October 6, 2018 GG
On Saturday, October 6, Grateful Gatherings Marin will help two families furnish their now virtually empty homes. We hope you are able to help once again with your kind donations. Besides donating the items listed on the sign-up sheet, we welcome cash donations to help us purchase new mattresses and/or other items not donated.
For cash donations, go to the Grateful Gatherings website https://gratefulgatherings.org/donate/ Please indicate "Marin Chapter" in the drop down menu. If you do make a cash donation, please also sign up on this sign up list indicating you are making a cash donation (listing the amount is optional.
Here are the two families we'll be helping ... both were referred to us by North Marin Community Services.
Family 1 is Mom, Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik (18), who is meeting the challenges of a serious medical problem, and her two delightful little daughters Dani (1) and Maya (2). Alicia and her children are new to California. Born and raised in Louisiana, Alicia’s been juggling motherhood and working while getting her AA degree over the last few years. Her husband had increasingly severe emotional issues, which made it unsafe for the family. Alicia tried to keep the family intact, but it became too dangerous for her and the children, so she headed across country to be near her mother. For the first few weeks in the Bay Area, Alicia and her children were living in a motel in Southern Marin until North Marin Community Services found them a safe apartment. Alicia’s long-term goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in Surveying. But without the father’s help she needs to get a job ... and also establish California residency before she can afford to continue studies toward her degree. Finding work has been difficult, since she has no car.
Family 2 is Mom Regina and her three children: son Rennan (16)—a soccer enthusiast, artsy/creative daughter Marina (11) and their handsome baby brother Samuel (4 mo). Regina recently returned to Marin County from out of state, fleeing an abusive husband. Trying to juggle the care of her children while getting into the workforce, Regina now has a part-time job as an Administrative Assistant, driving all the way to the South Bay. On weekends she cleans houses. She’s deeply grateful to North Marin Community Services for finding her an affordable, two-bedroom apartment because her main priority is to be near good schools “...so my children won’t have to clean houses.” With your help, we hope to provide this lovely family with a nicely furnished home to help them get back on their feet.
8:30am - 10:30am PDT
St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr, San Rafael. 101 Central San Rafael exit. If going north on 101, turn right on 2nd St. If going south on 101, then left on 2nd St., becomes Pt. San Pedro, go 2 miles, left on Bayview Dr. 415-609-3216
|| Marsha Roberts