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It was an outstanding November for South SLO County Womenade!


Newsletter 12/5/2021


November was a banner month for South SLO County Womenade!


MATCHING GRANT UPDATE

It’s official – we smashed the $5,000 matching grant in November by over 2 times. Including the $5,000 matching grant, we raised $16,859.51 in November! Womenader donors are AMAZING! “Thank You” doesn’t really say it all!


THANKSGIVING BASKET GRATITUDE

Here are some wonderful comments from some of the families who received the Fabulous Thanksgiving Baskets!

  • A parent from Oceano said: We were so grateful for the food! We had a fun time unloading each bag, and the kids were so excited to see what was going to come out of each bag. They were beside themselves when the cookies and cake appeared! The turkey was so delicious. It was so large that we were able to eat multiple times, enjoying sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey broth, turkey soup, and best yet, turkey pot pie! How can we ever say thank you enough to Womenade! You made our Thanksgiving extra special as the food became a symbol of kindness, comfort, and gratitude. Thank you again.

  • Another family said ‘Les agradezco mucho por todas las cosas que nos dieron. Tuvimos nuestra cena completa. Fue un detalle muy bonito de su parte, que Dios se los multiplique mucho con bendiciones Muchas gracias” !!! Translation - Thank you very much for all the things you gave us. We had our full dinner. It was a very nice thing for you to do for us, may God multiply blessings for you! Thank you”!!!

  • A little girl said: "I love mashed potatoes, I ate a lot. So much! My tummy was so full from the yummy mash potatoes!"

  • A little boy said: “El día del pavo, comí mucho pavo y me gusto, gracias" Translation – On turkey day, I ate a lot and I liked it very much, thank you!



  • From Ruby Alcantar – Supervisor at Step by Step early head start at Lopez High School -We want to say thank you on behalf of our families. We had 7 families who picked up their Thanksgiving bags here at the center. Then, we delivered to eight more families who weren't able to pick it up. I have attached a picture of the ones that were delivered. Thanks again!

HAPPENINGS


The next potluck is NEXT WEEK Wednesday December 15th at 6PM!


Our December potluck will be at Candace Guldeman’s home at 6PM on Wednesday December 15th, 2021 at 524 Mesa View Dr., on the mesa in Arroyo Grande, of course depending on the situation with the pandemic! Vaccinated attendees only. Please bring your vaccination card, wear a mask while indoors, your place setting, beverage, dish to share and your donation ($50 minimum requested, more is always welcomed!). Checks made out to South SLO County Womenade. It will be cool outdoors so be sure to wear lots of layers.


THE NUTRITION TEAM – a new school

The nutrition team is expanding its reach beyond the middle schools and high schools to the elementary schools by providing food to students in need of weekend food adding their first elementary school – BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ARROYO GRANDE starting this week.


THE COUNTY NURSES new request

A single mom who is on her own with no family support, is in need of a high chair for her baby. Here is a picture of one that can be turned into a booster seat for when the baby is older. Please contact Melissa Richardson if you can help: marichardson@co.slo.ca.us


WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

CASA SOLANA – RENEE POIRIER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed to an elderly lady in her late 60's. She was married for over 39yrs and lost her husband to cancer. She began self medicating after the loss of her husband and became homeless.


COUNTY NURSES – MELISSA RICHARDSON

The county nurses requested and received a play yard/ gate request today. They are still asking for Christmas decorations and a Christmas stocking for a mom and her baby. Please contact Melissa at marichardson@co.slo.ca.us


Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Nayeli Salinas Benitez – new advocate

  • Father has recently been decreased hrs at work due to covid and having financial difficulties paying rent/utilities $300 Colonial Manor (landlord)

  • Family is currently homeless and staying in motels, need gas as they commute to SLO to school$100 Marshalls Gift card

  • Family is currently homeless and staying in motels, need winter clothing$100 Shell gift card

  • Child is an unaccompanied youth struggling with getting to school$100 Shell gift card

  • Parents recently separated. Having financial impact on mom and household $300 Grocery Outlet

  • Wife/kids just moved to us from Mexico. Father currently not working due to Injury; need food & clothing $300 Grocery Outlet/$100 Ross gift card

  • Family is currently Homeless living in a hotel; need food and clothing. $200 Grocery Outlet/$100 Ross

  • Single Mom is currently unemployed, struggling to buy food/household items $300 Grocery Outlet

  • Currently being evicted.Mom recently gave birth to baby, need food/clothing $200 Grocery Outlet. $100 Ross

  • Single mom having difficulty paying for home finances. Needing clothes for kids. $200 Grocery Outlet, $100 Ross

  • Mom cut off work, family is tripled living w/aunt and more individuals, resources extremely limited $200 Grocery Outlet, $100 Ross

  • Grandma struggling to pay off bills due to being unemployed helping care for grandchild $300 PG&E

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Zitlali Hernandez Pluma – new advocate

  • Mom is seeking financial assistance with clothing for her sons. Dad is the only one working.$200 Marshalls

  • Family is currently experiencing homelessness, mom is currently looking for a job and this gas card would help her get to interviews.$150 Shell gas card

  • Student wants to learn how to play guitar as positive emotional outlet in hard times; family does not have money for guitar. $195.74 Costco

  • Mom does not have enough money to buy warmer clothes for her children$150 Ross

  • Mom needs help with gas to take her daughter to therapy appointments.$ 100 Shell gas card

  • Family Needs support w/paying rent. Only dad is working at this time. $300 Roosevelt Family Apartments (landlord)

  • Mom is currently unemployed could use this help to purchase clothing for her daughter$100 Marshalls

  • Currently homeless, only have a car at the moment to get to school, work, job$150 Shell gas card

  • Single mom is having difficult time being able to afford clothing, they are growing out of their clothes and would benefit from this.$150 Marshalls

Oceano Family Resource Center – Stella Medina

  • Teen Parent about to give birth and in need of bassinet for baby being born in January 2022$100 Walmart

  • Single mother of two struggling, not working and child support payments have stopped without warning $100 Food4Less/ Transportation

  • Single mother not working going to school full time, child support payments stopped without notice. Needs gas to take son to appointments$50 ExxonMobil gas card

  • Unemployment payments stopped without notice needs to get to appointments$50 Shell gas card

  • Loss of income end of season, unable to apply for EDD due to immigration status; need help with rent. $300 Johnie Reinhart (landlord)

  • Work related injury unable to go to work now behind on rent for December $300 Don Nicholson (landlord)

  • Mother has a brain tumor that is preventing her from working. Loss of Income due to her Illness unable to pay December rent $300 Artherrine Pitts (landlord)

  • Child need tutoring and parents cant afford to pay for a tutor $60 Amelie Guerrero (tutor)

  • SSI benefits were suspended without notice. No money to pay for December rent $325 Chris Peddicord (landlord)

  • Loss of income due to illness does not have enough money for December rent $300 California West (landlord)

  • Picky eater needs healthy snacks; family cannot afford specific snacks that are needed$50 Walmart gift card

  • CWS referral for support late water bill landlord is not happy that it is past due. Client does not have the money worried she could be evicted $300 Oceano Community Service District

  • Loss of income in need of food for family.$200 Grocery Outlet

  • Single mother of 3 children has lost work hrs this month in need of food. $200 Grocery Outlet

  • The students mother is unemployed and their father works part-time. They do not have enough funds to cover the students PE clothes and tennis shoes. The students are in need of sturdier shoes and clothes for PE. $100 Visa gift card for Clothing and shoes

  • Mother has a severe burn on her leg and has to travel four hours to get a special surgery done. Father has had to take time off and does not have the funds to pay for gas/food for his wife’s next surgery. $100 Visa card for food and gas

  • A mother of two has had her work hours cut due to winter hours and her food expenses have increased due to child having dietary restrictions due to new illness. She is in need of funds to cover gas bill. $198.97 SoCalGas

  • A low-income family is in need of help covering ambulance bill. The father is undocumented and has a rare heart condition and had to be transported to the hospital. He now owes over $2500. They do not have enough to cover their rent this month due to this bill. $300 San Luis Ambulance

  • Family is dealing with a traumatic event that happened to their young child. Both parents have had to take time off of work to assist the child’s injuries. They do not have enough funds to cover their car payment and rent this month. $372 GMC Car Payment

  • A family of five lives in a small trailer and do not have enough funds this month to cover their propane bill. Father works part-time and mother cannot work due to a health condition. $50 Propane Visa gift card

The Link – Erica Andrade

  • The students mother is unemployed and their father works part-time. They do not have enough funds to cover the students PE clothes and tennis shoes. The students are in need of sturdier shoes and clothes for PE. $100 Visa gift card for Clothing and shoes

  • Mother has a severe burn on her leg and has to travel four hours to get a special surgery done. Father has had to take time off and does not have the funds to pay for gas/food for his wife’s next surgery. $100 Visa card for food and gas

  • A mother of two has had her work hours cut due to winter hours and her food expenses have increased due to child having dietary restrictions due to new illness. She is in need of funds to cover gas bill. $198.97 SoCalGas

  • A low-income family is in need of help covering ambulance bill. The father is undocumented and has a rare heart condition and had to be transported to the hospital. He now owes over $2500. They do not have enough to cover their rent this month due to this bill. $300 San Luis Ambulance

  • Family is dealing with a traumatic event that happened to their young child. Both parents have had to take time off of work to assist the child’s injuries. They do not have enough funds to cover their car payment and rent this month. $383 GMC Car Payment

  • A family of five lives in a small trailer and do not have enough funds this month to cover their propane bill. Father works part-time and mother cannot work due to a health condition. $50 Propane Visa gift card

HAPPENINGS

THE NUTRITION TEAM – a new school The nutrition team is expanding its reach beyond the middle schools and high schools to the elementary schools by providing food to students in need of weekend food adding their first elementary school – BRANCH ELEMENATRY SCHOOL IN ARROYO GRANDE starting this week. THE COUNTY NURSES new request A single mom who is on her own with no family support, is in need of a high chair for her baby. Here is a picture of one that can be turned into a booster seat for when the baby is older. Please contact Melissa Richardson if you can help: marichardson@co.slo.ca.us AN UPDATE ON FUNDS RECEIVED

  • 11/1/21 to 11/30/21 $16,859.51

  • 1/1/21 TO 11/30/21 $80,654.65

  • 2/1/2019 TO 10/30/21 $214,080.76

MANY THANKS TO OUR FABULOUS NOVEMBER DONORS Sheila Consoli, Ann McDowell, Marilyn Gildea, Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Diane Graham, Linda Jung, Caity McCardell, Alex and Jessie Shu, Judy Woo, Gwen Bachman, Cheryl Eastman, Antonia Starr, Darlene Slack, Pamela Finn, Lucinda Swendson, Peggee Davis, Jean Morton, Janey Schnapper, Carol Wilcock, Sandy Richardson, Kathy Forenza, Rosemary Cleaves, Kathey Harris (2), Mary DeJong, Fran Norris, Karen Kolba, Diann and Jim Spalding (2), Cliva Mee, Sue McCutcheon, Jean Graham, Joann and Stan Benson (2), Nancy Palmer, Shari McCarthy, Karlie Cool, Elaine Stewart, Cory Gonzalez, Lucia Cleveland, Ann Tompkins, Gloria Benedict, Carol Chenot, Gail Applegate, Wendy Castleman, Pismo Beach Rotary, Unitarian Universalist Church, John and Cynthia Cable, David Blakely, Lisa Chadwick, Stephanie Barclay, Cheryl Goodman, John Robert McCutcheon, Michelle Moock WHILE YOU’RE SHOPPING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON If you’re shopping on Amazon this holiday season, please consider using smile.amazon.com and sponsor us: San Luis Obispo County Womenade. Thank you HOW TO DONATE: 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 sslocw.org or paypal.me/sslocwomenade . As you consider your year-end donations, please remember that if your company has a matching grants program to please include us. Also if you donate through the United Way at work, you can allocate your donation to San Luis Obispo County Womenade Our EIN# is: 27-0809744 Our email is: sslocwomenade@gmail.com Our website is: sslocw.org Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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