had a below knee amputation.  Referral:  Sara Bartlett, medical social worker, Central Coast Home Health and Hospice ($265) 2124

September 10:  Partial rent for a woman at risk of losing her housing.  Referral:  Bianca Terrazas, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing ($300) 2125

September 10:  Phone bill payment for an unaccompanied 17-year-old who is attending school, working part-time, and trying to stay positive.  Referral:  Mariana Guiterrez, San Luis Coastal Schools ($80.95) 2126

September 10:  Payments to prevent water and electricity shut off for a Veteran who had to use his resources to repair his car.  Liana Melendez, Peoples’ Self-Help-Housing ($138 and $44.46) 2127 and 2128

September 10:  Proper materials for a college-bound high school student who has suffered trauma and abuse; she works hard every day to move past the pain.  Running has saved her life, and she has been accepted to her school’s cross country team.  Referral:  Manuel Barba, therapist, SLO County Mental Health, and shopping by Sandy Amborn ($125)

September 14:  Food for an ill woman 5.5 years sober who is living on a $300 school loan while working toward being a medical billing worker.  Referral:  Isaac Smith, medical social worker, Central Coast Home Health and Hospice ($100) 2129

September 15:  Clothes for a woman to begin her job at a local retail store.  Referral:  Jeannette Garcia, America’s Jobs/Goodwill ($150) 2130

Items Donated:  
--> Clothes for a homeless working man whose clothes were ruined by a raccoon from Marti Kessler, Linda Thompson, Linda Jankay, Michele Starling, Leslie Jones; port-a-crib delivery by Tari Haverfield; port-a-crib from Claire Missire; dresser delivery by Linda Davidson; bed delivery by Jen Melton; blanket from Katie Perez; grocery bags from the Women’s Honor Farm via Janet Allenspach; port-a-crib from Anonymous; child safety gate from Fran Harrell delivered by Jayne Aucterlonie; North County delivery by Dee Lacy; port-a-crib delivery by Mariam Shah; children’s books from Sharynn Chirpich; bed rail and children’s clothes from Muriel Harkins and Joanna Gilbert; cases of diapers and wipes from Kathie Hendricks; blankets, diapers, and toiletries from Mariam Shah;  onsies from Nicole Sisneros; Delta crib, mattress, pad, and mobile from Patricia Johnson; mailbox from Monique Speake and the UPS store at 1241 Johnson in San Luis Obispo;

Admin Funds Donated:  
--> Dana Starkovich, Leslie Rotstein, Rita Erwin, 

Funds Donated:  
--> Amy Sullivan, Patty Aguilar, Tyler Haugen, Jean Steel, Joanna Burrows, Amanda Sorensen, Gina Wing, Michele Starling, Jayne Devencenzi, Roberta Kassak, Susan Robertson, Ann McMahon, Quilt Raffle, Karen Steves, Nancy Kraus, Pismo Beach/Five Cities Rotary, Fred Donati, Kat Tuculet, Linda Perez, Diane Ludin, Marylou Gooden, Phil and Joanne Ruggles, Mary Parker, Judy Barclay, Lola Zybura, Dan Carpenter, Diane Wettlaufer, Karen and John Anderson, Sue Smith, Bob and Carol Kerwin, Manuel Barba, Angela and Randall Freberg, Sylvia Drucker,  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Whiz Kids! Diaper Drive for Womenade!

Bring full or partial packages of diapers or wipes to Whiz Kids Toys in San Luis Obispo this Saturday, September 19th, and receive 20% off a regular priced item.  What a great way to celebrate their 28th birthday!  Thank you Lesa and staff.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

SLO Wine Country Association Event to Fund Womenade

San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association has selected Womenade as the 2015 beneficiary of charity monies to be raised at their Harvest on the Coast Celebration Grand Tasting and Auction on Saturday, November 7th, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Avila Beach Resort.  Follow this link for tickets and more information:  SLO Wine Country

We are grateful to Heather Muran and SLO Wine Country for this opportunity to share our mission and receive funds to help local people in need.

Monday, August 31, 2015

What Womenade Shared From August 16th - August 31st

August 17: Car trailer fee and partial motel payment to bring a car from a donor in Oregon to a formerly homeless Veteran who has secured housing, a job, and enrolled at Cuesta. Referral: Larry Feldt and Robert Ellis, CAPSLO/VA ($300) 2088

August 17: Computer from Exploration Station for a young student to use for schoolwork. Referral: Barbara Turk, DSS ($25) 2089

August 17: School clothes and supplies for 3 siblings recently placed in the custody of their grandma after their dad killed their mother. Referral: Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($200) 2090

August 17: Medication for a recent widow who is struggling to stay housed and fed. Referral: Bessy Hoffman, LINK ($269.95) 2090

August 17: Partial rent to prevent eviction of single mother of 2 who can't work because of her high-risk pregnancy. Referral: Marisela Corona, LINK ($300) 2091

August 17: Partial utility payment for family with a newborn struggling with bills. Referral: Drew Washer, French Hospital social worker ($200) 2092

August 17: Campsite fees for 4 nights for a homeless mother and her 2 daughters who will have housing after that. Referral: Belinda Benassi and Martha Dias, Child Welfare Services ($196) 2093

August 17: School clothes and supplies for children starting school on the 19th. Referral: Sonia Greene, LINK ($200) 2094

August 17: Partial rent for a room for a homeless man; Catholic Charities can't pay for subleases. Referral: Mendy Wilson, Catholic Charities ($200) 2095

August 17: Bus passes for a mother and 3 of her 6 children to allow the mom to job search and take children to health and community resources appointments. Referral: Jessica Mondragon, RISE, Paso Robles Shelter Manager, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($160) 2096

August 18: Impound fee for expired plates and no smog certificate for a mother of a severely mentally ill son; she needs the car to get to her part time in-home caregiver job. Referral: David Mayfield, Youth Services/County Mental Health ($275)

August 18: Gas and clothes for a man who just started work, but has not received his first paycheck. Referral: Jeannette Garcia, Goodwill ($205.95) 2097

August 18: Partial room rent for 69-year-old woman who has found a room. Referral: Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($200) 2098

August 20: Appropriate clothes for a woman to wear to Family Treatment Court. Referral: Belisnda Benassi, Child Welfare Services ($100) 2099

August 24: Car registration fee for a mother to be able to bring her 3rd grader to school. Referral: Frankie Irvine, Lucia Mar Unified Schools ($155) 2100

August 24: 4 nights in a motel for grandparents and their grandchildren while waiting for funeral services for the children's mother who was a victim of domestic violence homicide, and guardianship proceedings. Referral: Mary Squellati, CAPSLO, Laurie Morgan, SAFE, and Divina Flores, Office of the District Attorney ($375) 2101

August 24: Double stroller and jammies for children in a struggling family. Referral: PHN, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($97.07) 2110

August 26: Partial rent for a single mom and her special needs son. Referral: Elise Carraway, The Speech and Learning Coach ($200) 2103

August 26: Port-a-crib as a bed for young baby whose mom left a domestic violence situation. Referral: PHN, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($60) 2111

August 28: PE uniform for middle schooler, and school supplies for 3 children. Referral: Danilda Reyes, LINK ($13 and $150) 2104 and 2105

August 28: Clothes for a mom who lost most of her clothing. Referral: Katie Mitchell, Child Welfare Services ($100) 2105

August 28: Partial rent for young couple; the man underwent major surgery at UCLA, and the wife was out of work for 3 weeks. Referral: Eloisa Medina, Hearst Cancer Resource Center ($200) 2106

August 28: Gas for psychiatric patient being discharged from the hospital to return to her family. Referral: Kathleen and Idee Shapiro, SLO Outpatient Mental Health ($75) 2107

August 28: Underwear and jeans for a woman in the Permanent Housing with Support Program. Referral: Jackie Andrews, Transitions-Mental Health ($100) 2108

August 28: Car registration for a single mother who has turned her life around, and is in her last semester at Allan Hancock in the RN program.   Referral: Beverly Cook, Goodwill, America's Jobs ($187) 2109

August 31: Child safety gate to keep a 1-year-old from falling down stairs. Referral: PHN, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($26.99) 2110

August 31: Backpack for a mom to use for her community college classes. She and her son have recently found housing after being homeless. Referral: Robin Kirby, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($4.25) 2110

August 31: Bus pass and textbooks for homeless teen. Referral: A'Jah Love, County Youth Employment Specialist ($105.95) 2112

August 31: Motel stay for 3 nights for homeless veteran trying to turn his life around. Referral: Larry Feldt, CAPSLO/VA ($243.22) 2112

August 31: Partial payment for driver's training for a student who has been living in a Safe House with his mom after escaping a domestic violence situation. Referral: Frankie Irvine, Lucia Mar Unified Families in Transition ($100) 2113

Items Donated:   port-a-crib from Michael Boyer; North County delivery by Sue Horwood; kitchen items from Rose Fowler and Bill Plummer; high chair from Negar Mashhoon; delivery by Jayne Auchterlonie; North County delivery by Joy Sostrin; gas card from James and Lori Scrivner; gift cards for grandparents from Nita La Loggia, Barbara Putman, Bianca Botha, Karen Steves, and Anonymous; full size mattress from Marcy Owens for 2 little boys delivered by Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer; baby bouncer from Susan Updegrove; diapers from Kemay Eoyang; a bounty of grocery bags from Helma Smulders; children's clothes from Michael Boyer and Dorothy Hines;

Funds Donated: Sue Smith, Bob and Carol Kerwin, Kathy Long, Glen Aquino in celebration of Iris's 3rd birthday, Melaleuca, Diane Wettlaufer, Gail Dryden, Bat Mitzvah donation from Brooke Jacobs, Susan Horwood, Megan Bochum, Kathleen Bochum, Maggie Ragatz, Whiz Kids Toys, Janet Halverson, Robin DiBiase, Jeanette Krystoff, Nancy Norwood to honor Naomi Blakely, Kathy apRoberts, Alison Haupt, Karen Steves, Bruce and Marilyn Rolph, Brent and Fran Norris, Claudia Sorensen, Steven and Susan Zweig, Ken and Pat Haines, Tom and Gail Ryan, Gary and Christi Nemetz, Rolando Mejia and Elisea Dres, Susan Weiss, Stanton and Vicki Wyne, Cynthia Grenz, Steve and Linda Souza, Tom and Amy Hedges, Jack and Betty Scully, Lisa Redman, Nancy Kraus, Marna Lombardi, Freddi Quin, Eve Alford, Carrie Fogo, St. Peter's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, Peti Johnson, Lisa Bertrand,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pismo Beach & Five Cities Rotary

Womenade was the featured non-profit at the Pismo Beach/Five Cities' Summer Sizzle Live Auction, their 28th annual charity event and barbecue, held August 15th, 2015, at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo.  We are grateful to Michael Boyer, Steve Curry, and Rotary members for their continuing support of San Luis Obispo County Womenade.

Friday, August 14, 2015

What Womenade Shared From August 1st - August 15th

August 4:  Food and gas for a mother of 3 who is working out a plan to escape domestic violence.  Referral:  Sandra Garcia, San Luis Obispo County Mental Health ($200) 2071

August 4:  Hospital and anesthesiology payments for a 30-year-old breast cancer victim with a young son.  Referral:  Gloria Caine, Hearst Cancer Resource Center ($100 and $100) 2072 and 2073

August 6:  Gas card for mother with a severely handicapped toddler and a newborn in the hospital for an extended time.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) 2074

August 6:  Shoes/underwear for 3 children.  Referral:  Julia Mercado, Childcare provider ($100) 2074

August 6:  Safe childcare for the youngest child of a single dad.  The family is recovering from a crisis that has left them in a fragile state.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($200) 2075

August 6:  Computer from Exploration Station for a 13-year-old to use for homework and school communication.  Referral:  David Lichti, therapist ($25) 2076

August 6:  Partial payment for an MRI for a 34-year-old mother of 3 who has a possible brain tumor.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($250) 2077

August 6:  Tires for 65-year-old homeless woman living in her car.  Referral:  Miriam Castillo, Transitions Mental Health ($305.95) 2078

August 6:  Textbooks for full-time Cuesta student and single mother of 2 children who has just been laid off from her job.  She is looking for new employment.  Referral:  Andrea Devitt, Cuesta counselor ($105.95) 2078

Aug 7:  Partial rent for single mother who has had her work hours cut.  Catholic Charities can’t fund subleases.  Referral:  Mendy Wilson, Catholic Charities ($200) 2079

Aug 7:  Car insurance past due payment for woman working hard to find employment.  Referral:  Mendy Wilson, Catholic Charities ($64.67) 2080

August 11:  Gas card for family of hospitalized man.  Referral:  Drew Washer, French Hospital social worker ($50) 2081

August 12:  Clothes for a 53-year-old woman who has lost a great deal of weight fighting ovarian cancer.  Referral:  Barbara Putman, and shopping by Cyndy Later ($100)

August 12:  Partial utility payment for woman whose power has been shut off.  Salvation Army is paying part, as well.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi, Child Welfare Services ($200) 2082

August 12:  Cleaning supplies and insect foggers for a counselor and health navigator to use with a family moving to housing.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($100) 2083

August 12:  Food for a woman who has had a lumpectomy as well as back surgeries from injuries sustained from carrying her dying father.  Referral:  Rose Levinson-Cooke, Central Coast Home Health ($100) 2083

August 13:  Clothes for a college student who has gained a great deal of weight due to breaking both feet.  Referral:  Janice Chagoya, University of La Verne ($82.79) 2084

August 13:  Partial rent to prevent eviction for a family that is short funds due to recent surgery.  Referral:  Mendy Wilson, Catholic Charities ($200) 2085

August 13:  Tooth extraction at CHC for a single mother of 3 who works in the fields.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($140) 2086
August 14:  Blood test at CHC for senior citizen who doesn’t work; her daughter works housekeeping in a motel.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($232) 2087

Items Donated:  
-->board books, children’s clothes and shoes, and changing pad from Roxanne Pryor; school backpacks and supplies from 2 Anonymous donors; school supplies from Rabobank via Michele Starling; clothes from Leslie Cosgrove and Tina Dodd-Wilson; shelf and toys from John Hostetter;  printer for a student getting a computer from Exploration Station from Emily Boule; printer for a foster family from Chuck and Lois Crotser; 4 fans for babies living in unsafely hot places from Susie Miner/Miner’s Ace Hardware and 1 from Linda Jankay and 1 from Anonymous; queen futon from Heather Thomas for mom moving to housing and getting to see her children weekends; backpacks from Baxter & Moerman Jewelry; children’s clothes, diapers, backpack, and pack-n-play from Mariam Shah; blanket from Ellis and Nate Turner; diapers and wipes from Kathie Hendricks; school supplies for 3 teens in one family and 2 elementary students and a middle school student in another from Anonymous; diapers from Central Coast Circle of Friends; high chairs from Lynn Heinrich (2) and Phyllis Bettencourt; formula and towels from Laura Fulton; baby bath tub and high chair from Bianca Botha; school supplies from Lori Sonnabend, Lynn DeLeo, Nell Quijano, and Rosemary Cleaves; toiletries from Grace Nagel; diapers from Anonymous via Amazon delivery; backpacks for 2 brothers from Kathy apRoberts and 3 extra backpacks; baby swing for mom to use for newborn when she is busy with her severely handicapped 2-year-old from Alison Haupt with shopping by Kathy apRoberts; crib/toddler bed from Hossein Akhavan; bike from Olivia Glidden, age 11; clothes for a newborn from Gwen Stewart using her Womenade necklace funds; 100 t-shirts from the Food Bank for the Women’s Honor Farm to turn into grocery bags for the Nipomo Food Distribution and The Food Bank’s Children’s Farmers’ Markets; twin bed for young girl from Nara Clark; 

Funds Donated: 
--> Lisa Bertrand, Patty Aguilar, Mary Parker, Roberta and Frank Kassak, Marylou Gooden, Anne Tiber, Marilyn Fuller, Diane McKeague, Bev Cohen, Carol Misson, Marsha Alpert, Rose McQuade, Judy Riener, Elaine Gardiner, Diana Foch, Jayne Devencenzi, Marty Kessler, Elisa Feingold, Naomi Blakely, Karen Blum, Vicki McPartland, Marcy Owens, Bette Kulp, Nita La Loggia, Kathy apRoberts, Teri Block, Leslie Jones, Judy Eisenhard, Mariam Shah, Judy Schaefer, Malka Kutner, Marla Lee Eaton, Tina Doherty, Lynn De Leo, Barbara Deel, Mary Weeks, Madeline Fay, Mary Anne Morgan, Ginny Kenny, Madeline Stevenson, Lori Sonnabend, Candace Guldeman, Katie Perez, Joy Pickell, Barbara Crawford, Janice Chagoya, Nell Quijano, Rosemary Cleaves, Arlene Versaw, Bonnie Rivera, Grace Nagel, Sari Dworkin, Joanne and Phil Ruggles, Judy Barclay, Teresa Mortilla, Fred Donati, Mariaelena Jarson in honor of Marylou Gooden, Tim and Marilyn Banducci, Susan Demma, Steve and Cathy Francis, 

Admin Funds Donated:    
-->Rita Erwin, Dana Starkovich, Wendy Daly, Leslie Rotstein, Rita Erwin, Katie Perez,