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A very busy fall with lots of fun things to do

Newsletter October 19, 2022


October 12, 2022 We held our last potluck fundraiser for 2022, and we had nearly 50 people in attendance. A Great Time Was Had By All! There were many new attendees and many new advocates. The food was spectacular as usual, and there was even a sunset to behold. We raised $2,550 on the night plus some donations that came in via paypal and checks.

January 17, 2023 will be our first potluck of 2023! Lynn Heinrich has graciously offered to hold the first one of the year at her home in Cypress Ridge on the mesa in Arroyo Grande. Mark your calendars!

If you would like to host a potluck fundraiser for us, please email us at These are our main methods of fundraising and would like to have between 10 and 12 potlucks a year in our regular areas and new areas

to introduce our work to new networks and neighborhoods.


In Kind Donations – We need your help!!

As you know we have held a number of drives this year to help those in need in our community. Many, many of you have donated generously, and we are very grateful. Although you may no longer need or want a receipt for your in-kind donations, they are very helpful to us. Your in-kind receipts help us when we apply for grants as we can demonstrate our reach that goes beyond monetary donations. We can share the value of your in-kind donations to what we raise. Please send an email ( with your name, address, amount spent and what you purchased and the approximate date or print and fill out the receipt below and mail, email or scan back to us.

Gas Refund Checks

California is supposed to start sending gas refund checks soon to some residents who filed tax returns for 2021. If you are fortunate enough not to need this refund check, please consider sending it to us, and we will turn it into gas cards for our many clients who are in desperate need of help with our sky high gas prices and transportation cost – eg. Gas, bus tickets, transportation to school for the children!

School Supplies

In October we are running a “we missed the bus” drive specifically for teachers who still need specific school items for their students. Once the “stuff the bus” campaign is over teachers will still be missing critical teaching supplies and are always reaching into their own pockets for these supplies. Here’s the list of needed school supplies:


  • Large boxes of Kleenex

  • Clorox wipes

  • White Board Markers

  • Papermate Flair Pens

  • Post-it Notes

  • Highlighters

  • Magic Markers

  • Fine tip Sharpies

  • Pencils

  • 1” and 2” binders

  • Glue sticks

  • Scotch tape

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • Rulers

  • Graph paper

  • Masking tape

  • Scotch tape

  • Lunch boxes

Drop off locations are:

  • Lola Zybura – 2367 Brant St. (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande

  • Susan McCutcheon – 2342Willet Way (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande

  • FitForever Gym - 1080 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande

  • Nancy Terrell – Avila Bay Club,

  • Stacy Murphy – 1975 Northwood Rd. (Trilogy) Nipomo

  • Jean Baker – 925 Miguel Ct. (Trilogy) Nipomo

  • Judy Woo - 1402 Vista Tesoro Pl, Nipomo

Holiday baskets SignUp Genius available

The SignUp Genius for the holiday baskets is out there! Click on this link and follow the instructions. Still lots of items to chose from. Kristin Heenan is leading this effort again this year! Last year we prepared baskets for 65 families. The numbers have swelled as we discovered many more families in need including 8 migrant farm worker families bringing our number to 120. In addition we will be preparing 50 more baskets for the end of the year holiday break for families in Grover Beach. Stay tuned. And please remember to send us a tally of how much you’ve spent of these items!


Karen Wood, Marilyn Wilson, Susan McCutcheon (2), Anita Sanchez, Karlie Cool (2), Anonymous, Robin Greene, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay(2), Lara Golden, Piper Adelman, Shelly Springer, Kathleen Secrest, Anita Shower, Gwen Carton, Nicole DeMatteo, Marilyn Knollenberg, Sonia Ullmann, Susan Evard, Ann McDowell, Rosemary Cleaves (4), Linda and Bradley Wilbert (2), Lisa Arakaki, Shirley Horacek, Heidi Boatman, Jann Jeffries, Caren Russom, Shannon Dempsey, Terry Parry, Marcella Gelman (2), Linda Busek, Carol Chenot (2), Wendy Castleman (3), Karen Kolba (2), Katy Ayer, Lisa Murdoch, Tina Doherty, Barbara Crawford, Fran Norris, Mariam Shah, Lola Zybura, Joann and Stan Benson, Judith Carleson, Marilyn Chulack, Sheila and Richard Semana (2), Mary De Jong, Cory Gonzalez, Sandy Richardson, Elaine Stewart, Anna Currie, Stacy Murphy, Vanessa Fujimoto, Gail Applegate, Kathy Forenza, Gee Gee Southward, Karen McFadden, Lenore Spelbring, Cynthia McCoy, Ann McDowell (2), Dorene Novotny, Lori Connolly, Majorie Musselman, Candace Guldeman, Joan and Stan Benson, Ann Mathias, Gay Evison Groomes, Kathleen Deragon, Caity McCardell, Christine Mateer, Debby Lauffenburger, Janie Godde, Thomas Sheldon


9/1/22 to 9/30/22 $7,681.05

1/1/22 TO 9/30/22 $61,626.58

2/1/2019 TO 9/30/22 $284,214.86


Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $318.91 SLO FoodBank

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Marivel Pille

  • Mother had some unexpected medical expenses and is requesting assistance to purchase underwear, socks and other items for her 4 sons Walmart $150

  • Mother has a rare heart condition and is unable to work, dad is the only one currently working and mother needs help covering a medical bill $300 Alex Harrison MD Inc

  • Grandmother is requesting clothing assistance since she is the only one currently working. Marshalls $100

  • Single mother is in need of gas assistance to take children to school and go to interviews Shell $100

  • Mother needs assistance with food, & toiletries. Her hours have been reduced at work. Walmart $100, Marshalls $100

  • Mother has requested assistance with her car payment; she has missed a lot of work due to child's behavioral issues at school. $166 Coast Hills Credit Union

  • Single mom covering household expenses for herself and 2 kids. Injured at work. Decrease in monthly income due to not working. Struggling to make ends meet $300 San Luis Bay Apartments

  • Mother had to miss work due to child's behavioral challenges at daycare. $100 Allstate

  • Mother is in need of clothes and shoes for all 4 children, she is currently battling cancer and her husband is the only one working$200 Ross

  • Single mother, works part time taking care of children. Sheneeds help with daughters clothes $75 Marshalls

  • Single dad just recently got housed in July after being homeless for about a year and needs assistance paying for cell phone bill $118.07 Verizon Wireless

  • Single mom is trying to get back on her feet and is requesting assistance with shoes for her daughterShell$50/Marshalls $50

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Single mother of 3 left Domestic Violence situation in need of gas to get to and from work until she gets paid in two weeks. Shell $100

  • Single mother on cash-aid cannot afford new school clothes for her daughter. Ross $100

  • Father recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He spent some of his rent money to fix his car. Not running. Now needs rental assistance $300 Boa Vida (landlord)

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Advocate CinthiyaOrtiz-Corona

  • Single Mother. Recently doubled up. Sleeping in living room. Son received bed. Needs sheets for son $50 Walmart

  • Homeless single mother of 3 having to commute in public transportation. Asking for clothes for daughter to feel comfortable during commuting in the AM. Ross$100

  • Children in need of clothing for new school year. Single mom staying with a friend dealing with medical financial issues impede her from finding employment Ross $200

  • Single Mother currently not working. Family moved in to help with assistance asking hygiene products & household products. Walmart $100

  • Parent Needs food & Supplies after loss of income Food4Less $100

  • Father had a significant loss of income. Needs to transport to &from school $100 Shell Gas

  • Family home recently burnt down. Family has no belongings, starting to get things needed. Ross $200

  • Family moved and needs support for rent. Have a lot of expenses with move and a high needs 4 Month old baby. Weekly out of county appointments. No additional support. $500 Pedersen Realty + Property Management (landlord)

  • Single parent, mother recently emigrated from El Salvador 2 weeks ago. Getting acclimated to this country. Doubled up multiple families. Needs supportFood $100, Walmart $100

  • Single Parent Mother doubled up with parents to support with needs for children. Seeking employment at the moment. Walmart $200

  • Family under single income source, needing food resources $150 Food4Less

  • Single parent, in process of divorce, seeking work at the moment, ex-partner controls finances 150 Food4Less

  • Mother was previously unemployed, took in family members to support w/ finances. Children in need of shoes &other items$200 Ross

  • Family surviving on single income from father, mother is still receiving cancer treatment & unable to support w/ expensesSoCal Gas$26.82/ PG+E $32.25

  • Family work in agriculture had reduced work hours due to weather, requesting support for car seat for baby.$150 Walmart

The Link – Advocate Juanita Cantu-Chavez – Mesa Middle School and Judkins Middle School and Advocate Brenda Gonzalez – Paulding Middle School

  • An unemployed mom is struggling finding a job due to her mental health and caring for her child with special needs. Her child is currently hospitalized for her mental health and mother is does not have the funds to cover internet. The mother uses the internet to video chat with her child. $132 Spectrum

  • A family’s father has been absent and has stopped helping them financially. The mother has had to get a second job to be able to cover the rent and utilities. She does not have enough funds to cover her internet bill and her student needs it for school work. $44.99 Spectrum

  • An older brother has taken on the responsibility of driving younger brother to school. Older brother has had to cut his hours and focus on helping his single-mother transport younger children. The family is in needing help covering gas until student gets a city bus pass. $50 Gas Card

  • A family is struggling with affording blankets and pillows while living in a temporary RV until they find permanent housing. This is a high-needs family. $200 Visa

  • Single mother works as a housekeeper and had her work hours recently cut. She needs financial assistance paying his trash utility bill. $42.22 South County Sanitary Services

  • Family of 10 with one baby on the way is struggling to pay for food. Currently waiting on Food stamps but benefits will take over 3 weeks to kick in. There is also a need for shoes for current middle school student.$300 Visa for food and shoes

  • Parent currently having to commute from North County to see children in Foster care. Parent is very involved with children and needs assistance with groceries and gas expenses. Only receiving cash aid assistance at the moment. $200 Visa Gas and groceries

  • Single parent with 4 children couch surfing and trying to get housing. Currently needs financial assistance with gas, food, diapers, wipes and hygiene products. $100 Visa

  • Currently parents’ work hours have been reduced. Parents are struggling with food and toiletries. Need financial assistance to pay for food and toiletries. $100 Visa

Lopez Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • 4 ea. Bicycle helmets, locks & pumps $374.38 Walmart

  • Socks & flannel shirts $104.34 Costco

  • 5 pairs of shoes $210.12 Vans and Converse

  • Wide sweat pants & 8 belts $118.41 Walmart

  • Women's crew socks $8.61 Marshall

  • 10 hair brushes $20.20 Dollar Tree

  • 5 girl's tops $82.95 Kohl’s

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $168.36

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • They were able to provide a bed for a young woman in her 20s, undocumented, homeless and unable to pay her expenses $800

Department of Social Services/ Transitions Mental Health AssociationJanine Lambert/Mayra Valencia

  • A participant who was homeless came into the office and said all his items were stolen asked if there was any way we could help with getting him a small tent or sleeping bag $25 Walmart

  • A female lost employment/Domestic Violence and completely negative in her bank account and needed to get to SLO and get kids to school and Dr. Appt. $50 Gas

  • We had a woman who was disabled in a wheelchair come into the office today and asked for our assistance in helping her get back home to Santa Cruz. She came to SLO County to take care of some business and then planned on returning to Santa Cruz but had some troubles while she was here. Her purse was stolen with her ID, wallet with ATM card and her phone with all her passwords in it and was unable to access any money that she had in her account.She had slept outside for a couple of nights and said she had barely slept.She looked exhausted.She had been pushing herself around in her wheelchair and her legs were very swollen.Thanks to Womanade, we were able to give her RTA bus passes so she could safely return to where she was going to stay for the evening and return to the bus station in the morning.She said she came in feeling like she was truly in a dark place and didn't know what she was going to do, but left feeling she could truly see a light at the end of a tunnel after all the help she received. $11 - 2 bus passes


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