Saturday, December 28, 2013

Cloud Star Gifts a Womenade Family

Jen Melton and Cloud Star, Inc. (of Buddy Biscuit fame!) once again donated holiday gifts to a local family.  Amazing public health nurses Sylvie Duvet and Yvonne Hoffman delivered the presents to the family.  So grateful to all!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cal Poly Golf

Special thanks to Coach Scott Cartwright and Cal Poly Golf players for donating 24 backpacks with food for Womenade's backpack program at Laguna Middle School.  Grateful for the outreach!

The other items in the photo are awaiting pick up by amazing public health nurses who will deliver to their patients throughout the county. 

Grandma's Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop

Grandma's Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop, The Gathering Place, 307 Morro Bay Blvd., Saturdays Dec. 14 and 21, from 2-4 p.m., is collecting items for Womenade!  Food, toys, diapers, wipes, all will gratefully be received by this new business to share with Womenade clients!  Thank you so much!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Community Foundation Dunin Opportunity Grant

Janice Fong Wolf (Left) and Claire Clark (2nd Right) present grant to Womenade Board members (Left to Right) Julie Jones, Linda Bishop, Linda Jankay and Sandy Richardson

San Luis Obispo County Womenade has received a $5,000 grant from the Dunin Opportunity Fund at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.  Womenade is grateful for the support this grant will give to individuals in need throughout our community.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sharing List: November 1 - 15

November 1:  Dental treatment for 2 siblings.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($220) 1116
November 1:  Medication for 7-year-old.  Medi-Cal is not yet in place for this family.  Referral:  Romi Ramirez, LINK ($216.18) 1130
 November 5:  Transportation for parents in remote area to travel to Sierra Vista to learn how to take care of their severely ill child.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($85) 1118
November 5:  3 twin beds for special needs children being taken in by a family to care for them.  Referral:  Casey Roos, Martha’s Place ($300) 1119
November 5:  Deposit for young woman who has found a room to live in.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1120
November 5:  Partial rent for a woman whose husband is out of work with an injury, and workman’s comp hasn’t started.  The woman will start a part-time second job soon.  They have 3 children and are behind on rent.  Referral:  PHN ($300) 1121
November 6:  Internet payment for woman with speech and hearing struggles to allow her to communicate with her family.  Referral:  Patricia Reading, Speech and Language Specialist ($40.63) 1122
November 6:  Partial first month’s rent for family of 7 moving into Public Housing.  Between the mother’s low-age pay and the dad’s disability, they will be able to make payments going forward.  Referral:  Larry Feldt, CAPSLO ($221) 1123
November 6:  Jogging stroller for mother of 2 to get her babies to appointments.  Referral:  PHN and shopping by Susan Updegrove ($65) 1146
November 8:  Gas card for family to go to LA for a medical treatment.  Referral:  PHN ($100) 1124
November 8:  Transportation for parents in remote area to travel to Sierra Vista to learn how to take care of their severely ill child.  They will be taking the baby home via ambulance in a few days.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social workers ($85) 1125
November 7: Track shoes for teen boy whose mother is under Women’s Shelter care.  Referral:  Shelley Benson, counselor, San Luis Obispo High ($85.99) 1127
November 8:  Dental treatment for 2 teen brothers.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($220) 1128
November 9:  Maternity clothes and underwear for young mother.  Referral:  Marissa Lomeli, CAPSLO ($100 and $17.96) 1129 and 1146
November 12:  RTA bus pass for mother to be with her newborn in the hospital.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker and shopping by Susan Updegrove ($44) 1146
November 12:  Orthopedic shoes for a child in a low-income family.  Referral:  Marissa Lomeli, CAPSLO ($125) 1131
November 13:  Partial rent for family whose mom is in remission for breast cancer after 3 years, and is now going through testing for a blood disease.  She was the family’s sole support.  Referral:  Sami Schermerhorn, San Luis Coastal Family Resource Center. ($300) 1132
November 13:  Reinstating gas service to family with 4 children whose father was laid off, but has now gotten another job.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($203.91) 1133
November 14:  Breast-feeding pillow and front/back baby carrier for family with a new baby.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Susan Updegrove; partial payment from Merry-Go-Round credit ($43.80) 1146
November 14:  Space heater for family living in a non-insulated converted garage, and diapers for their baby.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Susan Updegrove ($85.30) 1146
November 14:  Utility payments to avoid disconnection of gas and water for mother who has lost her job.  Referral:  Casey Roos, Martha’s Place ($131.91 and $177.79) 1134 and 1135
November 14:  Partial hospital anesthesia fee for 2 young girls.  Referral:  Referral:  Lorena Gomez, CAPSLO ($265) 1136
November 14:  Uniforms, shoes, and watch for a mother of 2 to start a new nursing job.  Her husband is a disabled veteran.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi, County Welfare Services ($192.22 and $116.08) 1137 and 1138  Referral:  Belinda Benassi, County Welfare Services, ($192.22 and $116.08) 1137 and 1138
Items Donated:  Printer/copier/scanner from Marcy Owens given to the LINK; kitchen items for family moving from homelessness to a trailer from Marcy Owens, Marylou Gooden, Rita Erwin, Mary Whiteford, Naomi Blakely, Jayne Devencenzi; books from Los Osos Library and Carol Devore; rice and beans from Carol Devore and Sharon Westry; clothes for Pirate Plaza from Jennifer Ruehr; toiletries for Pirate Plaza from Jackie Miller; dining table and chairs from Lois Crotser; children’s sleeping bag, potty, and blanket from Kathie Hendricks; stroller and infant seat from Susan Updegrove; guitar and case for high school girl at risk and removed from her home from Therese and Art Hanlon, facilitated by Sharynn Chirpich, and price reduction from Grand Central Music on Broad; co-sleeper purchased for new baby with Merry-Go-Round credit by Susan Updegrove; toiletries, grocery bags, and children’s books from Jayne Auchterlonie; filing required governments forms and donating hours as our wonderful √áPA – Roger Bishop; non-profit government fee payments from Roger Bishop; children’s clothes shoes and toys from Samantha Lalush; port-a-crib and sheets from Gail Sears; mattress from Crystal Pittarelli;
Funds Donated: 
-->Lainie Wachter, Marianita Borgstrom, Carol Devore, Darlene Krouse, Tyra Solomon, Evelyn Ruehr, Maribeth Peterson, Susan Hood, Liz Curren, Sema Alptekin, Anonymous, Linda Jankay, Anneka Scranton, Diana Henderson, Judy Barclay, Ann McMahon, Belinda Benassi, Diane Wettlaufer, 

Sharing List: October 18 - 31

October 19:  Dental treatment for 2 brothers.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($220) 1101
October 21:  Double stroller for mother with a toddler and new baby with gastroschisis.  Referral:  PHN and shopping by Toni Negranti-Higgins ($40)
October 23:  Spending money for mentally ill 67-year-old living in a skilled nursing facility who has less than 6 months to live.  After a difficult life, this will allow her to feel someone cares at the end, and will give her a choice to buy candy and self-care products.  Referral:  Elaine Kilpatrick, counselor, Wilshire Hospice ($50) 1102
October 23:  Partial rent for mother of 2 young daughters who lost her husband to cancer last month.  Referral:  Barbara Putman ($300) 1103
October 24:  Food for a single mother and her child.  The mother has fallen behind because she was sick with the flu and missed work at the Morro Bay restaurant where she is a waitress.  Referral:  Daniel Rodriguez, San Luis Coastal Schools family advocate ($50) 1104
October 24:  Automobile brakes in time for a homeless mother to take her daughter to appointments in Palo Alto related to her daughter's brain surgery.  Referral:  Jose Olivera, LINK ($185.59) 1105
October 24:  Partial deposit to move a homeless family with children ages 14 and 7 from camping to an apartment, and food for them at the campsite until they move in on November 8.  Referral:  Veronica Cablayan, Housing Resources, LINK ($100 and $200) 1106 and 1108
October 24:  Gas and food for a homeless family with an 11-month old.  They are moving to housing and starting part-time jobs; this will bridge the gap until their first paychecks on November 5.  Referral:  Veronica Cablayan, Housing Resources, LINK ($300) 1107
October 25:  Gas and food for parents of baby who will be in the NICU for over a month.  The parents borrow a car and drive from North County to see their baby.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($200) 1109
October 25:  Gas for mother earning minimum wage to visit her son in a group home in Sacramento.  Referral:  Jill Doyle, MFT ($100) 1109
October 25:  Dental treatments for 2 siblings.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($99) 1110
October 25:  Potty-chair for little boy afraid of the toilet.  Referral: PHN and shopping by Toni Negranti-Higgens
October 28:  Partial rent payment for single mother who is a field worker with 2 children under age 4.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK ($200) 1111
October 29:  Partial rent and deposit for man moving from the shelter into housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1112
October 29:  Podiatrist appointment for high school student with severe problems with ingrown toenails that will require surgery.  CHC does not have a podiatrist.  Referral:  Judith Gier, San Luis Coastal and Janice Babos, Health Dept. ($80 - $120) 1113
October 29:  Gas for family in a rural part of the county to use in a borrowed car to travel to the NICU.  Referral: Social worker, Sierra Vista ($100) 1114
October 30:  Transportation for a young family from their remote home to Sierra Vista NICU to learn how to medically take care of their severely ill child so they can bring him home.  Referral:  Marisol Gomez, Tri-Counties Regional Center ($170) 1115

Items Donated: 
Clothes chests for newborn from Joyce Rabellino and Sue McKee; furniture delivery to North County by Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer; couch and chair from Anonymous; children's clothes from Audrey and Mary Higgins; children's books and grocery bags from Mary Kern; children's clothes from Judy Cunningham; hair dryer and high chair from Rosemary Cleaves; children's jackets and sweaters from Jen Stokes; stroller, pack-n-play, and Bebe chair from Debbie Bennett; children's clothes from Lori Ralph; toiletries and diapers from Anonymous; baby quilts from Katie Perez; high chairs from Lori Sonnabend and Marla Lee Eaton; toiletries delivered to Prado and Grizzly Academy by Kat Tulculet; double stroller from Kate Mavis; blankets and towels for struggling family from Michele Starling, Marylou Gooden, Angela Barakat, Jayne Devencenzi, and Nancy Hurd; microwave from Laurie Coggan; towels and baby monitor from Barb Farber; can openers and grocery bags from Sharynn Chirpich; diapers from Kemay Eoyang; 3 hand knit blankets from Ruth Nagano; bed from Candace Guldeman; 50 toiletry bags from Michele Starling to Diane Donales at the Community School in San Luis Obispo.

Funds Donated: 
Ingrid Pires, Melaleuca, Patricia Streng, Joanne and Phil Ruggles, Debbie Bennett, Loretta Sonnabend, Sapphire Grace, Lynn Heinrich, Nicole Pazdan, Marla Lee Eaton, Nell Quijano, Betty Symmons, Mary Anne Morgan, Sharynn Chirpich, Leslie Jones, Lola Zybura, Christen Zybura, Susan Horwood, Kathleen Pettersen, Margaret Helley, Virginia Kenny, Amy Hedges, Linda Souza, Madeline Stevenson, Bonnie Rivera, Lori Sonnabend, Mary Weeks, Jacque Fondren, Phyllis Bettencourt, Katie Perez, Rosemary Cleaves, Judy Eisenhard, Candace Guldeman, Anonymous, Marilyn Banducci, Marilyn Fuller, Jaclynn Nisbett, Kathy Long, Barbara Lambertson, Linda Bishop in honor of Marcie Lindvall's mother Sophia Kelley, Nancy Hurd, Leslie Jones, Jayne Devencenzi, Naomi Blakely, Mariam Shah, Elisa Feingold, Jane Larkin, Shelby West, Leona Sullivan, Candyce Espinoza, Liz Miller, Lisa Bertrand, Mary Parker,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Latest Sharing: October 1 - 17

October 1:  Letterman jacket for young student whose mother is dysfunctional.  He is a great student who is proud of his accomplishments.  Discount given by Miracle Embroidery.  Referral:  Shelley Benson, counselor, San Luis Obispo High School ($200) 1077
October 1:  Bus tickets for a homeless family to move to Washington where they will have jobs and a place to stay.  Referral:  Ivette Felix, LINK ($277.50) 1078
October 2:  Gas card for a 19-year-old living in a shack to get to a full time seasonal job.  Card will carry him over till his first paycheck.  Referral:  Jayne Devencenci ($50) 1079
October 2:  Gas card for a family to take their baby to Santa Barbara for a follow up appointment after a hernia surgery.  Referral:  PHN ($50) 1080
October 2:  Phone minutes for a homeless high school student graduating in November to keep in touch with her caseworker.  She is experiencing health problems.  Referral:  Sami Schermerhorn, family advocate, San Luis Coastal Schools ($29.99) 1081
October 2:  Baby Bjorn for mom to carry her baby when walking to appointments.  Referral:  PHN and shopping by Elaine Stewart ($37.80) 1082
October 4:  Partial deposit to move homeless family out of the shelter and into their own place.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1083
October 4:  PG&E Power Your Community Grant for recycled bags for Nipomo Elementary Food Distribution.  ($2,500) 1084
October 4: Dental treatment for 13-year-old girl.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1085
October 4:  Partial rent for woman who recently separated from her husband.  She just got out of the hospital.  Referral:  Karla Quiroga, Aids Support Network ($300) 1086
October 4:  Partial rent for a mother with 2 young children; they have a 3-day notice to pay their rent.  Referral:  Sonia Green, LINK ($300) 1087
October 8:  Partial rent for man who is working hard to resolve his financial situation.  This support allows him to catch up on his bills.  Referral:  Michael Sheard, CAPSLO ($300) 1088
October 8:  Dental treatment for 12-year-old boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1089
October 10:  Utility bill payment for single mother whose daughter, who was helping with bills, has moved out.  The mom has found another job that will be starting soon.  Referral:  Romi Ramirez, LINK ($290.16) 1091
October 11:  Emergency doctor visit for domestic violence victim on minimum wage with no health insurance.  Referral:  Jill Doyle, MFT ($78) 1092
October 11:  Partial rent for family falling behind in payments because the husband has cancer.  Referral:  Drew Washer, social worker, French Hospital ($300) 1093
October 14:  Dental treatment for 10-year-old boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1094
October 15:  Clothes, underwear, and shoes for toddler boy.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($50) 1095
October 15:  Clothes, underwear, and shoes for 3 children removed from their home, their clothes left behind.  Referral:  Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($150) 1096
October 16:  31-day bus pass for a high school student to travel to and from school; currently her mother and grandmother are being treated for cancer.  Referral:  Lisa Simard, Olive Grove Charter School ($25) 1097
October 17:  1 year of martial arts classes for a young boy with developmental and behavioral problems whose family is struggling financially.  Referral:  David Lichti, therapist, CAPSLO ($310) 1098
October 17:  Partial rent for Veteran who was laid off from work and then got seriously ill.  She is just now getting off medication, and will be able to look for work.  Without our payment, she would lose housing.  Referral:  Kathy Hannula, Independent Living Resource Center ($300) 1099 and 1100
Items Donated:  Double stroller from Marla Lee Eaton; toys from Lesa Smith and Whiz Kids; diapers, fabric, and yarn from Marylou Gooden; children’s books and office paper for South County elementary schools from Rosemary Cleaves; cupboards full of staple foods for Laguna Backpack program from Social Action at Congregation Beth David; play mat from Angela Barakat; yarn from Linda Jankay; Womenade brochures printed by Linda Jankay; high chair and bouncer from Carol Astaire; toddler bed and linens from Jayne Auchterlone; couch and chair from Anonymous; diapers, wipes, and quilt fabric from Anonymous; hand cart for Nipomo Food Distribution from Madeline and Dave Stevenson; stroller, baby food, diaper bag, diapers, wipes, blankets and quilts from Katie Perez; yarn from Sharynn Chirpich; quilt fabric, play mat, and child chair from Rose Fowler; baby safety gate from Carl and Mary Negranti; yarn and toiletries from Doreen Wetzel; bike from Gladys Porter; double stroller and baby items from Julie Martin and the Adult School rummage sale via Terry Elfrink; baby swings, table and chairs, bouncers, and other infant items from Marylou Gooden; pack-and-play from Debbie Bennett; cases of diapers and wipes from Kathie Hendricks; children’s clothes from Helma Smulders; new clothes for children removed from their home from Marcie Lindvall;  
Funds Donated:  Lisa Bertrand, Mary Parker, Phyllis Martinelli, Judy Riener, Carol Astaire, Barbara Cotton, Gladys Porter, Carol and Donley Winger, Leslie Jones, Barbara, Jones, Natalie Stets, Bonnie Allen, Judy Barclay, Diane Wettlaufer,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Benefit for Womenade

Benefit for Womenade
Octoberfest in the Adobe Courtyard
964 Chorro, San Luis Obispo
October 20th, 4-6 p.m.
German beer, food, music
Tickets: $55 donation to Womenade
Reservations: Anne - 549.9276
Yarns at the Adobe, Firestone Brewery
Beda & Helva Schmidthues, Martinez Construction
Paul Kwong/The Noodle House

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sharing List: September 16 - 30 and 3rd Quarter Data

 Donated from 2003 to September 30, 2013:                       $ 293,860.48
Donated 3rd quarter, 2013:                                                  $   16,835.74
Needs filled 3rd quarter, 2013:                                            $   10,468.08
Balance September 30, 2013                                                $    7,677.18

September 16:  Diapers for 12-month-old boy.  Referral:  PHN ($30.23) 1066
September 16:  Partial payment for bus ticket for homeless parents, their newborn and 10-month-old to return to family in the South.  Referral:  Dee Torres, CAPSLO ($200) 1067
September 17:  High chair for twin so mother can feed both children at the same time.  Referral:  PHN ($16.20) 1068
September 17:  Gas for pregnant teen, an unaccompanied youth, who will graduate in November to drive to another area of the state to see her doctor, social services, and WIC.  Referral:  Sami Schermerhorn, San Luis Coastal Schools ($100) 1069
September 19:  Partial rent for parent of little ones five and under who was just left by her partner.  She begins a new job Monday, but will not get paid till the end of the month.  Referral:  Edith Puga, First 5, School Readiness Bilingual Family Advocate, Georgia Brown Elementary ($128) 1070
September 21:  Gas to help a single mom move to a more affordable place close to her part-time job.  Referral:  Guadalupe Sanchez, LINK ($50) 1071
September 25:  Spending money for mentally ill 67-year-old living in a skilled nursing facility who has less than 6 months to live.  After a difficult life, this will allow her to feel someone cares at the end, and will give her a choice to buy candy and self-care products.  Referral:  Elaine Kilpatrick, counselor, Wilshire Hospice ($50) 1072
September 25:  Work clothes, shoes, and underwear for a mother of 5 returning to work after having their newest child.  Her disabled husband cares for the children while she works.  Referral:  Larry Feldt, CAPSLO, Homeless Services ($150) 1073
September 25:  Port-a-crib for 3-month-old baby boy.  Referral:  PHN ($30.24) 1074
September 25:  Dental treatment for 16-year-old girl.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1075
September 27:  Diapers for children in 3 families.  Referral:  PHN ($70.95) 1076

Items Donated:  Respite care for mother of 2 who is extremely ill from chemo treatments for cancer by Linda Holland; double stroller from Hope Chest and Art and Therese Hanlon discovered by Sharynn Chirpich and delivered by Peter and Linda Jankay; children’s clothes from Jennifer Stokes; breast feeding pillow from Alison Haupt; high chair and books from Jutta Jacobs; children’s clothes from Helma Smulders; 3 hand knit baby blankets from Ruth Nagano; baby hats and play mats from Alison Haupt; diapers from Kemay Eoyang; baby clothes, toys and books from Marylou Gooden; baby clothes from Samantha Lalush; children’s’ clothes from Helma Smulders.  Total 3rd Quarter:  $4,778.55  North County delivery by Joy Sostrin, 

Funds Donated:  Melaleuca, Diane Wettlaufer, Gil and Linda Blonsley, Phil and Joanne Ruggles; Tom and Kathy McLaughlin;

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Laguna Backpack Program

Each week, under the leadership of Diane McKeague, Womenade sends home weekend food for 6 families.  There are 4 to 9 members in each family.  Below please see items needed to fill the backpacks.  Donations can be taken to Laguna or to 6099 Marshall Way, Old Country Club, San Luis Obispo. Thank you!

Suggested food items:
Bananas,  small tangerines
Apples, Oranges
Small bags carrots
Self-opening cans of Tuna, Chicken, Fruit
Mayo, small jars
Baked beans
Refried beans, brown rice, ready to eat
Chili with beans
Mac n Cheese
Honey, jam, peanut butter
Spaghetti sauce  & Pasta
Granola bars, breakfast bars
Individual packages of oatmeal, applesauce
Small packages of Peanut butter, Crackers, or cheese
Soup pack of pasta with spaghetti sauce
V8 juice                                                
Small jars of peanut butter with graham crackers
Dried milk packs that mix with water to make a quart of milk for the oatmeal
Cranberry juice concentrate that can be mixed with water to make a half gallon and is much lighter to carry.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sharing List: September 1 - 15

September 4:  Gas and food for a family of 7 whose father is undergoing chemo for Stage 4 cancer.  Referral:  Jodie Steele ($300) 1051
September 6:  Cleaning and laundry supplies, toiletries, and feminine products for a family of 4.  Referral:  Tammee Green, CAPSLO ($100) 1052
September 6:  Rent to a residential motel for an elderly lady whose time at ECHO has expired.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($200) 1054
September 6:  Bus passes for parents of a 10-month-old and a new baby to visit their preemie in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker and purchase and delivery by Julie Jones ($88) 1055
September 6:  Partial PG&E deposit for single mother of a toddler and an infant.  They have been homeless and now have their own place.  She is paying part of this deposit from her $600 Cash-aid, and SSI is pending due to an injury.  Referral:  Guadalupe Sanchez, LINK ($200) 1056
September 8:  Pants, shirts, sweaters, and shoes for 8-year-old.  Referral: Yecenia Silvas, Oceano School Readiness ($100 and $45.68 scrip from Merry-Go-Round) 1057
September 8:  Clothes for a 16-year-old mom.  Referral:  Jannine Saldana, CAPSLO ($100) 1057
September 9:  Dental treatment for 8-year-old girl.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1058
September 10:  Diapers for 3 families.  Referral:  PHN ($87.45) 1059
September 11:  Crib and mattress for 1-year-old with no bed. Referral:  PHN ($135) 1060
September 11:  Tires to replace bald, burning ones so a mom can safely get her children to school and drive herself to her housekeeping job over the Grade.  Referral:  Guadalupe Sanchez, LINK ($150) 1061
September 11:  Emergency dental surgery partial co-pay for 2-year-old girl.  Referral:  Sonia Greene, LINK ($200) 1062
September 12:  Gas money for 2 new teen parents to give to friends in order to have them drive to visit their extremely ill newborn in Modesto Valley Children’s Hospital Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) 1063
September 13:  Security deposit for elderly homeless woman to move to Transition Mental Health housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1064
September 14:  Clothes for extremely ill young child.  Referral:  PHN ($27) 1065

Items Donated:  Backpacks and school supplies from Nipomo Kiwanis; school supplies from Aimey Adams; clothes for teen whose mom died and dad lost his job due to injury from Anonymous, Jamie Mello, Tracy Waitkus, Lauri Rainwater-Quinn, Anne Turner, Sharon Crawford, Jennifer Stokes, and Royann D’Amore Garges, and Cindy Blankenburg; children’s clothes and shoes from Mariam Shah;  pans for a family to use on their hot-plate from Marylou Gooden and Beckie Geddes; clothes, shoes, and hats for an 18-month-old with many scars on his head from multiple surgeries from Allison Haupt; Halloween costumes to Merry-Go-Round for scrip from Jennifer Stokes; high chairs from Mary Weeks and Barbara Deel; diaper bag from Anonymous; 
Funds Donated:    
Calendar sales, Andrea Waterbury, Judy Barclay, PG&E Community Grant Program/Tracey Vardas, Florence Simon, Julie Schultz,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Latest Sharing: August 18 - August 31

August 19:  Partial rent for a room for a woman living on $850 a month who has lost her job.  Referral:  Bonnie Allen, Estero Bay Alliance for Care ($200) 1038
August 20:  Crib mattress for toddler.  Referral:  PHN ($59.98) 1039
August 20:  Diapers for babies in 2 struggling families.  PHN ($12.98) 1039
August 20:  Child safety gates to protect toddler of teen mom from stairs.  Referral:  PHN County Early Support Program ($21.98) 1039
August 21:  Partial payment for textbooks for a learning disabled son of a Veteran who is starting Cuesta College.  Referral: Stephane Michel, CAPSLO ($300) 1140
August 23:  Bassinet for new baby of a young mom living in a very small apartment.  Referral:  PHN, and support from Merry-Go-Round scrip ($15.26) 1041
August 26:  Partial payment of burial fees for a child born brain dead who lived just 13 days.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi and Carlos Bustamante, CWS ($300) 1042
August 26:  Medical appointment for possible skin cancer for 16-year-old girl.  Referral:  Cecilia Merrill ($200) 1043
August 27:  Diapers for infants in 2 families.  Referral:  PHNs ($50.74) 1044
August 27:  Partial payment for emergency dental treatment for 3-year-old boy who cries when he eats because it hurts so much.  Referral:  Laurie Morgan, South County SAFE ($290) 1045
August 28:  Partial rental payment for a couple in their 80s, one with dementia, who were victims of phone fraud.  Referral:  Stephanie Barclay, Senior Legal Services Project ($250) 1046
August 29:  Partial security deposit for woman made homeless due to medical costs for her seriously ill daughter.  Referral:  Kelly Hannula, Independent Living Resource Center ($200) 1047
August 31:  Partial 1st month rent for homeless man with new job who is moving into housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1048
August 31:  Dental treatment for 12-year-old girl in pain.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1049
Items Donated:
Children’s clothes form Helma Smulders and Nancy Reid; 2 cribs from Jayne Auchterlonie; sofa from Mariam Alikhan; North County delivery by Joy Sostrin; children’s clothes and toys from Jamie Brown; toiletries from Kitty Rice; pack-n-play from Hospice Partner’s Hope Chest with delivery by Sharynn Chirpich; quilt fabric from Diana Foch; toiletries and rocking horse from Carol Astaire; children’s clothes from Helma Smulders; crib sheets from Art and Therese Hanlon; toiletries and cloth bags from Sharynn Chirpich; 3 boxes of books from Jennifer Stokes; children’s clothes, bouncer, toys, bottles, drying rack, shoes, travel rocker from Sara Rudd-Lawlor; double stroller from Jen Melton and daughters; clothes chest from Pat Cano; 
Funds Donated:  Scenic Coast Board of Realtors Foundation, Melaleuca, Ginny Kenny in honor of the marriage of Mary and Gary Tolar, Diane Ludin, Carol Astaire, Maryalice and Bart Jones, Linda and Roy Rawlings, Bonnie Brinton and friends of Vanessa Fujimoto to celebrate Vanessa’s birthday, Mary Parker, Lisa Bertrand,

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Latest Sharing: July 16 - August 17

July 16:  2 bus tickets for parents from San Miguel to visit their ill newborn in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker, and ticket purchase and delivery by Lois Crotser ($88) Cash out to July shoppers 6/28
July 16:  Partial motel payment for physically and mentally disabled woman with no transportation.  She has been evicted, and the motel stay will allow time for counselors to find her housing.  Referral:  Linda Quesenberry, Transitions Mental Health ($300) 1022
July 20:  Crib for 10-month-old sleeping with his mother and crawling out of bed in the night.  Referral:  PHN ($108)
July 22:  Car repair for elderly woman living on SSA only and caring for her two grandchildren.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi and Carlos Bustamante, DSS ($300)
July 24:  Diapers for twin boys of a teen mom.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker and shopping by Roberta Kassak and Lois Crotser ($38.99) Cash out to July shoppers 6/28
July 24:  Partial dental surgery payment for 4-year-old girl. Referral:  Dr. Pedersen ($100) 1025
July 24:  Partial payment for childcare for a 3-year-old, so a mother, a victim of domestic violence, can work and go to school.  Referral:  Lisa Martinez, Women’s Shelter of San Luis ($200) 1026
July 26:  Food for a mentally ill homeless woman staying in a motel.  This provides a week of meals until agency and personal funds are once again available to help.  Referral:  Melanie Bustamante, Transitions Mental Health, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($100) Cash out to July shoppers 6/28 and 1496
July 26:  Deposit to move a homeless gentleman into housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO Shelter ($280) 1027
July 27:  Dental treatment for 3 teen siblings.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($330) 1028
July 30:  Propane for a family living in a trailer at Sierra Vista while their baby is in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker, and purchase by Roberta and Frank Kassak ($72.77) 1496
July 31:  Motel stay for woman with multiple disabilities who has recently lost housing and is on limited income.  Referral:  Dan Gross, Homeless Outreach, Transitions Mental Health ($300) 1029 and 1497
August 1:  Gas card for disabled mother and 3 children, 2 special needs, to drive to Fresno to withdraw their SSA in order to support themselves locally.  Referral:  Kayla Kerrigan and Belinda Benassi, CSW ($50) 1498
August 7:  Gas card for single mother of 3.  She needs to make an emergency trip to Stanford Children’s Hospital because her seriously ill Type 1 Diabetic son has uncontrolled highs.  Referral:  Elena Chavez, LINK and shopping by Roberta Filadelfia ($100) 1030
August 7:  Gas and food for student who is supporting herself because her mother is putting all her resources into the parent’s trial defense.  Referral: Andrea Devitt, Cuesta College counselor ($100) 1031
August 8:  Partial childcare payment for working mom on the Coast who is behind in daycare payments because of a temporary gap in financial assistance.  Referral:  Caroline Halloran, CAPSLO ($300 and $7.09) 1032 and 1496
August 12:  Visa card for a mother of 2 little boys to pay for her car registration over the Internet.  She is not receiving any child support.  Referral:  Lisa Martinez, San Luis Obispo Women’s Shelter and shopping by Jayne Devencenzi ($)
August 12:  Stroller for infant of teen mom.  Referral:  PHN, San Luis and shopping by Jayne Devencenzi ($)
August 12:  Cell phone payment for terminally ill mother.  Referral:  Ivette Felix, LINK ($58) Cash withdrawal because Metro PC won’t take checks
August 12: Car repair for homeless mother.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social workers ($172.59) 1033
August 12:  Emergency water bill payment to prevent loss of services for a mother of 2 who is not receiving child support and is struggling to make ends meet.  Referral:  Belinda Benassi and Tim Sullivan, DSS ($314) 1034
August 15:  Home gas bill payment for struggling family.  Referral:  Karla Quiroga, Aids Support Network ($90.08) 1035
August 15:  Phone minutes for mother in a rural area to use for emergencies after the birth of her baby.  Referral:  PHN, First Time Mother’s Program, and shopping by Roberta Filadelfia ($47.49) 1036
August 15:  Dental treatment for teen boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($110) 1037 
Items Donated:  shirts for 5 field workers from Jayne Auchterlonie, Judy Barclay, and Kitty Rice; toiletries from Kitty Rice and Anonymous; bouncer from Mariam Shah; children’s clothes from Jennifer Stokes; quilt fabric from Gini Ortiz; excersaucer from Nancy Shearer; delivery of shirts and stroller to North County by Joy Sostrin; toiletries from Anonymous; children’s clothes from Elaine Stewart and Lisa Aquino; grocery bags from Jayne Auterlonie; clothes and diapers from Beckie Geddes; backpacks and school supplies for foster and special needs children cared for by Family Care Network from Cloud Star, Inc., Elaine Gardiner, Lainie Wachter, Beckie Geddes, Terry Kurczewski, Cindy and Dick Blankenburg, Judy Alvarez, Becky Ebeling, Kathie Hendricks and her granddaughter Olivia, Katie Perez, Madeline Fay, Mia Page, Rosemary Cleaves, and Anonymous; twin bed from Michele Starling; school paper supplies from Bill and Eileen Wield; potties and highchair seat from Gail Sears; 101 children’s books from Lynn De Leo’s farewell party (We miss you, Lynn!); 20 children’s books in Spanish from Rosemary Cleaves; toiletries from Judy Riener; quilts from the Womenade Sewing Group; port-a-crib from Anonymous; stroller from Cindy Mayr, 3 hand knit baby blankets from Ruth Nagano; baby quilts and blankets from Kathleen Dautremont, Judy Cunningham, and Joanne La Plante; fabric from Vicki Wynn, Jane Fairbain, Carolyn Moceri, and Joanne La Plante; children’s clothes and shoes from Mariam Shah; SAT books from Debbie Jones; children’s clothes from Jackie Corsiglia; pack-and–play and high chair from Pattie Bottorff; diapers from Anonymous; toiletries For Morro Bay High School’s Pirates’ Closet from Coast Womenade; microwave and silverware from Donna Howard; children’s books from Liz Curren and Diane Christenson; gas cards from Kat Tuculet; toiletries from Karen Baylor; diapers and school supplies from Joann Stevens; children’s books from Griselda Ramirez; baby wipes from Arlene Versaw; baby clothes from Susan Updegrove, Hospice Partners’ Hope Chest; diapers from Jayne Stednitz;
  Funds Donated:  Naomi Blakely in honor of friend, Betty’s, birthday, Melaleuca, Barbara Bell, Roger and Bonnie Allen, Ingrid Pires, Marylou Gooden, Marilyn Fuller, Mary Parker, Lisa Bertrand, donation in memory of Marcie Lindvall’s mother, Jack and Sandy Brill in honor of all the friends who helped her during a recent surgery, Joan Drake, Kathy Stewart, Elisa Feingold, Robin Letters, Barbara Evanish, Naomi Blakely, Gail Sears, Judy Williamson, Jayne Devencenzi, Kat Tuculet, Roberta Filadelfia, Diana Foch, Wendy Daly, Nancy Hurd, Leslie Jones, Judy Riener, Judy Barclay, Diana Henderson, Ros McQuade, Los Osos Calendars, Anonymous, Linda Williams, Liz Curren, Maribeth Peterson, Marianita Borgstrom, Lainie Wachter, Linda Mueller, Donna Howard, Anne Tiber, Karen Morgan, Linda Holland, Jean De Bruyn, Carole Miller, Jeannette Powles, Ann Martel, Carol Devore, Anonymous, Shelby West, Carol Kueny, Betty Symons, Arlene Versaw, Bonnie Rivera, Margaret Helley, Barbara Lambertson, Rosemary Cleaves, Katie Perez, Amy Hedges, Linda Souza, Vicki Wyne, Jane Fairbairn, Judy Earnest, Joann Stevens, Mia Page, Janice Chagoya, Donna Nisbet, Barbara Crawford, Joy Pickell, Lola Zybura, Cheryl Graham, Kathleen Dautremont, Priscilla Alquist, Mary Squellati, Kathy Veder, Carol Taylor, Joanne La Plante, Mariam Shah, Madeline Stevenson, Barbara Deel, Sharynn Chirpich, Nell Quijano, Madeline Fay, Leslie Jones, Diane Wettlaufer,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nipomo Elementary Summer Food Distribution

The lunch program at the Nipomo Elementary School has 1 week to go. We're up to 650 lunches served over the last 6 weeks. Not bad for the first year and no publicity! Rosemary Cleaves and her team are incredible!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Latest Sharing: July 1 - 16

July 5:  Partial rent for family of 6 to move into section 8 housing.  Referral:  Eloisa Medina, ECHO ($300) 1012
July 5: Dental treatment for young boy.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($75) 1013
July 8:  Food for a single mom and her 4 children to supplement the food they are receiving from Loaves and Fishes, and gas to take one of the children to doctors in San Luis.  Referral:  Vickie Jarvis, CAPSLO ($200) 1014
July 8:  Crib for young toddler.  Referral:  PHN, Coast; scrip from Merry-go-Round ($46.42) 1015
July 10:  Crib for new baby girl.  Referral:  Teresa Johnson and Louise Tobin, CWS ($140.39) 1016
July 10:  Bouncer for newborn baby boy.  Referral:  PHN, and shopping by Roberta Kassak ($)
July 10:  Partial dental surgery payment for 2-year-old boy.  Referral:  Dr. Walker ($50) 1017
July 11:  3 port-a-cribs for homeless families needing them immediately because the shelter is infested with bedbugs, and they had to throw theirs away.  Referral:  PHN and Della Wagner, CAPSLO Shelter Program Manager ($113.40) 1018
July 11:  Dental treatment for 2 young girls.  Referral:  Dr. Tran ($220) 1019
July 12:  Remaining fees for a boy, a good student, to play high school football.  He has already sold the little bit of things he has and worked little side jobs to pay for the football equipment.  His family is low income, and most of their money goes to help a younger son with serious health problems.  Referral:  Ivette Felix, LINK ($150) 1020
July 12:  Gas for parents from remote area of the county to visit their sick baby in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker ($100) 1021
July 16:  2 bus tickets for parents from San Miguel to visit their ill newborn in the NICU.  Referral:  Sierra Vista social worker, and ticket purchase and delivery by Lois Crotser ($)
July 16:  Partial motel payment for physically and mentally disabled woman with no transportation.  She has been evicted, and the motel stay will allow time for counselors to find her housing.  Referral:  Linda Quesenberry, Transitions Mental Health ($300) 1022

--> Items Donated:  Children’s clothes, blankets, and toys from Arlene Versaw; high chairs from Marla Lee Eaton and Barbara Putman delivered by Arlene Versaw; newborn formula from Bonnie Rivera delivered by Arlene Versaw; stroller from Gail Sears; roll away bed from Karen O’Grady delivered by Roberta and Bill Filadelfia; 2 toddler beds from Jayne Aucterlone delivered by Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer; children’s clothes from Jennifer Stokes; shirts for 5 field workers from Rosemary Cleaves;
Funds Donated:  Ingrid Pires, Mary Parker, Lisa Bertrand, Janet Kourakis, Susan Stenovec, Dana Easton, Linda Murray, Colleen Spafford, Debbie Bennett, Judy Barclay, Carol Astaire, Carol Tickner, Diane Wetlaufer, Business Management Training, Spirit Winds Physical Therapy, Spirit Winds Physical Therapy Event,