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

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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
 
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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,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Miner's Ace Hardware

Special thanks to Miner's Ace Hardware for donating 4 new room fans to cool babies living in small apartments that are too hot for their health and safety.  Grateful for this community outreach!

Friday, July 31, 2015

What Womenade Shared From July 1st - July 15th


July 1:  Partial utility payment for family whose electricity has been shut off.  Referral:  Diana Steinhauer, County social worker ($200) 2030

July 1:  Emergency motel stay for abused mother and her 2 and 4-year olds until they can get safe housing.  Referral:  Adrienne Lomp, LINK Health Navigator ($151.74) 2031

July 2:  Emergency gas card for family to take their 8-month-old to the hospital in Madera for the 12th time.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) 2032

July 2:  Child safety gate to protect toddler.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($)

July 7:  Emergency gas card for a man’s family member to take him from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara for a surgery appointment.  Referral:  Alyssa Canada, social worker, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ($50) 2033

July 7:  Emergency gas card so a mother can take her son to Santa Barbara for a medical appointment.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($50) 2034

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July 9:  Phone card so the mother of a 1-year-old entering residential treatment can keep in touch with her child’s foster parents.  Referral:  Kim Schwab, County Drug and Alcohol Services, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($45)

July 9:  Smog check and car registration for a Veteran who recently became housed after being homeless for 6 years.  Referral:  Fiona Phillips, People’s Self-Help Housing ($48 and $80) 2036 and 2037

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July 9:  Safety cook top so elderly woman can remain independent.  Referral:  Brittany Carraway, People’s Self-Help Housing ($91.99) 2039

July 10:  Partial rent for a mom who works long hours, and has never asked for help before.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($300) 2040

July 12:  Emergency car seat for newborn to safely leave the hospital with her mother.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($97.07) 2041

July 13:  Partial security deposit for a disabled single mom to move from homelessness to housing.  Referral:  Pat Blackwell and Belinda Benassi, County Department of Social Services ($306) 2042

July 13:  Glasses for a woman Veteran who received glasses from the Lions within the last year and is not eligible again; she has had eye surgery.  She has been offered a job if she can get new glasses.  Referral:  Esther Castillo, PATH ($200) 2043

July 13:  Emergency tires so a woman can safely drive from South County to her job in Morro Bay.  Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar School District ($85.95) 2044

July 13:  Boys Club Summer Camp for 3 special needs brothers.  Fees have been reduced, and parents are paying part when they get their check in August.  Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar Schools ($200) 2045

July 13:  Electricity bill payment to prevent shut off for man just diagnosed with cancer.  Referral:  Drew Washer, French Hospital social worker ($151.70) 2046

July 13:  Partial debt payment so a man who is part of the 50 Now Program can start anew.  Referral:  Lori Maggelet, Transitions Mental Health ($200) 2047

July 14:  PG&E payment to prevent shut off for a single mom who has gotten behind on bills, but now has a payment plan to become self-sufficient.  Referral:  Jason Flanagan, People’s Self-Help Housing ($28) 2048

July 14:  Partial rent for woman and her mother who are struggling to stay housed.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($300) 2049

July 14:  Partial payment for electric bill to prevent shut off for family with children.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($100) 2050

July 15:  Bike lock, headlight, and protective vest for a woman riding each morning at 3:00 a.m. to her new job.  Referral:  David Lichti, counselor ($41.75) 2051

Items Donated:  
--> Books from Whiz Kids and Lesa Smith; cloth grocery bags made by the SLO Honor Farm; North County delivery by Barbara Putman; books from Nita La Loggia; shoes and children’s clothes from Jacque Fondren; children’s cloths from Nancie Seydel; children’s chairs and toys from Anonymous; school supplies and backpacks for foster children and teens served by Family Care Network from Anonymous, Kathie Hendricks and her granddaughter Olivia, Baxter and Moerman Jewelry; refrigerator for a dad and 5 children from Barbara Rosenthal; crib from Roxanne Pryor set up by Terry Elfrink; 2 beds from Lesa Smith; dresser from Carol Astaire; toys from Karen Morgan; refrigerator for a woman who lost her husband to cancer and is caring for her daughter who has cancer from Lauren Rueda; kitchen items and shower curtain from Naomi Blakely; 2 cases of diapers from Peti Johnson; bike from Naomi Blakely; children’s quilts and blankets from Katie Perez; dining table and chairs from Vickie Rabourn; flatware from Jolie Burrows; clothes for Pirates’ Closet from Baywood Navy – shopping by Carol Devore; school supplies from Marian Kaser; linens, trundle bed, and kitchen items from Joan Hughes for a family moving to housing; kitchen supplies and twin bed from Danny Sullivan for a family moving to housing, delivered by Susan Updegrove; toddler bed repaired and delivered by Tom and Jayne Auchterlonie;

Fund Donated:
 Lisa Bertrand, Tim Banducci Golf Tournament, Diana Henderson, Mary Parker, Judy Barclay, Sophia Moreno, Laguna Lake Ladies Golf Members, Phil and Joanne Ruggles, Kroger, Sue Smith, Carol and Bob Kerwin, Madelyn Millholland and Warren Lowrey, Fred Donati, Anonymous, Carol and Jay Devore, Elizabeth Curren, Susan Hood, Lainie Wachter, Daphne Meyers, Rochelle Johnson, Yolanda Waddell, Maribeth Peterson, Evelyn Greenwald, Evelyn Ruehr, Jeannette Powles, Gail Sears, Peti Johnson,

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


What Womenade Shared from July 16th - July 31st


July 16:  Fruits and vegetables for diabetic homeless woman who has had gastric bypass surgery.  Referral:  Rose Levinson-Cooke, Central Coast Home Health and Hospice, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($100)

July 16:  Supplemental food for 4 people living together on a rural property, and dealing with physical and mental health issues.  Referral:   Rose Levinson-Cooke, Central Coast Home Health and Hospice, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($100)

July 16:  Gas card for man to travel to LA for surgery.  Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar Schools ($100) 2052

July 16:  Haircut and work shoes for a Veteran’s wife to begin work as a CAN.  Referral:  Jeannette Garcia, Goodwill ($100) 2052

July 16:  Partial room rent for a man and his children who are close to homelessness.  Catholic Charities can’t fund room rentals.  Referral:  Mendy Wilson, Catholic Charities ($250) 2053

July 16:  Legal documents so that the 17-year-old daughter in an abused family of 4 at the shelter can attend school.  A local attorney is assisting.  Referral:  Jessica Mondragon, RISE ($300) 2054

July 16:  Tooth extraction for a man in great pain.  Referral:  Cecilia Merrill, CDHC ($115) 2055

July 16:  Partial car repair payment for a woman who can’t drive to treatment until her vehicle is fixed.  Referral:  Elisa Leigan, County Behavioral Health ($250) 2056

July 17:  Payment for brake repair parts for a Veteran sharing custody of his teen daughter.  Referral:  Jason Flanagan, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing ($200) 2057

July 17:  Partial rent for a woman recovering from hip replacement surgery.  Referral:  Amber Grimme and Martha Landells, CAPSLO ($200) 2058

July 17:  Gas for mother to take her son to a geneticist in Madera.  Referral:  School psychologist and Adrienne Lomp, Link Health Navigator ($50) 2059

July 17:  Partial rent for a 63-year-old man in poor health working 2 jobs to keep his apartment.  Referral:  Dee Torres, SLO Housing Connection ($250) 2060

July 20:  Payment for breast cancer testing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, Hearst Cancer Resource Center/French Hospital ($95) 2061

July 22:  RTA 31-day bus pass to allow single mom to get to treatment.  Referral:  Paterese Reynolds, County Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($44)

July 22:  Food and gas for family of 5.  Mom just got a job over The Grade, but first paycheck is not till August 5th.  Referral: LINK ($250) 2062

July 23:  Partial rent for at-risk woman.  Referral:  Lynn Grizzard, SLO County Mental Health ($250) 2063

July 23:  Gas for man who has a part time minimum wage job he has been unable to get to every day because he can’t fuel his car.  Referral:  Lupe Solis, Goodwill ($100) 2064

July 23:  Partial rent for woman who has missed 2 weeks of work due to her father’s death.  Referral:  Jason Flanagan, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing  ($200) 2065

 July 23:  Children’s Museum entry for mom, so that counselor can help her learn to navigate public places with her 2-year-old.  Referral:  Jill Anderson, Martha’s Place ($8) 2066

July 24:  Gas bill payment to prevent imminent shut off for struggling woman.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($267.54) 2067

July 24:  Mobile hot spot and Internet card so a mother near death can facilitate custody arrangements for her 12 and 14-year-old daughters. Referral:  Cheri Birchard and Ingrid Pires, Wilshire Hospice ($136.28) 2068

July 27:  Emergency car brake repair for a single mom who works in the fields.  She and her children were victims of domestic violence.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($196.12) 2069

July 31:  Water bill late fees and partial rent for a hard-working single dad.  Referral:  Steve Devencenzi ($267.08) 2070

Items Donated:   Port-a-crib from Alison Haupt; board books from Roxanne Pryor; calculator from Marcie Lindvall for a homeless man taking a math class; school supplies and monitor from Bette Kulp; microwave from Joanne Frye delivered by Lisa Bertrand; bike from Jim Ellman; North County delivery by Dana Lundy; school supplies and backpacks from Deb Spatafore, Linda Thompson, Blonsley Law , Kathy and Jim apRoberts, Alison Haupt, and Leslie Rotstein; school supplies from Anonymous, Janet Allenspach, Marci Powers, Susan Updegrove, Susan Dressler, and Diane McKeague; tv, cd player, toys, and 100 books from Fred Donati; backpacks from Rob Angela and Anonymous; 14 backpacks and school supplies from Etna Interactive, Ryan Miller, president; 5 hand knit baby blankets from Ruth Nagano; bed frame from Linda Bishop; school supplies from Marsha Alpert; backpacks from Lisa Aquino; school supplies from Anonymous and Laurie Coggen; delivery by Stu and Monica Soren; toiletries from Jayne Auchterlonie and delivery to Grizzly Academy by Kat Tuculet; North County delivery by Colleen Spafford; furniture from Nell Ward; school supplies from Anonymous X 2; refrigerator and stove from Janie Holland; children’s play set and port-a-crib from Estate Sale

Funds Donated:   Sandra Brill, Diane Wettlaufer, Laguna Lake Ladies Golf Club, Mariam Shah, Ingrid Pires, Melaleuca, Darlene Krouse, Anneka Scranton, KW Realty Central Coast, David Blakely to celebrate Linda Olsen’s birthday, Nita La Loggia, Kathy Greer, Anonymous, 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Backpack/School Supply Drive for Family Care Network

Womenade just concluded a backpack and school supply drive for over 50 foster children and teens supported by Family Care Network.  Pictured are Kathy apRoberts and Nita La Loggia of Womenade and Pieter Neethling of Family Care Network.  Thanks to Etna Interactive, Blonsley Law, and the many Womenade friends who participated.  41 backpacks, 180 glue sticks, 3700 writing/drawing Instruments, and 15,800 pieces of paper were shared!

Etna Interactive Donation

Special thanks to Ryan Miller and his staff for all the backpacks and school supplies for children and teens. Pictured are Etna Interactive's Community Action Committee Members, Lindsey Lopez and Sarah Perry with Womenade's own Kathy apRoberts on the left.   Backpacks are headed to Family Care Network today!