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July 17th, 2021 Welcoming

July 17th, 2021 Welcoming

On Saturday, July 17th, Welcoming Home will again be at work, this time fully furnishing the apartments of four formerly homeless neighbors. Read about the individuals and families we'll be helping below.

Donation Drop Offs will be on Saturday, July 17th, between 9:30 and 11:00 at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael, off of Pt San Pedro Road. Covid protocols will be in place.

Meet Felipe, who lives in Home 1; he is disabled. He was married with a family and a well paying job as a baker when he was diagnosed with a disability. When that happened, his wife and family abandoned him, since he could no longer be the breadwinner, at least for a while. For a long time, Felipe lived on the streets. Finally, he was able to find a place in a Marin shelter. Most shelters have a time limit for residents, requiring them to find their own place after 6 to 12 months. Felipe’s shelter let him stay for 11 years because he offered to be the janitor in return for his housing. He was a great worker, highly respected by the shelter staff and residents. Finally, his case manager at Marin Housing Authority helped him to find the apartment in which he now lives. He has had numerous surgeries and is now feeling much better. Once he settles in the apartment, his intention is to work as a baker once again.

Diane lives in Home 2 along with her cute, twelve-year old dog, Oso. She, too, is disabled. Diane has been on disability for 22 years. During most of that time she has never had a room to herself, always sharing with others and even having to sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed, which was hard for her to access. She last shared a room with two pedophiles and a drug addict, an untenable situation, which she eventually fled. Thanks to Ritter House and Homeward Bound, she now has a studio apartment all to herself. “It’s so peaceful and quiet,” she told us, “You don’t know how happy I am.” She is so grateful for her new home even though the only furniture she has right now is a blow-up bed.

Geoffrey is a delightful man with a great sense of humor and upbeat personality in spite of a difficult past. Originally from Marin, he moved to the Southwest, serving in the Job Corps for a number of years. He returned to Marin for family reasons but was unable to find work and settle down. He moved from group homes to motels, in the last one he was robbed several times, so he left. Marin Housing Authority’s “Odyssey Program” helped him to find an apartment where he can make a fresh start. He is working on an A.A. degree and taking as many sound recording classes as he can. After his A.A. degree, he’ll go on to obtain a music production degree; his dream is to become a sound engineer. He is committed to the path he’s set for himself. “I’m going to do anything it takes to get there,” he told us. “And I know I’m going to make it.”

Janine is only in her late thirties but has been through enough tough times for a lifetime. She is on disability and has not had a stable place to live for a very long time, having moved thirty times during the last 20 years (she counted). Among the places she lived were a couple where she was the victim of domestic abuse. Janine has struggled with a number of issues that have led to more than 10 hospitalizations, including a recent bout of cancer which was successfully treated. She loves animals and now volunteers caring for dogs. She had a pet sitting business but lost it as a result of the pandemic. Her plan is to re-open the business; a number of past clients have already reached out to her to re-engage her. Janine told us she is "so excited" about finally having a small place of her own after having to share rooms for so long.

We were able to give each of the four individuals a "starter kit", including a new bed, new sheets and towels, temporary folding table and chairs, a couple of floor lamps (there is no overhead lighting in the apartments) and some basic kitchen items, all donated by previous donors, to keep them going until we are able to fully furnish and equip their homes on July 17th. 

Please see the list below and donate what you can to help these formerly homeless neighbors and to replenish the starter kits for the next set of families/individuals.

With much gratitude,

The Welcoming Home Team

Date: 07/17/2021 (Sat.)

Created by:   Marsha Roberts
 
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a cash donation for the purchase of new mattresses, box springs, bed frames and other items not donated (75)

Go to www.welcominghome.org and click on the "donate" button

 
19 of 75 slots filled
Mary Valente
$100.00
Jane Singer
Valerie Crawford
Joan Applebome
Laurie Gregg
Patricia Rudd
Roberta Etcheverry
Sandra Howard
Melanie Pena
Marcia Cho
Melissa Felder
$100
Joanne Dale
Laura Hislop
Cecilia Hartwig
Pamela Barzakov
Harriet Stewart
Cam Fraser
David Guggenhime
Susan Peters

bath accessory set - Home 3

soap dish, toothbrush holder, etc.

 
Mary Scull

bath accessory set - Home 4

neutral color

 
Mary Scull

bicycle - Home 3

 
Ben Bakhshi

blanket - starter kit - full size, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Carolee Mech (4)

blanket - starter kit - queen size, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Carolee Mech (4)

blanket - starter kit - twin size, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Hayley Nelson (4)

blender - Home 1

 
Julie Bryant

blender - Home 2

 
Vikki Cooper
Vikki Cooper - not juicer

blender - Home 4

 
Victoria Tuorto

bookcase - Home 2

no wider than 2' no taller than 3'

 
Mary Destri

bookcase - Home 3

max 34" high

 
Diana Hamil
need mover

bookcase - Home 4

max width 33"

 
Laurie Weatherford

bowls for serving - Home 1

 
Hannah Tai

bowls for serving - Home 2

 
Hannah Tai

bowls for serving - Home 3

 
Hannah Tai

bowls for serving - Home 4

 
Previous Donor - MR

Britta - Home 3

 
Ann Maier

broom and dustpan - Home 3

 
Darcy Ellsworth Yow

broom w/ dust pan - Home 1

 
Darcy Ellsworth Yow

broom with dust pan or swifter - Home 2

 
Darcy Ellsworth Yow

broom with dustpan - Home 4

or swifter

 
Louise Illes

cabinet - Home 3 - for kitchen

max 24" x 18"

 
Yoshko Matsumoto

can opener - starter kit (3)

 
All slots filled
Hannah Tai
Diane Matcheck (2)

chair - Home 1 - arm chair for living room

 
Jo Ann Smith

chair - Home 1 - small arm chair for bedroom

max 2'6" x 2'6"

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

chair - Home 2 - armchair

small size

 
Monique Skruzny

chair - Home 3 - armchair

 
Debbie Wertheimer

chair - Home 3 - desk chair

swivel

 
Diana Hamil
will come with mover

chair - Home 4

for desk

 
Janet Calmels

chair - Home 4 - recliner or lounge chair with ottoman

max 36" x 42"

 
Mary James

chair - Home 4 - small outdoor lounge or Adirondack style chair

 
Make it Home

chairs (2) - Home 1 - 2 dining chairs

 
Janet Calmels

chairs (2) - Home 4 - set of 2 bar stools

max seat height 28"-33"

 
Monique Skruzny
I have a set of 3 if needed - 2 brand new in box

chairs (4) - Home 2 - dining chairs

no arm rests - light wood, if possible

 
Janet Calmels

chairs - Home 3

4 dining chairs without arms

 
Mary James
4 armless dining chairs

coffee maker - Home 1

 
Jackie Brand

coffee maker - Home 2

 
Janet Pollack

coffee maker - Home 4

 
Victoria Tuorto

comforter - Home 1 - full size, new

black or dark blue color

 
Janet Pollack

comforter - Home 3 - new, queen size

blue and/or green - not floral

 
Mary Valente

comforter - Home 4 - new, queen size

not floral - black/white, or blue/white

 
Patricia Morin

console - Home 1 - for TV

 
Previous Donor - AM

console - Home 2

for TV - no larger than 42"

 
Previous Donor - AM

console - Home 3

max 18" wide x 5' long

 
Debbie Wertheimer

console - Home 4

TV console - max 4' wide

 
Angela Nicholson

credenza - Home 2

no drawers or cabinets - just surface - max 42"

 
Jodi Janzen

cutting board set - Home 1 - plastic, new

 
Johanna VanderMolen

cutting board set - Home 2

 
Mary Scull

cutting board set - Home 3

 
Mary Scull

cutting board set - Home 4

 
Louise Illes

desk - Home 3

large: max 30" wide, 5' long

 
Diana Hamil
need mover

desk - Home 4

no wider than 3'

 
Meggin Lasater

dish drying rack - Home 2

 
Louise Illes

dish rack - Home 4

 
Previous Donor - MR

dishes - starter kit - set for 6 (dinner plate, bowl and small plate) (2)

 
All slots filled
Jeanie Kung
6 bowls only
Hannah Tai

dishes - starter kit - set for 8 (dinner plate, bowl and small plate) (2)

 
All slots filled
Katherine Austen
Jackie Brand

drawers - plastic - Home 2

two matching sets: max width 12", max depth 22", max height 33"

 
Vikki Cooper

dresser - Home 2

max 30" wide, 24" deep 36" high

 
Diana Hamil
acquired; to be picked up on 07/17

dresser - Home 3

max 18"deep

 
Brandon Mark

dresser - Home 4

max width 4'

 
Ann Clarke

fan - Home 2

tall, oscillating

 
Vikki Cooper
tower fan, white

fan - Home 4

tall oscillating fan

 
Previous Donor - MR

garbage can - Home 1 - for kitchen

sturdy with pop-up lid

 
Ralph Purdy

garbage can - Home 2

for under sink - not mountable - max 20" high, 13" wide

 
victoria diotte

garbage can - Home 3 - for kitchen

sturdy with pop-up lid

 
Gaby Federal

garbage can - Home 4 - for kitchen

with self-lifting cover - no wider than 12"

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

glasses - Home 1 - set of 6 short glasses

 
Mary Scull

glasses - Home 2 - set of 6 short glasses

 
Mary Scull

glasses - Home 3 - set of 6 short glasses

 
Mary Scull

glasses - Home 4 - set of 6 short glasses

 
Mary Scull

glasses - starter kit - set of 4 tall glasses (3)

 
All slots filled
Ann Jessup (2)
Kathleen Murphy

glasses - starter kit - set of 6 tall glasses (3)

 
All slots filled
Gaby Federal (2)
Patti Doherty

glasses - starter kit - set of 8 tall glasses (3)

 
All slots filled
jaclyn blumberg
Patti Doherty
victoria diotte

hangers - Home 3

 
Patricia Morin

hangers - Home 4

50 hangers

 
Patricia Morin

ice trays (2) - Home 4 - set of 2 ice trays

 
Ann Jessup

iron - Home 1

 
Mary Scull

iron - Home 3

 
Mary Scull

ironing board - Home 1 - with new cover

 
Patricia Morin

ironing board - Home 3

with new cover

 
Diana Hamil
will come with mover

kettle - Home 4

plug in tea kettle

 
Janet Calmels

lamp - Home 1 - floor lamp for living room

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

lamp - Home 1 - small lamp for nightstand

 
Previous Donor - AM

lamp - Home 1 - small table lamp for bedroom

 
Previous Donor - AM

lamp - Home 1 - table lamp for living room

 
Previous Donor - MR

lamp - Home 2

small, for nightstand

 
Vikki Cooper
Diana Hamil gave it away already

lamp - Home 2 - floor lamp (2)

 
All slots filled
Mary Scull
Janet Calmels

lamp - Home 3

desk lamp

 
Previous Donor - AM
at Marsha's

lamp - Home 3 (2)

floor lamp

 
All slots filled
Previous Donor - AM
at Marsha's
Previous Donor - MR

lamp - Home 3

for nightstand

 
Previous Donor - AM

lamp - Home 4

desk lamp

 
Previous Donor - MR

lamp - Home 4

table lamp for dresser

 
Previous Donor - MR

lamp - Home 4

small for nightstand

 
Bonnie Edwards

lamp - Home 4

floor lamp for living room

 
Patti Doherty

lamp - Home 4

for side table

 
Bonnie Edwards

lamp - SR - floor lamp (3)

 
All slots filled
Katie Skoog (2)
Patty Simmons

laundry basket - Home 3

 
Mary Scull

laundry hamper - Home 1 - with handles

max 21" wide x 18" deep

 
Previous Donor - MR

mat - Home 3 - for kitchen

dark color, not floral

 
Ann Maier

mattress pad - starter kit - full size, new (3)

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte (3)

mattress pad - starter kit - queen size, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Dianne Maxon
Bonnie Edwards
Hayley Nelson (2)

mattress pad - starter kit - twin size, new (3)

 
All slots filled
Kathleen Murphy Murphy (2)
2 new twin mattress pads in conference room at St Luke
Kim Vu
New , got for my son when you went away for college but end up not use it

measuring cups - Home 1

 
Mary Scull

measuring cups - Home 2

 
Mary Scull

measuring cups - Home 4

 
Mary Scull

microwave - Home 2

 
Diana Hamil
for pickup

microwave - Home 3

 
Gaby Federal

mop - Home 2

 
victoria diotte

mugs - starter kit - set of 4

 
Gaby Federal

mugs - starter kit - set of 6 (3)

 
All slots filled
Diane Matcheck
victoria diotte
Dianne Maxon

mugs - starter kit - set of 8 (3)

 
All slots filled
Sharon Dowson
Gaby Federal
Cheryl Flick
Cheryl F.

nightstand - Home 1

max 2' x 2'

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

nightstand - Home 1

max 12" or 15"

 
Debbie Wertheimer

nightstand - Home 3

 
Claire Bindeman

nightstands - Home 4

2 matching nightstands

 
Ann Clarke

nutribullet - Home 3 - (or similar product)

 
Ann Maier

ottoman - Home 3

neutral color — accompanying sofa is brown

 
Lillian Kane-Dacri

outdoor table/2 chairs - Home 4

 
Kim Vu
Have a table , no chairs as some one already took chairs

oven mitts - starter kit - set of 2 (4)

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte (4)

pan - Home 1

large size frying pan

 
Jaime Thomas

pan - Home 2

large size frying pan

 
Melissa Felder
med

pan - Home 3 -

large size frying pan

 
Ann Maier

pan - Home 4

large size frying pan

 
Sharon Dowson

pans - Home 4

for baking/roasting - at least 2 pans

 
Patti Doherty

pans - starter kit - for frying, different sizes, set of at least 2 (4)

 
All slots filled
Catherine Rucker
Johanna VanderMolen
Kele C Gasparini Gasparini
Gaby Federal

pans for baking and roasting - Home 1

set of at least 2

 
Patti Doherty

pans for baking and roasting - Home 2

 
Victoria Tuorto
2 pans.

pans for baking and roasting - Home 4

 
Previous Donor - MR

paper towel holder - Home 1

 
Mary Scull

paper towel holder - Home 2

 
Mary Scull

paper towel holder - Home 3

 
Mary Scull

paper towel holder - Home 4

 
Bonnie Edwards

patio set - Home 1

 
Katie McGee

patio set - Home 3

sofa, chair & coffee table, or coffee table and chairs contact [email protected] to discuss

 
Ben Bakhshi

patio set - Home 4

 
Previous Donor - AB

peeler - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
Ann Jessup (4)

pillow - Home 4 - bed rest pillow

 
Marsha Roberts

pillows (2) - Home 1 - standard size, new

 
victoria diotte

pillows (2) - Home 2 - 2 standard size pillows, new

 
Mary Scull

pillows (2) - Home 3 - 2 standard size pillows, new

 
Mary Scull

pillows (2) - Home 4 - 2 standard size pillows, new

 
Mary Scull

pillows (4) - starter kit - 4 standard size pillows, new (3)

 
All slots filled
Gaby Federal (3)

pillows - Home 1

2 standard size

 
Hannah Tai

pillows - Home 2

2 standard size

 
Jeanie Kung

pillows - Home 3

2 standard size

 
Ann Jessup

placemats (2) - Home 1 - plastic, new

set of 2 placemats - neutral/dark color

 
Mary Scull

placemats - Home 2

4 plastic placemats - pastel color(s)

 
Mary Scull

placemats - Home 3

4 or 6 plastic - dark color(s)

 
Mary Beth Culler

placemats - Home 4

plastic - at least 4 - not flowery

 
Johanna VanderMolen

plant (real) - Home 4 (2)

standing plants for outdoor patio

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Rebecca Rossner

plant - Home 4

standing plant (real) - Home 4

 
laurie weatherford

plants (small/real) - Home 2 (5)

in pots that don't soak through bottom

 
All slots filled
Vikki Cooper (5)

plastic food container set - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
Mary Destri
Melissa Felder
3 sizes
Bonnie Edwards
Alex Ewers

pot - Home 2

large pot

 
Dian Jones

pot - Home 4

large size pot

 
Johanna VanderMolen

pot -Home 3

large pot

 
Ann Maier

pots - starter kit - for cooking, different sizes, set of at least 3 (4)

 
All slots filled
Kim Vu (4)
New , never used

rug - bathmat - Home 3

for outside tub - blue or green

 

rug - Home 1 - bathmat, new

grey or dark blue color

 
Diane Matcheck
medium/light gray

rug - Home 2

kitchen mat for sink area - non-slip

 
Mary Scull

rug - Home 2

5' x 7' neutral or pastel

 
Diane Matcheck
Ivory, light tan, light gray-blue, dark teal-blue

rug - Home 2 - bathmat, new

turquoise/aqua

 
Diane Matcheck

rug - Home 3

8' x 10' - oriental style would be awesome

 
Sheri DeShano

rug - Home 3 - bathmat

for sink area - blue or green

 
Ann Maier

rug - Home 4

small bathmat - neutral color

 
Previous Donor - MR

rug - Home 4

5' x 7' - neutral

 
Diane Matcheck
Ivory & tan, with multicolor accents (light blue, red, dark orange, etc.) + rug pad

rug - Home 4 (2)

indoor door mat

 
All slots filled
Mary Destri
Alex Ewers

rug - interior door mat - Home 2

 
Mary Destri

rug - runner - home 2

3' x 6' - neutral

 
Carol Knorpp

salad spinner - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte (2)
Melissa Felder
Kele C Gasparini Gasparini

sheets - starter kit - set of full size sheets with 2 pillow cases, new (3)

 
All slots filled
jaclyn blumberg
Gaby Federal
Gaby Federal

sheets - starter kit - set of queens sheets with 2 pillow cases, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Dian Jones
Gaby Federal
Gaby Federal (2)

sheets - starter kit - set of twin sheets with 2 pillow cases, new (4)

 
All slots filled
Jaime Thomas
Kathleen Murphy (3)
3 twin sheets seats will be at st luke

short wave radio - Home 3

 
Carol Knorpp

shower curtain - Home 2

new - turquoise/aqua - liner not needed

 
Diane Matcheck

shower curtain w/ liner - Home 1 - for bathroom, new

cloth - grey or dark blue color

 
Janet Calmels
with hooks & liner

shower curtain w/liner - Home 3

cloth curtain - blue/green - not floral

 
Janet Calmels
with hooks & liner

silverware set with organizer tray - starter kit - set for 4 (2)

 
All slots filled
Dian Jones
Mary James

silverware set with organizer tray - starter kit - set for 6 (3)

 
All slots filled
Alison Von Lackum
Mary Destri
Carol Knorpp

silverware set with organizer tray - starter kit - set for 8 (2)

 
All slots filled
Alison Von Lackum
Mary Destri

sofa - Home 1

max 6'

 
Jean McKechnie

sofa - Home 3

sectional - max 7' x 8.5' (84" x 102") not leather

 
Lisa Watts
will need a mover pick up

sofa - Home 4

no wider than 6' - neutral color

 
Jody Benson
Needs to be picked up

storage - Home 1 - bookcase or storage for bedroom closet

max 3' x 1' or 1'6"

 

storage - Home 1- bookcase or storage cabinet for kitchen closet

max 6' tall x 2' wide x 2' deep

 
Dave Bogan

table - coffee table - Home 2

lightweight, needs to be moved often

 
Ann Clarke

table - dining table - home 2

max 38", round w/4 chairs

 
Vikki Cooper
glass top, Pier One X pedestal; no chairs with; 4 to be added by another

table - Home 1 - coffee table for living room

max 2' x 4'

 
Brandon Mark

table - Home 1 - dining table

max 3'

 
Vivian Franjieh

table - Home 1 - small side table for living room

 
Brandon Mark

table - Home 3 - coffee table

max 3' long/round

 
Ann Maier

table - Home 3 - dining table

36" round or square

 
Stan Hook

table - Home 4

coffee table - max width 36"

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

table - Home 4 - dining table and 2 chairs

round or square with drop down leaf, max length 3'-0"

 
Tony Gemma

table - home 4 - side table

for living room

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

toaster - Home 1

 
Mary Scull

toaster - Home 2

 
Mary Scull

toaster - Home 3

for 4 slices

 
Mary Valente

toothbrush holder set - Home 2

 
Ann Jessup

towels (2) - starter kit - set of 2 dish towels (3)

 
All slots filled
Ann Jessup (2)
Dian Jones

towels - Home 1 - set of guest hand towels for bathroom, new

dark blue or grey color

 
Ann Jessup

towels - Home 2 - set of guest hand towels for bathroom, new

pastel color

 
Ann Jessup

towels - Home 4

2 guest hand towels

 
Ann Jessup

towels - starter kit - set of bath towels, new (1 bath, 1 hand and 1 washcloth) (6)

 
All slots filled
Mary Scull (6)

trash basket - Home 1 - for bathroom, small

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

trash basket - Home 2

small

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

trash basket - Home 3

for desk

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

trash basket - Home 3

small for bathroom

 
Previous Donor - MR

trash basket - Home 4

for bathroom

 
Jaqueline Shapiro

TV - Home 1

not wall mounted

 
Lorrie Goldin

TV - Home 2

36" size max

 
Heather Groninger
32 inch Samsung

TV - Home 3 - not wall mounted

must have remote taped to it

 
Angela Green

TV - Home 4 - not wall mounted

must have remote taped to it

 
Kris Wiley

TV - SR - Home 1

 
Jane Richman

utensil holder - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
Dian Jones
Laurie Weatherford
Mary Destri
Melissa Felder
white or tan?

utensil set - starter kit (3)

 
All slots filled
Gaby Federal (3)

vacuum - Home 1

 
Previous Donor - MR

vacuum - Home 2

small one

 
Alex Ewers

vacuum - Home 3

 
Barbara Schwartz

welcome basket - Home 1

with fruits, candy, etc.

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 2

fruits and/or candy and or cheese/crackers, etc.

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 3

fruits and/or candy and/or cheese crackers, etc.

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 4

fruits, candy, cheese/crackers, etc.

 
victoria diotte

welcome mat - Home 1

should say "Welcome"

 
Catherine Rucker

welcome mat - Home 2

should say "Welcome"

 
Catherine Rucker

welcome mat - Home 3

should say "welcome"

 
Mary Valente

welcome mat - Home 4

should say "Welcome"

 
Julie Bryant
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