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6/30/20 Our President named a Hometown Hero by KSBY

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

The YouTube clip of Hometown Hero award and more touching stories.

Rosemary Cleaves, President of South SLO County Womenade, was nominated, and then selected by KSBY to be one of their Home Town Heroes. You may have already seen it on KSBY! Here is the YouTube link.

More Stories! Last week we showcased Lopez High School and the Wolf Den This week we are highlighting three Family Resource Centers.

Three of the agencies we support are: The Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Oceano Family Resource Centers (FRC). Their parent organization is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, which during the stay-at-home time, we are all acquainted with.

CAPSLO, (Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo) has S.A.F.E. (Services Affirming Family Empowerment) teams all over the county and provide services through multi-agencies to children and families. The three south county family resource centers are some of these agencies. The three agencies are organized under a non-profit South County Youth Coalition (SCYC),, SAFE teams convene in four areas of the county: North, Coast, San Luis Obispo, and Arroyo Grande to provide various levels of service and provide multi-agency collaboration and coordination to seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. SAFE Family Resource Centers are a community-based, school-linked, family-centered way of delivering and coordinating appropriate prevention and intervention services to youth and families in Southern San Luis Obispo County. The SAFE services team provides supports to all individuals including birth, adoptive, and resource families, kin-care providers, transitional aged youth, special needs youth and adults, and the zero to five population. The S.A.F.E. goal is to focus on family strengths and build upon those strengths by connecting the family with community resources to keep children and youth’ Here are some stories from advocates of some clients who have benefited from South SLO County Womenade help. Out of resources A large family has been working with the Nipomo FRC on connecting with available resources in the community to learn how to manage their situation. The father’s work hours were drastically reduced due to COVID-19, and the family is struggling with managing and meeting all their bills. They had run out of resources. We worked out a plan with the utilities companies, they receive food assistance from the local food distributions, but were still in need of rental assistance. I was able to help them with rent assistance for the month of June through donations from Womenade. The good news is that the father’s work hours are now back to full-time. The family is very thankful for the help they received from Womenade! No place to turn A young single mom with a two year old and an infant came to the Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center for help. She is going through a rough custody and child support battle. She was planning on returning to work in early March, but due to COVID-19 she found it nearly impossible to find a job. She had the major bills covered but was struggling with the necessities – food, baby items and transportation. She had run out of places to turn. She arrived at AGFRC and I worked with a Family Law Facilitator to help with the custody battle. I was able to help the mom with assistance from donations from So. SLO County Womenade for some diapers, baby clothes, Smart and Final food gift card and a gas card. She was thankful for the assistance with some basic needs so she can better focus on the court paperwork. Just getting by and then COVID-19 came along A disabled single mother of one adult son (with a job) and two minors came to the Oceano FRC for help. The mom was struggling to keep a roof over their heads since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. My client is disabled and had exhausted her state disability benefits when the Stay at Home order took effect. Her adult son was working but lost his job due to Covid-19. He applied for unemployment but six weeks later he had not received any of his benefits. He has tried to find other work but jobs are few and far between. The landlord was not willing to work with the family. The family needed to pay their May rent but did not have the money. Womenade assisted with $300 that prevented them from possible eviction. Today, the son has found work, and the family is back on track and are doing great, financially. Merchandise for fundraising We have created a couple of items to help with fundraising. T-Shirts $20 and Tote bags $15. We are not mailing items. They can be ordered by emailing Jill Ostrove at She will need to know:

  • size T-shirt (M, L, XL) and # of T-shirts

  • Totes – Number

  • Pick-up or drop off (5 cities area)

  • How you want to pay: check or paypal

To make a donation, write a check to South SLO County Womenade and mail to: South SLO County Womenade, 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433 or go to our website or

Our website is:

Our EIN# is: 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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