Friday, October 17, 2014

Open Studio to Benefit Womenade

Open Studio at 1775 Conejo in San Luis, Oct. 18 & 19. Wendy Daly, Kathy Briles, Susan Pyburn, and Ken Freygang each will raffle a piece of their amazing art for Womenade. Come visit!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Womenade Shared Oct. 1-15. Thanks!

October 1:  Storage fee for single mother.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($155) 1534

October 1: Crib for 21-month-old moving from homelessness to housing.  Referral:  PHN, and delivered by Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer ($243) 1535
October 2:  Car repair for elderly lady.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1536

October 2:  Car registration for woman who is trying to be more independent, including maintaining ongoing therapy appointments.  Referral:  Brandon Maynard, RISE ($295.25) 1537

October 3:  Motel stay for a week for a homeless family whose baby is in Sierra Vista.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($300) 1538

October 3:  Food and gas for man whose hours at his job have been cut back significantly.  He needs support until unemployment benefits begin.  Referral:  Brittany Carraway, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing ($200) 1539

October 3:  Rent for single widow and her 4 children.  Referral:  Pastor Katy Griffin,
Highlands Church  ($300) 1540

October 6:  Partial rent for 54-year-old man who suffers from MS who has been homeless for 6 months.  Rest of rent supported by 5 Cities Homeless Coalition.  Referral:  Larry Feldt, CAPSLO ($250) 1541

October 6:  Pack-n-play for teen mom’s baby due to arrive soon.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Toni Negranti ($)

October 8:  Crib and bedding for an infant being taken in by a family member.  Referral:  Staci DeWitt, Child Welfare Services ($90.72) 1542

October 9:  Partial restraining order fees for a victim of especially brutal violence.  Referral:  Sara Madden, Legal Services, RISE ($300) 1543

October 9:  Late utility fee payment to prevent shut off for woman in need.  Referral:  Aracely Barajas, social worker, Peoples Self Help Housing ($288) 1544

October 10:  Rental assistance for family of 5 who have had unexpected health bills.  The counselor is meeting with them for budgeting strategies going forward.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez, LINK ($300) 1545

October 10:  Gas for single mother of 3 to take her oldest child from the Coast to San Luis for counseling sessions a new therapist..  Counselor is working with the family to budget for future transportation costs.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez, LINK ($100) 1546

October 10:  Track shoes for a student whose mom is unable to care well for him.  He is a senior working for the YMCA.  Referral:  Shelley Benson, counselor, San Luis Obispo High School delivered by Taryn Greer ($104.95) 1547

October 10:  Partial payment of water bill so service can be restored after being off for several weeks.  Minor child in the home is at risk of being detained by Child Welfare Services if the water is not turned back on.  Referral:  Erin Holmes, County Social Services ($300) 1548

October 10:  Co-sleeper for mom living in a shelter and needing to nurse her newborn frequently.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Toni Negranti ($)

October 10:  Child front/back carrier for baby needing to be held.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Toni Negranti ($)

October 10:  Vacuum cleaner for family moving in to a small space with a newborn.  Apartment has all carpet.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Toni Negranti ($)

Items Donated:  Diapers from Merry-Go-Round; baby bjourn, backpack, potty, safety gate, safety items, and baby items from Judy Barclay; king blanket and storage containers from Leslie Jones; sheets and mattress cover from Roz Phillips; toiletries to Grizzley and Prado by Kat Tuculet; bed from Hospice Partners Hope Chest; bed and crib deliveries to 3 families by Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer; pillows, blanket, and bedspread from Marylou Gooden; toys and easel from Whiz Kids for Cooper Melton’s garage sale for Womenade; North County delivery by Dee Lacy; food and towels for family with 3 children living in a campground from Kathy apRoberts; fabric for quilts and children’s books from Mariam Shah; children’s clothes from Pat Cano; 2 cases of diapers from KeMay Eoyang; rolls of paper for Los Ranchos from Bonnie and Chuck Rivera via Rosemary Cleaves; port-a-crib, high chair, and sling from Jen Melton; booster seats from Rosemary Cleaves; huge collection of blocks, toys and puzzles from Anonymous; socks for camping children from Kathy apRoberts and the Sock Drawer delivered by Stu Soren; fundraiser event costs from Fran and Brent Norris, Betty and John Scully, Michael and Beverly Tabak, and Janice and Jim Paulsen;

Funds Donated:   Sharynn Chirpich in remembrance of Francis De L’Eau – Leslie Jones’s mother, Carol Tickner, Mary Parker, Lisa Bertrand, Carol Astaire, Vicki Tucker-Luginbill in memory of Dusty, Elise Carraway, Judy Barclay, Cathy Hughes, Joanne and Phil Ruggles, Darlene Phillips, Diane Wettlaufer, Kroger, Robert Tracy, Stacy Murphy, Martin Akel, A.L. and Julie Holland, Barbara Hauck and Frank Blickensderfer, Fran and Brent Norris, Marcel and Susan Lachemann, James and Kathleen Sorenson, John and Marcia Traversaro, Joe and Carol Strong, Christine and Richard Cogger, H.A. and Suzanne Davidson, Peter and Jacqueline Evans, Patrick and Ann McGlynn, Richard and Patricia Hunt, Stacy Murphy, Lee and Julie Edmonson, Paul and Kristin Laughton, Anita and Tom Giangreco, Brian and Debra Kaub, Jim and Judy Earnest, Dale Holmes and Linda Challoner-Holmes, Jamie Herbon, E.B. and S.L. Bergmann,  Stephen and Linda Souza, Donna Caley Leach and Robert Leach, Tom and Amy Hedges, Randy and Nancy Christensen, Joeseph and Susan Kastelic, Michael and Lydia Nelson, Donald and Jacquelin Jones, Val and Laurie Saldana, G.R. and P. Eldredge, James and Janice Paulsen, Michael and Beverly Tabak, Ken and Vivian Chaubet, Jim and Liz Murray, John and Betty Scully,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Womenade Shared from September 16 - 30

Funds Donated 3rd Quarter: $21,482.01
Shared 3rd Quarter:  $17,178.51
Donated since April, 2003:  $375,886.34

September 16:  Partial rent for a homeless senior citizen with very advanced liver failure.  Doctors will not start Interferon until he is housed because of the side effects of the quimotherapy.  Referral:  Eloisa Media, ECHO ($300) 1512

September 16:  Restoring PG&E service to a family reuniting with their teen and working on their relationship on a limited income.  Referral:  Jenna Wolfson, Family Care Network ($227.20) 1513

September 16:  Food for a disabled man living on $886 Social Security who had this month’s amount mistakenly cut by $260.  Referral:  Brittany Carraway, People’s Self Help Housing ($155.95) 1514

September 17:  Team volleyball sweatshirts for 3 girls.  One girl’s family has just moved to housing after being homeless for a year; the other 2 are in families that are struggling financially.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez, LINK, Cambria Schools ($75) 1515

September 17:  Partial rent for single mother returning soon to work after difficulties at the end of pregnancy, post-partum stress, and car problems that took up much of her saved money.  Referral:  PHN ($300) 1516

September 17:  Initial eye specialist appointment for teen.  Once this payment is met, CCS can cover treatment.  Referral:  PHN ($250) 1517

September 18:  Gas card for rural family to continue to drive daily from rural area of the county to see their baby in the NICU.   Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker with delivery by Colleen Spafford ($100) 1518

September 18:  Child front/back carrier pack for mother of little boy.  Referral:  PHN, and purchase by Tess Mathews with Merry-Go-Round scrip ($21.60 value)
September 18:  Partial car registration for homeless woman whose disability prevents her from using public transportation.   She needs her car to live in, as well as to look for housing and get to medical appointments.  She is paying $65 toward this fee.  Referral:  Debbie Beckett, CAPSLO ($300) 1519

September 18:  Storage unit payment to protect homeless woman from losing everything she owns.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO  ($164) 1520

September 23:  Partial payment for single, homeless mom to get the ashes of her baby boy, who died this month, back from the crematory.   Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1521

September 24:  Fast food cards for grandmother taking care of her grandchildren while recovering from major surgery.  The mother is receiving mental health services at a treatment facility in another city.  Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar Schools ($105.95) 1522

September 24:  Partial rent for single, hardworking mom who has had a difficult month.  Referral:  Ivette Felix, LINK ($300) 1523

September 24:  Swim lessons for 7-year-old girl who has recently experienced the traumatic loss of her mother.  In the past, being in the water has been a soothing experience for her.  Referral:  Kim Richards, counselor, Tidelands Counseling ($350) 1524

September 26:  2 nights motel stay for homeless family with children age 3 and 8 who now have a newborn.  The father will start a new job on the 13th of October.  Referral:  Sierra Vista NICU social worker ($275.58) Cash

September 26:  2 nights motel stay for homeless family with a 2-year-old who now have a newborn.  The father is looking for work.  Referral:  Sierra Vista NICU social worker ($241.98) Cash

September 26:  Partial rent for single mom; her son’s father left, and she has had no luck asking family to help.  Referral:  Romi Ramirez, LINK  ($250) 1525

September 24:  Partial PG&E payment for a family living with another family who suddenly moved out without paying.  Partnering with Salvation Army for this bill. Referral:  Romi Ramirez, LINK ($236) 1526

September 29:  Partial rent for single mom currently living on $399 a month in child support while she waits for disability clearance.  She has already been helped by Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.  Referral:  Katy Griffin, Pastor of Missions/Pastoral Care, Highlands Church ($300) 1527

September 29:  Crib for baby whose current sleeping space is too small.  Referral:  PHN, Shopping by Tess Mathews with Merry-Go-Round scrip ($75) Cash

September 29:  Stroller for single mom who walks as her only transportation.  Referral:  PHN, shopping by Tess Mathews with Merry-Go-Round scrip ($5) Cash

September 30:  Training diapers, gas, and food for struggling family.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK  ($246.65) Cash

September 30:  Partial rental deposit for abused mom who has 2 school-age children.  She works a modest job and has $300 of her own to apply toward this deposit.  Referral:  Lisa Martinez, Women’s Shelter, San Luis ($300) 1528

September 30:  Partial deposit for mother of 2 moving to a SAFE house.  She just got a full-time job, and will receive her first paycheck soon.   She is contributing $300 toward the deposit.  Referral:  Lisa Martinez, Women’s Shelter, San Luis ($300) 1529

September 30:  Partial rent for single mom and her 18-month-old now moving to housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1530

September 30:  Childcare for a mom catching up on high school credits at Independent Studies in Atascadero.  She is on the wait list for childcare, and needs this support or she will be dropped from the program.  Referral:  Jannine Saldana, CAPSLO ($100) 1531

September 30: Partial rent for struggling family with 3 children living in a small studio behind a main house.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez ($300) 1532

September 30:  Dental treatment for 34-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($220) 1533

Items Donated:  toys and clothes from Kate Mavis; items to Pirates’ Closet from Andrea Wasko; pack-n-play from Hope Chest; delivery by Jayne Auchterlonie; toiletries and bags from Jayne Auchterlonie; car booster seat from Bette Kulp; hygiene items to Pirates' Closet by Edna Marie Cole; 10 handmade blankets from Katie Perez; 2 cases of diapers and 1 case of wipes from Kathie Hendricks; glassware from Judy Rutter; twin bed, book shelf, and night stand from Laurie DeSchryver; diapers, diaper bag, baby clothes from Nipomo Kiwanis; a bounty of food for family living in a campsite from Kathy apRoberts and from Anonymous; 4 hand knit baby blankets from Ruth Nagano; North County delivery by Colleen Spafford; South County delivery by Monica Soren; doll house and many toys from John Hostetter; double bed from Roz Phillips;  3rd Quarter Total:  $6,897.17

Funds Donated:  
--> Roy and Linda Rawlings, Susan Salmeri, Judy and Ken Riener, Diane Wettlaufer, Tom and Kathy McLaughlin, Melaleuca, Kathy Long in appreciation for computer repair from David Blakely; Tess Mathews.  3rd Quarter Total:  $21,482.01

Monday, September 15, 2014

What Womenade Shared from September 1 - 15

September 2:  Gas card for family to take daughters to Paso Robles for extensive dental work.  Work hours for both parents have been cut.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez, LINK ($100) 1495

September 3:  Clothes, shoes, and underwear for 3 children who arrived here with only the clothes on their backs.  Referral:  PHN ($200) 1496

September 3:  Clothes for 2 teen boys.  Referral:  Ivette Felix, LINK ($100) 1496
September 3:  Partial rent for single man in his forties who has started employment at a golf course.  Referral:  Michael Sheard, CAPSLO ($275) 1497

September 5:  Dental treatment for 15-year-old boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1498

September 6:  Port-a-crib for young baby.  Referral:  PHN ($20) 1499

September 6:  Bassinet and breastfeeding pillow.  Referral:  PHN ($15) 1500

September 9:  Shoes for special needs 5th grader.  Referral:  Michelle Gaulden, County Mental Health ($50) 1501

September 9:  Gas card for struggling family with 2 children, one has special needs.  Referral:  Michelle Gaulden, County Mental Health ($100) 1501

September 9:  Car seat for 1-year-old.  Alpha can’t help because family wasn’t enrolled before the child was 1, and the County car seat program is on a hiatus due to staffing.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Tess Mathews ($)

September 9:  Double stroller with family with newborn twins.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Tess Mathews with Merry-Go-Round credit

September 9:  Partial payment for spinal MRI for uninsured woman.  Referral:  Romi Ramirez, LINK ($100) 1502

September 10:  Jacket for 4-year-old girl.  Referral:  Jannine Saldana, CAPSLO ($50) 1503

September 10:  Size 4 and 5 diapers for 2 families.  Families can only get 12 diapers a time at ALPHA and Tree of Life.  Referral:  Jannine Saldana, CAPSLO ($56.14) 1503

September 10:  Driver’s License test fee for client working to improve situation.  Referral:  Jannine Saldana, CAPSLO ($33) 1504

September 10:  Partial rent for older woman whose daughter will soon be moving in and helping with future rent.  Referral:  Larry Feldt, CAPSLO 1505

September 10:  Dental treatment for young boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($150) 1506

September 11:  Partial apartment deposit for homeless family moving to housing.  Father is now working full time as a day laborer; mother has severe medical issues.  Family will be able to make rent once established.  Referral:  Casey Roos, County Mental Health ($300) 1507

September 11:  Partial rental deposit for single mother of 3 fleeing abuse.  Referral:  Lisa Martinez, Women’s Shelter ($300) 1508

September 12:  Partial payment of fees for single mother to get her car out of repossession.  She needs her car for her job, and her counselor has completed a budget with her which shows she is able to maintain the car payment in the future.  Referral:  Theresa Johnson and Belinda Benassi, Child Welfare Services ($285 and $15) 1509

September 12:  Sippy cups for toddler in homeless family.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Tess Mathews

September 15:  Partial rent for a man in his 40s who just got housing and is working hard in his job and with his support system.  Referral:  Michael Sheard, CAPSLO ($200) 1510

--> Items Donated:  baby clothes from Katie Perez; baby clothes from Aubey Gardner; Go Daddy from Elaine Stewart; baby items and diapers from Jane Fairbairn and Amy Hedges;  jackets, comforter and towels from Judy Rutter; clothes and towels from San Luis Country Club Pool and Myki Keffury; children’s clothes from Houry Semerdjian; baby clothes from Elaine Gardiner; shirts from Kitty Rice; stroller from Carol Tickner; stroller from Mariam Shah; clothes from Helma Smulders; 

Funds Donated:  
--> Diana Henderson, Sandi Pardini, Martini Knight, Barbara Pensky, Elizabeth Steen, Anonymous, Amy Hedges, Judy Earnest, Arlene Shinderman, Nancy Schwager, Donna Nisbit, Jennifer Fieger, Susan Weiss, Marylin Rolph, Rosemary Nelson, Betty Scully, Lisa Redman, Eveline Alford, Susan Ashford, Jane Fairbairn, Frances Norris, Mary Lauffenburger, Jane Mouw, Jamie Herbon, Stacy Murphy, Verna O’Connell, Jacqueline Evans, Linda G. Garza, Marian Neutz, Linda Souza, Vicki Wyne, Carol Strong, Myra Akel, Wanda Bailey, Nancy Kraus, Freddi Quin, Susan Ford, Dorothy Mauger, Karen Anderson, Sue Smith, Carolyn Goossens, George Bardizbanian, Leona Sullivan, Kristin Laughton, Christi Nemetz, Judy Barclay, Lola Zyburra, Bart and Maryalice Jones,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Laguna Middle School Backpack Program

Womenade, under the leadership of Diane McKeague, sends home backpacks of food for 5 Laguna Middle School families each Friday.  Without our support, these students and their families would not have enough to eat over the weekend.

If you would like to volunteer to fill backpacks, please email Diane:  If you would like to donate food, please bring your donations to Laguna, and let the secretary know the items are for Womenade's Backpack Program.  Items need to be light weight for carrying home.

Thank you!
Suggested Food List
Mac & Cheese
Peanut butter, Jelly
Honey in plastic containers
Nutrition bars, breakfast bars
Saltine crackers, Graham crackers          
Canned tuna, canned boned chicken
1# bags spaghetti, noodles, pasta, rice
Small jar of mayonnaise (Dollar Store has small plastic containers of mayo)
Box of instant milk mix
Package of individual fruit, applesauce, or others
String cheese, or Bon Bell Waxed cheese
Oatmeal in single serving, individual packages
Cheese and cracker snacks
Fresh tortillas
Apples, small bags of carrots
Other fresh fruit of veggies that can go into a junior high school back pack.
Tomato or V8 juice
Dry soup mixes
Small boxes of Raisins
Canned Items: beans: black, kidney, refried, chili; ravioli, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, NO GLASS JARS

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tennis Warehouse Donation

Cheer on the Tennis Warehouse as their team competes tomorrow, September 5th, in the tournament sponsored by Rosetta.  The enrollment fee was $300 to their favorite charity - Womenade.  Thanks to Bronte Diaz for delivering that donation to us.  If Tennis Warehouse wins, Womenade receives $300 more!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PG&E Workplace Giving Program

Thanks to Marylou Gooden for registering Womenade for PG&E's workplace giving program.  Molly Kiely of Bright Age Media & Marketing (BAMM) made an amazing poster for the event.  Grateful to all!