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Here comes 2022 and we are making plans!

Newsletter 01/16/22

Happy 2022!

Raffle, “Admin April”, and Potlucks

Raffle - Planning has started for our gatherings in 2022. We are delighted to announce that our first group open potluck will be in April. Stay tuned for the date. We hoping for a Friday afternoon and a chocolate theme! We plan to hold a raffle at that potluck and are searching for donations to us for this raffle. We would love offers of items for the raffle as well as “experiences" such as frequent flyer tickets or time shares that you could offer! Please dig into your stashes of things that you think might make a good raffle prize and contact us at

Admin April - The proceeds of our last Admin April in 2020 lasted us a couple of years, and we need to hold another one. Our expenses are very small (approximately $3,000 a year and mostly for insurance) but they still exist. We will hold a specific fundraiser “Admin April”. A few donors have already made donations earmarked for Administrative Expenses, and we are very grateful.


A couple of people have volunteered to host private potlucks for us to widen our reach to spread the word about South SLO County Womenade. We are SO Grateful! We have one tentatively planned for early March and another for July. We also have a planned group open potluck scheduled for some time in early June.

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Nayeli Salinas Benitez

  • Family is currently homeless and the Dad is disabled; family needs clothing for their son. $200

  • Single mother of two, concerned about finances she prioritized paying rent this month but kids need clothing $100 Walmart

  • Single mom at risk of losing her housing; family has many needs including clothing & gas $100 clothes $200 Gas card

  • Single mother with 5 kids; family is barely able to pay bills.They need clothing and gas. Marshalls $250. Exxon $50 gas card

  • Single mother is unable to work at this time and needs assistance for the to make it through the end of the month Marshalls $100

  • Single mother of 4 children.Struggling with childcare making it hard to work.She needs help to make it to the end of the month $300 for food and clothing

  • Mom Currently in remission from cancer so not working and need financial assistance with clothing for her children. $300 TJMaxx

  • Single father of 3 needs financial support for basic necessities due to hours being reduced at work. $$150 Walmart

  • Family was impacted physically, emotionally and financially by getting COVID-19.They need funds for basic necessities.$150 Walmart

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Zitlali Hernandez Pluma

  • Mother is single parent working part time she needs gas card to help get to work$150 CVS and Shell gas card

  • Single mother with kids who have outgrown their clothing.She cannot afford clothing at this time. $100 Walmart

  • Family has limited income and their rent was unexpectedly increased.They need assistance to pay their rent during the holidays. $300Roosevelt Family Apartments (landlord)

  • Mom is experiencing homelessness and needs all the support $150 Gas card

  • Family is struggling financially, dad is the only one currently working at the moment $100 Vons

  • Parents of twin girls.One of the twins has a serious medical condition and travels to LA frequently for appointments.Family need gas assistance. $150 gas card

  • Single mom needs help paying for her medical bill as she is currently not working due to needing to care for her children.$200 Community Health Center

Oceano Family Resource Center – Stella Medina

  • Car payment made for a single father to prevent car from being repossessed.Father needs vehicle to get to work and treatment appointments $230 Coast Hills Credit Union

  • Single mom going to school full time to provide a better life for her son; did not have enough to pay rent this month.$270 Madonna Rd. Apartments

  • Unemployment payments stopped without notice and mother needs to get to the treatment meetings $50 gas card

  • Child in need of new clothes. Single mom in recovery and unemployed; she cannot afford clothing. $100 Walmart

  • Family seeking asylum because family members were murdered in Mexico; they are homeless in need of food$200 Food4Less

  • Family about to become Homeless and in need of assistance covering storage fees in order to secure their belongings $300 Rocksafe Self Storage

  • Single father just got custody of his two sons. He has a limited income & is in need of gas money to get the kids to medical appointments. $200 gas card

  • Father/Husband passed away from COVID-19 on 11/27/21 Family owes over $900 in funeral cost and cannot afford it. $400 Marshall Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel

First 4 Early Learning Centers – Lauren Thorne/ Shannon Pimentel

  • Family car broken downand need car to get to school, work and other appointments $285 Car repair place

  • Family needed assistance with car insurance in order to keep the car on the road. $386 State Farm for car insurance

  • Family needs help with gas heating bill very behind $232 to SoCal Gas

The Link – Erica Andrade – Mesa Middle School and Judkins Middle School and Brenda Gonzalez – Paulding Middle School

  • A family of three is living in a RV and is in need of warm socks and winter coats for their children. Their parents are seasonal farm workers and due to frost/rain, they have had their works hours cut. $50 Clothing

  • A single-mother does have enough funds to cover dental assistance for her son. He needs braces and his insurance won't cover the cost. He is self-conscious about his teeth and the braces are a way to have him gain confidence. $300 Community Health Center (Dental)

  • A homeless family is living in a shelter and their student is in need of warm clothing especially a jacket. The student has to walk to the school bus early in the morning and a warm jacket is needed. $50 Marshalls

  • A low-income student is in need of a winter coat and boots. Her single-mother has been unemployed and only has enough funds to cover the rent. $50 Clothing gift card

  • A homeless family needs to get student warmer PE clothes and shoes. They need to get sweats for their student due to the winter temperatures.$50 Clothing gift card

  • A father has a rare medical condition and has to travel far to get treatment. He has to go for treatment once a week. This has strained the family’s finances. $50

  • A single Mother works in the medical field part-time and takes care of her children/elderly mother. She does not have enough money to get to work and can use help with gas funds. $100 gas card

  • A single-mom who is a small business owner is not able to drive her student to extra-curricular activities. The student is in need of a bike to get to these events and will use it to commute to school when winter break ends. $150 Visa card

  • A low-income mother does not have enough gas funds to get her daughter to cheerleading practice. Cheerleading has helped the student with her mental health and her social connections.$50 gas card

  • The family is currently homeless, parent is trying to find shelter with 5 children. The family needs assistance with gas funds to be able to get to homeless shelter. $50 gas card

Lopez High School - The Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • Students in need of combs and brushes $42.77

  • Students in need of leggings $121.7a

The Nutrition Team – Mary Anne Morgan

  • Food from SLO Foodbank for Food distributions, holiday food baskets and students’ weekend food $432.82

Casa Solana – Renee Poirier, Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed for a second month to an elderly lady in her late 60s. She was married for over 39 years and lost her husband to cancer. She began self medicating after the loss of her husband and became homeless.She has now been referred to other outside agencies and is doing very well in her recovery. -$800 for a gift bed

Department of Social Services/ Transitions Mental Health Association – Christy Romano/ Mayra Valencia

  • Gentleman is homeless in Arroyo Grande and has ongoing appointments in Santa Barbara and has no other resources - $50 gas card

  • Gentleman is homeless and living in his vehicle and needs gas to obtain an ID in SLO for employment and housing - $25 gas card

County Nurses – Melissa Richardson

  • We collected Christmas ornaments for a mom and her baby


  • 12/1/21 to 12/31/21 $10,972.61

  • 1/1/21 TO 12/31/21 $91,597.26

  • 2/1/2019 to 12/31/21 $225,053.37


Fred Donati, Jack and Betty Scully, Phyllis Sims, Karen Kolba (2), Community Foundation Lindvall Fund, Barbara Crawford, Grace Nagel (2), Linda Fibich, Jean Leavitt, Kathleen Howell, Carol Chenot, Gay Groomes, Brad and Linda Wilbert, Mona Tucker, Paula Tripp, Madeline Stevenson, Mariam Shah, Carolyn Scheef, Fran Norris, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay (2), Joann and Stan Benson, Ann Mathias, Ann Lovegren, Marilyn Knollenberg, Candace Guldeman, Michele Ferrall, Tina Doherty, Jordis Daigle, Lori Connolly (2), Rosemary Cleaves (2), Wendy Castleman (2), Judith Carleson, Rosemary Anderson, Ilse Outcalt, Chipotle, Loretta Parrish, Lisa Fraser (2), Elaine Stewart, Judy Woo (2), Joanie Thomas, Gee Gee Southward, Sandy Richardson, Patti Reed, Joni Pattillo, Cliva Mee, Susan McCutcheon (2), Jessie Lopez, Jann Jeffries, Cory Gonzalez, Lara Golden, Marcella Gelman, Mary DeJong, Gail Applegate


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