Monday, September 19, 2016

SLO NATURAL FOODS CO-OP Partners with Womenade

We are grateful to SLO Natural Foods Co-Op customers for selecting Womenade for their Good Cents Program! Shop at 2494 Victoria Avenue, off Broad in San Luis, in September and October, and ask your cashier to round up to the nearest dollar or more for Womenade! Thanks Naomi Blakely for nominating Womenade, and owner, Gwen Schmidt, for creating this opportunity! http://slonaturalfoods.coop/

Friday, September 16, 2016

What Womenade Shared September 1st - September 15th

September 1:  Bus pass so a client can attend treatment twice a week.  Referral:  Maria Aquino, County Health Agency, and shopping by Edie Kahn ($44)

September 1:  Transportation of a senior Veteran's belongings to his new apartment after many other attempts failed.  Referral:  Jason Flanagan, People's Self-Help Housing ($300) 3005

September 1:  School supplies, including graphing calculators, for 2 high school students living with their mom who is struggling to meet finances required.  Referral:  Danilda Reyes, LINK ($300) Debit

September 1:  Food for a woman who has been laid off.  Referral:  Jennie Nostrum, RISE ($100) Debit

September 1:  Partial payment to repair water damage for a 63-year-old woman raising her granddaughter since her mother died in 2014; they have no other family.  Referral:  Kim Richards, Tidelands Counseling ($300) 3007

September 1:  Partial rent to prevent eviction of a single mother and her 4 children.  Referral:  Flor Ponce, CAPSLO ($300) 3008

September 2:  Clothes, underwear, and shoes for sisters aged 9 and 11 who are homeless with their dad.  Referral:  Ashley Totah,  Emergency Response, Child Welfare Services ($200) Debit

September 2:  Gas card for client who is in dire need of continued services and drives from Arroyo Grande.  Referral:  Magena Ammen,  RISE ($100) Debit

September 2:  Utility payment to prevent shut off for a single father of 5 who has been without a job for the last month.  Referral:  Tito Ponce, People's Self-Help Housing ($234.80) 3009

September 2:  Campsite payment for 2 weeks for a disabled family who has been living the the Oceano Creek bed.  The car they were living in was repossessed recently due to all the tickets they received for sleeping in it.  Referral:  Dee Torres-Hill, SLO Housing Connection ($175) 3010

September 6:  Partial payment for last month's rent for a single, working mother.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($250) 3011

September 6:  Trash bags to store washed clothes and linens after a bed bug infestation.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($16.14) Debit

September 6:  Partial rent for a family of 6; the father was recently disabled.  Referral:  Ricardo Vazquez, LINK ($300) 3012

September 7:  Radiator repair for a single mom and her son with special needs who are homeless.  Referral:  Robin Kirby, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education ($300) 3013

September 7:  Ensure nutrition shakes for a mother with Stage 4 colon cancer; she and her 13-year-old daughter are living in transitional housing now that the father is incarcerated. Referral:  Will Wallace, Atascadero Middle School ($100) Debit

September 8:  Special clothing for a student who has severe special needs around sensory issues.  The single mother is a full-time student set to graduate in May; she and her 3 children left a domestic violence situation.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha's Place Children's Center ($100) 3014

September 8:  School supplies for a student who has overcome trauma, been accepted to every university to which she applied, and is attending UC Davis on a scholarship.  Referral:  Manuel Barba, San Luis Obispo County Mental Health ($200) 3015

September 8:  Warm clothes for a 6-year-old who is homeless with her mother.  Referral:  Janet Allenspach, CAPSLO ($100) 3016

September 8:  Tools from Home Depot so a man who has suffered drug and alcohol problems can work.  Referral:  Debbie Beckett, CAPSLO ($300) 3017

September 8:  Partial payment for RV repair for a senior citizen couple (He is a Veteran.) who is homeless.  Referral:  Dena Gustafson, CAPSLO ($300) 3018

September 8:  Partial payment for dental crowns for the 11-year-old son of a single, hard-working mom.  Referral:  Sandra Garcia, County Mental Health ($300) 3019

September 8:  Sleeping bags for a mother and her children aged 13, 5, and 2 who are sleeping in a small tent.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha's Place Children's Center ($66.72 and $22.24) Debit

September 8:  Partial rent and food for a young woman who is working part time, but has had several medical bills that required all her funds.  Referral:  Katy Griffin, Highlands Church ($300) 3020

September 9:  Food and gas for a 24-year-old mother of a 1-year-old son; she is working part time and going to school part time, but losing hope.  Referral:  Andrea Devitt, Cuesta counselor ($150) 3021

September 9:  Gas so a mother who is a domestic violence victim can get her children to and from school.  Referral: Janett Garcia, RISE ($100) 3022

September 9:  Electricity bill payment to prevent shut off for a mother of 4 whose working hours were cut last month, but will go to full time in October.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($169) 3023

September 9:  RV repair so a woman living in the RV can pass smog check, get the vehicle registered, and prevent the impounding of her home.  Referral:  Nicole Zurcher, CAPSLO ($185 and $160) 3024 and 3037

September 10:  Computer donated by Rabobank, Arroyo Grande, for a student headed to UC Davis.  She experience great trauma, is from a family of limited means, was accepted to all colleges to which she applied, and granted a scholarship to Davis. Referral:  Manual Barbara, County Mental Health Services

September 12:  Basketball fees for a student in a family with no extra funds. Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar Unified Schools ($75) 3025

 September 12:  Partial rent for a family of 4; father left the home, and mother has a minimum wage job.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($300) 3026

September 13:  Safe tires for a mother of 2 who just got a new job.  Referral: Belinda Benassi, Child Welfare Services ($256) 3027

September 13:  Partial payment toward purchase of a car for a violence victim living in a safe house who is working very hard to regain her independence.  Referral:  Jessica Mondragon, RISE ($300) 3028

September 13:  Partial payment for rent for a single father in family reunification.  He is short this one time because he got rid of a roommate so that his studio apartment is occupied by himself and his daughters only.  Referral:  Aquila Corley, County Social Services ($300) 3029

September 13:  Safety cupboard latches so a father can keep his toddler safe.  Referral: Public Health Nurse, and shopping by Edie Kahn ($)

September 13: Shoes for 2 middle school students and a 4 year old in a family of 7 children.  Referral:  Amber Balais, LINK ($150) Debit

September 14:  Double stroller for a mother with an infant son and a 2-year-old daughter.  Mother is unemployed and needs to walk to appointments to save gas.  Referral:  Katy Philippe, Family Care Network, and shopping by Dan and Tess Mathews ($)

September 14:  Food and RTA  pass for a woman who arrived here with nothing. Referral:  Elisa Leigan San Luis County Behavioral Health, and shopping by Edie Kahn ($44 and $50) Debit

September 14:  RTA passes for a man who is unemployed and needs to get to treatment twice a week. Referral:  Maria Aquino, San Luis Obispo County Health Dept., and shopping by Edie Kahn ($44)

September 14:  Partial rent for a woman who works in the fields, but hasn't been able to work due to her cancer diagnosis, chemo, and radiation treatments.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, Hearst Cancer Resource Center ($300) 3030

September 14:  Rent support to prevent eviction of a Veteran and his wife.  Referral:  Michael Ostash, HUD/VASH ($237) 3031

September 14:  Motel stay for a man and his wife - she is in her 70s and suffered a stroke.  Efforts are being made to find housing, but meanwhile they need a safe, warm place.  Referral:  Samantha Crouse, ECHO Shelter ($300) 3032

September 14:  Gas card for a mother living in a SAFE house to get to appointments.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha's Place Children's Center - cards donated by Monday Club

September 15: Partial rent for a man moving from Sober Living to transitional housing.  He just started a job in construction.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, DAS County Health Dept.  ($300) 3033

September 15: Partial rent for a mother with 3 children who is going through a separation with her husband and other difficult issues.  Referral: Maribel Rodriguez, LINK ($300) 3034

September 15:  Car registration and smog check for a woman and her 3 children.  After leaving her abusive husband, they are sleeping in the car while working with law enforcement to find a permanent safe place.  Referral:  Brenda Vaughn, ARK ($196 and $45) 3035 and 3036

September 15:  Gas card for a mother to travel to Ventura and back to pick up her son from a hospital.  Referral:  Laura Gaisie, Transitions-Mental Health ($75) 3039

September 15:  Pots and pans for a client moving to housing.  Referral:  Laura Gaisie, Transitions-Mental Health ($100) 3039

September 15:   Underwear, clothes, and shoes for a boy with encopresis.  He has 3 siblings, and his mother has had to reduce her work hours to care for him.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha's Place Children's Center ($200) 3040

Items donated:  tent from Maggie Maly; sleeping bags from Barrie Dubois and Liz Johnston; dishes from Myra Akel; linens and towels from Rebecca Larson; quilt fabric from Linda Jankay; 3 bags of yarn from Ladonna Rinn; toys and cases of diapers from Kathie Hendricks; 30 new stuffed animals from Meg Spierling; 2 cases of diapers from Kemay Eoyang; laptop computer for a high school student from Cleo Bonneville; diapers from Barbara Ramsdell and Central Coast Circle of Friends; gift cards for UC Davis student from Norine Piccardo-Gibbons, Frankie Irvine, Lauren Ruda and Reese Galido, Marylou Gooden, Jane Broshears, Dorothy Mauger, Jutta Jacobs, Elise Caraway, and Frank Nerli, Nanette Madding, Jacque Wheeler, Beckie Geddes, and Jodie Steele, and a laptop computer from Arroyo Grande Rabobank (Thanks Dan Snowden and Michele Starling!); Los Osos Middle School Backpack program food donations from Morro Bay Quota Club, Vita Miller, Lainie Wachter, Melodianne Duffy; gas cards from Monday Club Members; Laguna Backpack Program food from Andrea Devitt and Trader Joe's-San Luis Obispo:

Admin funds donated:  Dana Starkovich, Rita Erwin, Leslie Rotstein, Dana Starkovich,

Funds donated: Patty Aguilar, Fred Donati, Ann McMahon, Ann Noriega, Carol Tickner, Jean Steel, Jayne Devencenzi, Lisa Bertrand, donation to honor Lesa Smith on her birthday by Sandy Richardson, Michele Williams, Phyllis Martinelli, Marilyn Reasoner, Phil and Joanne Ruggels, Zaf and Patrice Iqbal, Anonymous, Mary Parker, Diane Ludin, Monday Club Members, Kate Stulberg, Vicki Carroll, Debbie Collins, Jeanne Little, Jane Fairbairn, Fran Norris, Betty Scully, Donna Leach, Sharon Con, Jo Anne Painter, Patti Reed, Dorothy Mauger, Jamie Herbon, Nancy Schwager, Rand Becker, Ellen Polinsky, Sharon Thacker, Leslie Bennett, Carol Cape, Nancy Trudeau, Carolyn Tenney, Gretchen Hartsook, Sharee Howell, Kathleen Harvey, Vicki Wyne, Paula Malone, Marjorie Lane-Mangogna, Freddi Quin, Julie Edmonson, Joan Wagner, Evi Alford, Lorraine Weitz, Anna Currie, Rhonda Richard, Mary Eister, Nancy Bayliss, De Hampton, Beth Ladin, Trina Robbins, Toni Mahoney, Claudia Sorensen, Susan Zweig, Sharon Con, Marcia Traversaro, Cheryl Briskey, Jane Mouw, Marie Kyle, Rita Walls, Linda Smith, Margaret O'Donnell, Cynthia Maddy, Linda Cholloner-Holmes, Sandra Merrill, Patricia Hunt, Marjorie Lawrence, Gayle Nix, Julie Holland, Yvonne Williams, Linda Adams, Cynthia Grenz, Carole Kraiss, Elizabeth Steen, Claire Granbery, Liz Murray, Diane Johnson, Bonnie Keller, Rhonda Madden, Nancy Kraus, Anonymous, Linda Murray, Nita Bramwell La Loggia, Karen Horst, Sue Smith,

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What Womenade Shared from August 16th - August 31st


August 16:  School clothes and shoes for boys aged 14, 12, and 8 who arrived in Paso Saturday with their single mom - too late for Up with Kids or Kids Spree.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina ($250) Debit

August 16:  School clothes for 3 siblings ages 12, 11, and 8 who have arrived with their parents from Arizona and will start working in the fields.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina ($250) Debit

August 16:  Clothes, shoes, and backpack for a teen living in a campsite with her mom.  Referral:  Katy Griffin, Highlands Church ($150) Debit

August 16:  Gas card for a father stressing over transportation costs from Bradley to work and treatments in Atascadero.  Referral:  April Madden, County Behavioral Health ($100) Debit

August 16:  Support for a single mother of 4, one a diabetic.  She lost one of her 2 jobs, and is actively seeking another.  Payment for completion of her daughter’s behind-the-wheel driving lessons.  Referral:  Karen Florian, CAPSLO ($210) 2976

August 16:  Car repair for a single mother with 6 children who worked hard to get her car licensed and registered.  Referral:  Joanna Balsamo-Lilien, Family Care Network ($300) 2977

August 16:  Payment to restore water service to a single mother and her high school daughter before school starts.  Referral:  Shelley Benson, San Luis High School counselor ($300) Debit

August 16:  PG&E late payment to prevent loss of service for a mother of 6 who works several school jobs, but is unemployed in summer months.  Referral:  Janice Chagoya ($278.44) 2978

August 16:  Medical insurance bill payment for a South County family whose child has been in the ICU for several weeks.  Referral:  Ellen Crumly, Stanford Children’s Cardiac ICU ($400) 2979

August 16:  Shoes and clothes for 2 siblings new to the county and living in a 5-wheeler.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($200) Debit

August 16:  School clothes for children living in a garage.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($200) Debit

August 16:  School clothes, supplies, and backpacks for 4 children; their father was just incarcerated for 10 years, and the mother just found a job, and is trying not to go homeless.  Referral:  Lindsey Cunha, County Department of Behavioral Health  ($200) Debit

August 16:  PG&E payment to restore service for a victim of abuse and her children; moving to a new apartment, she found her abuser hadn’t paid any bills, and electricity wouldn’t be turned on until she paid.  Referral:  Ana Chavez, RISE ($320) 2980

August 17:  Stroller for new baby in a family with minimal resources.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($84.01) Debit

August 18:  School clothes for the teen son of a mother who has been out of work due to torn ligaments.  Referral:  Patty Ramirez, Transitions-Mental Health ($200) Debit

August 18:  Partial rent for a mother of 7 who has just been diagnosed with acute leukemia, with a poor prognosis.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, Hearst Cancer Resource Center ($300) 2982

August 19:  Past due PG&E payment for a combat wounded Veteran.  Referral:  Michael Ostash, HUD/VASH ($300) 2983

August 19:  Gas, food, and lodging for a family taking a family member to Stanford for brain surgery.  Referral:  Stella Medina, Lucia Mar Schools ($200) Debit

August 19:  Transportation for a 73-year-old man with dementia and mental health issues who is in an abusive relationship.  He needs medical transportation to Geropsych facility in Newport Beach.  Referral:  Michelle Blanc, Twin Cities Community Hospital ($300) 2984

August 19:  Diabetes medication and testing supplies for a man who is low income; he has a meeting scheduled to see if he qualifies for Medi-Cal.  Referral:  Megan Richert, Central Coast Home Health ($300) Debit

August 19:  Pack-n-play for a baby who is staying between a church and a friend’s house with her mom.  Referral:  Amber Balais, LINK ($53.74) Debit

August 19:  Work clothes and a pair of boots for a father of 5 children who got a job for the first time in several years.  Referral:  Kim Schwab, Drug and Alcohol Services, Family Treatment Court, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($64.77 and $142.52) 2996

August 20:  Pull ups for a toddler in a low income family.  Referral:  Laurabeth Medlock, Trinity Presbyterian ($25.99) Debit

August 20:  School supplies and clothes for 4 children in a low income family.  Referral:  Kim Richards, Tidelands Counseling ($300) Debit

August 22:  Partial copay for a woman of low income who had surgery. Referral:  Eloisa Medina ($300) 2985

August 22:  Emergency car seat in order for a newborn to leave the hospital with her mother.  Referral:  Sierra Vista Hospital social worker ($107.99) 2986

August 23:  Partial rent support for a Veteran who has fallen behind in payments.  Referral:  Esther Castillo, Veterans Affairs/VASH ($131.60) 2987

August 23:  Car repair for a formerly disabled and incarcerated man who has a new baby.  He needs a safe car for his family and to get to his part-time job.  Referral:  Janet Allenspach, CAPSLO ($274) 2988

August 24:  Rolling duffel bag for a family that is homeless with a 10-month old baby and another on the way.  They only have a small backpack, a diaper bag, and a stroller to carry all their belongings.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($48.36) Debit

August 24:  Food to get someone through the week.  Referral:  Trista Ochoa, Transitions Mental Health Homeless Team  ($25) Debit

August 24:  Special formula not covered by WIC for a 9-month-old special needs baby.  Referral:  Kari Bowron, CAPSLO, Homeless Lead ($100) Debit

August 24:  Baby bath and baby clothes for a newborn.  Mom, who also has a 3-year-old, is couch surfing, working part time, and doing well after drug and alcohol treatment.  Referral:  Sierra Vista Hospital social worker ($100) Debit

August 24:  Gas card so a mom with a 12-month-old who has undiagnosed seizures can take her baby to a pediatric neurological specialist.  Referral:  Kari Bowron, CAPSLO and donated by Kat Tuculet

August 24:  Children’s clothes and baby bottles for a mother and her 1-week baby and 6-year-old daughter who had just minutes to evacuate Oak Shores in the Chimney Fire.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse, and shopping by Cali Stewart ($24.83 and $120.38) Debit

August 24:  Food for a family of 5; the mother is a widow, she just learned her sister has terminal cancer, and her car broke down.  Referral:  Christina Flores, Transitions Mental Health ($200) Debit

August 25:  Diapers for a mom who just gave birth to her 4th child, and has not returned to work yet.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center /Donated

August 25:  Motel stay for a family having to leave Maxine Lewis Shelter while the mom treats her 3 children for lice.  Referral:  Jeannette Saenze, CAPSLO and Vicky Connerley HASLO  ($158.52) 2990

August 25:  Partial medical bill payment for a woman who works in the fields and had to have emergency surgery.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina ($300) 2991

August 25:  Transitional housing security deposit for a woman and her son who are moving out of a slavery situation.  Referral:  Shona Pruitt, Women’s Shelter Program ($300) 2992

August 25:  Gas and dishes for a family burned out of their home and living in a garage while the mother looks for work.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($125) Debit

August 25:  Replacement of a 13-year-old boy’s school clothes and shoes; he and his single mom were flooded out of their apartment by sewage.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi, Child Welfare Services ($200) Debit

August 25: Clothing and food for a family homeless due to the Chimney Fire; parents have 3 children - 1 child is 8 days old.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($300) Debit

August 25:  Monthly bus passes for 3 clients needing to get to treatment and Friday court appearances.  Referral:  Rosie Armendariz, County Drug and Alcohol Services, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($132) 2996

August 25:  Return bus ticket for a woman in a sober living home who was ordered by Probation to go out of state to clear up some warrants, but she didn’t have enough money to return.  Referral:  Dona Wilson, Restorative Partners ($128.50) 2993

August 25:  Highchair for a toddler.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse/Donated

August 25:  Safety gate for a mother with a young baby and a toddler.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($19.43) 2996

August 25:  A can of Similac Sensitive Formula and donated diapers and wipes for a new mom struggling with breastfeeding and finances.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($33.99) 2996

August 26:  Fitness center membership for a woman who has suffered multiple rapes.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, County Behavioral Health ($300) 2994

August 26:  Car registration for a woman supervised by Child Welfare Services.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi, DSS ($85) 2995

August 26:  School clothes, underwear, and shoes for a 10-year-old in desperate need.  He is on the waitlist for October for Operation School Bell, and is 1 of 4 children in a family living on unemployment.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($200) Debit

August 29:  Partial rent for a mother who has just delivered and is struggling with many costs.  Referral:  Blanca Flores, CHC Women’s Health Center ($300) 2997

August 29:  Initial rent for a family who lost their father to suicide and has been living with grandparents in their car.  Referral:  Robin Kirby, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education ($300) 2998

August 29:  Partial rent for a mother with 2 children, unemployed since April, who starts a new job tomorrow.  Referral:  Katy Griffin, Highlands Church ($300) 2999

August 29:  Partial rent to move a formerly homeless woman to housing.  Referral:  Samantha Crouse, ECHO ($300) 3000

August 29:  Car registration for a grandmother who is disabled and who has adopted her grandson.  Referral:  Lizzy Dembosz, Kinship Center ($263) 3001

August 30:  Gas card so a family can visit their 2-year-old in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) Debit

August 30:  Gas card so a family can take their children to school and appointments.  Mother just had a new baby, and all the father’s paycheck is going to rent.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($50) Debit

August 30:  Running shoes for a young woman.  Referral:  Jeannette Palazuelos, Family Care Network ($60) Debit

August 30:  To prevent shut off, a partial electricity bill payment for a single mother of 4 who is divorcing dad and struggling with basic needs.  Referral:  Ricardo Vazquez, LINK ($150) 3002

August 30:  Gas card for a family with 4 children who needs transportation support to get the children to school and appointments.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place ($50) Debit

August 30:  Plastic mattress protector for a woman who is suffering from a bed bug infestation.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($13.98) Debit

August 30:  Underwear, socks, and shoes for 2 children living in the ECHO shelter.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($100) Debit

August 31:  Gas for a single dad to get his children to school in Los Osos from ECHO shelter in Atascadero.  Referral:  Kari Bowron, CAPSLO Homeless ($100) Debit

August 31:  Food for a single mother and her 3 children who have recently found housing.  Referral:  Kari Bowron, CAPSLO Homeless ($150) Debit

August 31:  Clothes for a young baby who has none that fit him.  Referral:  Referral:  Kari Bowron, CAPSLO Homeless ($100) Debit

August 31:  Credit card payment for a domestic violence victim whose abuser is now in jail; she used her card for food and diapers.  She is looking for a job to support her children on her own.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, DAS, County Behavioral Health ($300) 3003

August 31:  Payment to allow a 25-year-old who just gave birth to enter a local rapid detox facility to be compliant with CWS mandate in order to reunify with her new daughter once completed. After program and unification with daughter; female client will enter a program for mother and child to address dual diagnosis. Mom was a ward of the state at age 11, has no family support, and the biological father is refusing to support.  Referral:  Andrea Herrera, Transitions-Mental Health ($300) 3004

Items donated:  linens from Mayra Martinez; school supplies from Susan Updegrove; trike, plastic drawer, bath products from Liz Johnston; grocery bags and carrier from Pat Cano; diapers from Peti Johnson; books and toys from Mariam Shah; trike from Jessica Michelsen; school clothes from Andrea Brown and Baywood Navy for MBHS Pirates’s Closet; gas cards from Kat Tuculet; 2 strollers and a booster seat from Amy Hedges; backpacks from Shannon Matuszewicz; delivery by Zaf Iqbal; pull ups from Alison Haupt and Marylou Gooden; baby clothes, formula, and blankets from Desiree Dellinger; pack-n-play and grocery bags from Sharon and Jerry Chirpich; children’s clothes and backpacks from Gary Harkins; microwave and baby clothes from Jan Wilson; grocery bags and board books from Hope Chest;

Admin Funds Donated:  Leslie Rotstein,

Funds Donated:  Kat Tuculet, Wendy Daly, Ros McQuade, Mila Vujovich-La Barre, Diana Foch, Leslie Jones, Naomi Blakely, Marilyn Reasoner, Elaine Gardiner, Karen Horst, Sue Smith, Diane Wettlaufer, Kat Tuculet, Judy Riener, Carol Astaire, Melaleuca, Debbie Bennett, Linda and Roy Rawlings, Bart and Maryalice Jones, Maggie Ragatz, Karen Kolba, First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo Presbyterian Women, Mary Parker, Bob and Carol Kerwin,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Diaper Drive From County Drug and Alcohol Services


San Luis Obispo County Drug and Alcohol Services had a diaper drive for Womenade. Paterese Reynolds, from Intensive Outreach Treatment, and her daughter, Karlee, delivered their donations. Grateful!

What Womenade Shared August 1st - August 15 Thank You!

August 1:  Swim passes for parents and 4 children of low income who have been through extreme stress.  Referral:  Kim Richards, Tidelands Counseling ($94.50) 2940

August 1:  Mattress for a mother of 2 children with behavioral issues who has been through many difficulties.  Referral:  Kim Schwab, Family Treatment Court ($300) 2941

August 1:  Emergency car charger outlet for a nebulizer for breathing treatments for an infant who is homeless, living in a car with the baby’s parents.  Referral:  Rose Levenson-Cooke, CCHH from French Hospital ER ($64.79) 2942

August 2:  Partial rent for a domestic violence victim who is working in the fields.  Referral:  Mariana Garza, LMFT ($300) 2943

August 2:  Partial rent in a sober living home for a victim suffering from trauma from living on the streets.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, Drug and Alcohol Services ($300) 2944

August 2:  Partial payment for housing for a woman who has been out of work due to health issues.  Referral:  Jason Flanagan, People’s Self-Help Housing ($300) 2945

August 2:  Clothes for a mother and her 3-year-old son escaping domestic violence with no belongings.  Referral:  Diana Howard, RISE ($200) Debit

August 2:  Partial enrollment for preschool for twins in a struggling family.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($100) 2946

August 2:  Partial enrollment for preschool for a boy with 2 older brothers.  Dad is working and mother is looking for work.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($100) 2947

August 2:  Partial initial rent for a family of 7 who have been homeless since a year ago June.  Referral:  Melanie Bustamante, CAPSLO ($300) 2948

August 3:  Partial rent for a single woman in danger of eviction.  Referral:  Debbie Beckett, CAPSLO ($300) 2949

August 3:  Tires for a family with 5 children.  Mother is in the Welfare to Work program and her 3-year-old is being treated for mental health issues.  With this repair, mother will be able to take the children to schools, medical appointments, and treatments.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi and Sandra Jimenez, Child Welfare Services ($300) 2950

August 3:  Partial rent for a mother of a small child who is struggling to pay for books for her classes in the Cuesta nursing program.  She recently used part of her rent to help with burial costs for a teen who recently drowned at Lake Naciemento.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($400) 2951

August 3:  Partial car registration to allow a mother to drive her family to school and appointments.  Referral:  Amber Balais, LINK ($150) 2952

August 4:  Therapeutic Child Care Program fee for a recently adopted child with high needs to ensure continuation of care.  Rates were unexpectedly raised.  Referral:  Mary Teresi and Tomoko, Martha’s Place Children’s Center ($200) 2953

August 4:  Partial rent for for a domestic violence victim whose abuser was removed from the home by police.  She is unemployed, and her abuser previously paid rent.  Referral:  Tito Ponce, People’s Self-Help Housing ($300) 2954

August 5:  Partial car registration payment for a single parent who recently lost her job.  Referral:  Emily Zubritsky, Family Care Network ($144) 2955

August 5:  Gas card for a student who works full-time and attends Cuesta.  Both his parents are deceased, and he is on his own with no other family support.  Referral:  Andrea Devitt, counselor, Cuesta College ($100) Debit

August 5:  Partial rent for a family where the children have been returned to their home on a 30 day trial under the supervision of Child Welfare Services.  Monique Hoyos, Department of Social Services ($300) 2956

August 5:  Partial payment for car key replacement to allow a woman who is currently homeless to become more self-sufficient.  Referral:  Maribel Luna, ECHO Shelter ($100) 2957

August 5:  Bassinet for a newborn.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($58.20) Debit

August 6:  School supplies, health screening, lab work, and Lift-test for a woman with no family support who has been accepted to Cuesta’s LVN program.  Referral:  Laura Gaisie, Transitions-Mental Health, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($90 and $50 and $93 and $) 2958, 2960, 2966

August 7:  Immediate bus ticket purchase so a mental health inpatient can go home to Sacramento.  Referral:  Kathleen Welles, County Mental Health ($98) 2959

August 8:  Port-a-crib for a newborn.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($53.74) Debit

August 8:  Clothes for a girl leaving Juvenal Hall to travel to a relative’s home.  All she has are jail clothes.  Referral:  Barbara Turk, Child Welfare Services ($150) Debit

August 8:  Insulated grocery bag and ice packs for a youth to keep his food cold/frozen on the bus ride home from the store in the high temperatures of North County.  Referral:  Linsey Boncquet, Family Care Network, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($)

August 8:  Gas for a family in North County whose baby girl has been in the NICU for 3 weeks so far.  They are struggling to visit and keep their jobs.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) Debit

August 8:  Formula for a new baby.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($26.99) Debit

August 9:  Bus ticket so a woman who is homeless can go back to family in Napa.  Referral:  Brenda Vaughn, ARK ($49) 2961

August 9:  Partial rent for a man transitioning from a sober living house to a room.  He is a past IV user, now clean for 6 months.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, Drug and Alcohol Services ($300) 2963

August 9:  2 safety gates to protect a young baby.  Referral:  Barbara Turk, Child Welfare Services, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($)

August 9:  Food and travel funds for parents whose newborn baby will be taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital LA for surgery.  The father’s field work ended this month.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($300) Debit

August 10:  Car registration for a woman who is homeless so she can get to work.  Referral:  Maribel Luna, ECHO Shelter ($112) 2964

August 10:  Car registration for a woman to independently work more hours.  Referral:  Maribel Luna, ECHO Shelter ($125) 2965

August 10:  Gas and clothing for a single father of 2 children.  He recently lost his mother to cancer, and is going through a very difficult time.  Referral:  Christine Flores, Transitions-Mental Health ($200) Debit

August 11:  Partial rent for the single mother of 2 boys; she has undergone several recent traumatic and debilitating events that have temporarily impaired her ability to work.  Referral: Johanna Golston, Pacific Psychiatry ($300) 2967

August 11:  Food for a young man who broke his leg from a motorcycle accident, and will not be able to work for at least 5 months.  Referral:  Megan Richert, Central Coast Home Health ($250) Debit

August 11:  Bed and linens for a formerly homeless 15-year-old who was a victim of assault, has moved into housing, and is sleeping on the floor.  Referral:  Detective Suzi Aanrud, San Luis Obispo Police Department, and shopping by Elaine Stewart ($100) 2968

August 11:  Backpacks for 2 sisters, aged 4 and 6, who have just joined a Foster family.  Referral:  Mary Teresi, Martha’s Place Children’s Center, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($)

August 11:  Partial payment for car repair for a 50-year-old woman who is about to move from homelessness to a place in Los Osos.  Referral:  Kevin Reeder, ECHO Shelter ($300) 2969

August 11:  Partial rent for a low income, self-employed gentleman who will be out of work for 6 weeks following surgery.  He has no family, lives in a rural area, and is using his limited funds to pay people to drive him to medical appointments and for groceries and medications.  Referral:  Jenny Rutledge, Central Coast Home Health ($300) 2970

August 12:  Partial medical bill payment for a single mother of 2 struggling to keep up with bills and rent.  Referral:  Jennifer Woodward, County Drug and Alcohol Services ($300) 2971

August 12:  Partial medical bill for a single mom in pain after a hit-and-run accident, struggling to care for her 3 children and fiancĂ©, who had a stroke in January.  Referral:  Valerie Darnell, South Bay Community Center ($300) 2972

August 12:  Partial payment for car repair for a single mother of 3, so she can start a new job.  Referral:  Amber Balais, LINK ($300) 2973

August 12:  Newborn diapers and baby carrier for a high risk mom whose husband lost his job when the business burned.  Referral:  Public Health Nurse ($100) Debit

August 13:  Movie tickets and treats for a mother coming to town to visit her daughter and who has no money to spend.  Referral:  Barbara Turk, Child Welfare Services ($28.95) Debit

August 15:  Car registration so a single mother and her 5 children have a place to get in out of the sun.  Referral:  Maribel Luna, ECHO Shelter ($170) 2974

August 15:  Rent assistance for a single mother of 4 who works as a motel housekeeper.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina ($300) 2975

August 15:  Bus pass for a man starting a new job.  Referral:  Trista Ochoa, Transitions-Mental Health, and shopping by Judy Obermeier ($44)



Items Donated:  children’s books and cases of diapers from Kathie Hendricks;  grocery bags from Janet Allenspach and Genevieve Lidoff; cases of diapers and wipes from County Drug and Alcohol Services delivered by Paterese Reynolds; diapers from Anonymous; refrigerator from Cindy Hahn delivered by Terry Elfrink and Dave Buck-Moyer; twin bed from Judy Riener; trundle bed from Pat Cano: school lunch box from Erin Parsons; notebooks Rosemary Cleaves; school supplies from Dyann Compagna; 2 high chairs from Lynn Heinrich; diapers, formula, and baby clothes from Candace Voss; toddler play yard from Linda Bishop; personal care items from Nancy Norwood; wagon from Debbie Bennett;

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

Funds Donated:  Jerry Ramos, Lisa Bertrand, Jayne Devencenzi, Jean Steel, Patty Aguilar, Dyann Campagna, Mary Gregory, Jan Jones, Mariam Shah, Nicki Bywater, Joan Rice, Madeline Fay, Mary Anne Morgan, Barbara Deel, Dianne Thompson, Phyllis Bettencourt, Marla Lee Eaton, Madeline Stevenson, Joy Pickell, Barbara Crawford, Lori Sonnabend, Wendy Hallin, Heidi Boatman, Kathie Cohl, Julie Jones, Linda Walker-Hill, Candace Guldeman, Lynn De Leo, Cathy Hughes, Nancy Shearer, Rosemary Cleaves, Margaret Helley, Mark Sullivan in appreciation to Linda Blonsley - Blonsley Law, Zaf and Patrice Iqbal, Anonymous, Sophidion Foundation, Anne Gough and Yarns at the Adobe, Michele Williams, Marilyn Fuller, Gay Groomes, Arlene Versaw, Bonnie Rivera, Tenli Vanrozeboom, Suzanne Balderrama, Diana Henderson, Marcy Owens, Joanne and Phil Ruggles, Gail Sears, Linda Olson, Kathy Long-Norris, Jayne Devencenzi, Kat Tuculet, Wendy Daly, Ros McQuade, Mila Vujovich-La Barre, Diana Foch, Leslie Jones, Naomi Blakely, Marilyn Reasoner, Elaine Gardiner, Karen Horst, Sue Smith, Diane Wettlaufer,

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Aletheia Gooden and Kid-Ade

Aletheia Gooden, whose mother, Marylou, is on Womenade's Board, has started her own outreach in Ojai!  Very proud that Kid-ade's site mentions Womenade on her page!  Check it out:  http://www.kid-ade.com/

Womenade Voted $1,000 in Your Favorite Charity Contest!

Womenade was awarded $1,000 in the KSBY/PG&E Your Favorite Charity Contest! Thanks to KSBY, PG&E, Jennie Curto who nominated us, and all our Womenade friends - especially the agency partners we serve! Pictured: Dave Hovde, KSBY, and Julie Jones and Sandy Richardson, Womenade.