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September 18th, 2021 Welcoming

September 18th, 2021 Welcoming

We're doing it again! On Saturday, September 18th, Welcoming Home will be fully furnishing the apartments of four formerly homeless neighbors. Read about the individual/families we'll be helping below, then check the sign up list for items they need and sign up to donate.

Donation Drop Offs will be on Saturday, September 18th, between 9:30 and 11:00 at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael, off of Pt San Pedro Road. Covid protocols nwill be in place.

Community Action Marin referred John and Gina to us. They live in Home 1. Both had difficult childhoods; John was orphaned at 9 years old and Gina was, and is, disabled. They met and married in 2011; Gina was a stay-at-home mom for much of their married life. For the last five years, though, they have been homeless due to serious health issues, which left them both unable to work. Gina is especially proud that her 6’5” husband is interested in recycling and supplements their income with this activity. John, a former rodeo cowboy and football player, also loves tinkering with his bike. The couple are avid community activists who work hard to encourage their former community of homeless individuals to move forward in finding a home of their own, too. The couple is so excited to finally be living in a real home together and can’t wait to see their new furnishings.

Carolina and her three children (sons, age 10 and 8 months; and daughter, age 2) live in Home 2. For nine years, she and her whole family, including her husband at the time, lived in one room of an apartment in the Canal area of San Rafael, sharing a bathroom and kitchen with other families. The marital relationship turned into domestic violence and Carolina separated from her husband. With no credit rating of her own, she was not able to find housing. What's more, with being pregnant and eventually giving birth, her ability to work cleaning homes and earn an income was drastically reduced. North Marin Community Services stepped in to help her. She was able to find an apartment for the family, with her husband contributing partially to the rent. Now, with an eight-month-old and two-year-old at home, it is still difficult for her to resume her housecleaning jobs. Even so. she is managing to work three days a week and is intent on building up to five or more as soon as she can. She told us that she is thrilled for the family to finally have a space of their own where the children can play and do school projects.

Home 3 is Lilibeth's. She was referred to us by Marin Housing Authority's Odyssey Program. Born in the Philippines, Lilibeth came to the United States as a bride of an American. They had three daughters together before they finally divorced. Lilibeth came to live with her mother in San Francisco over ten years ago. She worked as a cashier at several convenience stores and took classes at City College. When she got her own place, she always paid her rent, but some serious health issues overcame her, and in 2018 she was evicted from her last apartment. At 55, she was homeless and living on the streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin until she got her current apartment in Marin this summer. She says the hardest part of living on the street was waking up under her cardboard boxes every morning to find her few belongings missing. She says she is taking medications now that help her and is glad to have a case worker checking in with her. She is so grateful to have a roof, instead of cardboard, over her head and is looking forward to getting to know this side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The fourth apartment is home to Katherine and her three children. A few years ago, the four of them had exactly two minutes to leave their home due to an explosive domestic violence situation. They each grabbed what they could stuff into a single bag and left. They couch surfed, lived in their car, and stayed in small motels until they were able to get temporary housing through Homeward Bound, who referred them to us. Katherine and her two boys, aged 13 and 9, now have a lovely place to call home and give them a sense of security. Her daughter is now in college. Katherine used to work in Holistic / Integrative Medicine, specializing in patient care for both adults and children. She had to leave her job so that she could stay home to support the boys’ education during the pandemic. During this time, though, she is continuing her education in kinesiology and sports nutrition; her goal is to assist athletes with their performance and recovery. 

These families will be so grateful for your generous support, which will help them get a fresh start.

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. The Starter Kits consist of new beds, sheets, towels, folding table and chairs, a floor lamp or two and kitchen items to keep the individuals/families going until we can finish the full furnishing.

With much gratitude,

The Welcoming Home Team

Date: 09/18/2021 (Sat.)

Created by:   Marsha Roberts
 
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Available Slot

a cash donation for the purchase of new mattresses, box springs, bed frames and other items not donated (50)

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

 
14 of 50 slots filled
Marcia Cho
Carrie Marshall
Richard Palmer
Joanne Spotswood
Ann Jessup
Maysie Tift
Mary Scull
Kathleen Murphy
Tina High
Ellen Mckenna
Maureen Hochler
Jane Kern
Kay Rousseau
Martha Delgado

armoire - Home 2 - for living room

max 54" wide x 24" deep

 
Barbara Reiter
white cubby

bath accessory set - Home 4 - soap dish, toothbrush holder, etc.

ocean theme

 
Aileen McGoldrick

bath accessory set - Home 4 - soap dish, toothbrush holder, etc.

 
Aileen McGoldrick

bean bag - Home 2

small, for a 10 year old

 
Ann Maier

bench - Home 3 - used as coffee table

max 12"d x 40"w

 
Barbara Reiter

bicycle - Home 4 - for boys age 10 and 13 (2)

 
All slots filled
Roberta Etcheverry
Roberta Etcheverry

blender - Home 1

 
Barbara Reiter

blender - Home 4

 
Roberta Etcheverry

bookcase - Home 4 - for living room

max 3'6" x 4'

 
Mary Destri
2 stacking bookcases, each 2' x 2'

bowls for serving - Home 1

set of at least 3

 
Kyle Redford

bowls for serving - Home 2

set of at least 3

 
Kyle Redford

bowls for serving - Home 4

set of at least 3

 
Kyle Redford

broom with brush - Home 3

 
Patti Doherty

broom with dust pan - Home 1

 
victoria diotte

broom with dust pan - Home 4

 
victoria diotte

bulletin board - Home 4 - for 13 year old boy's room

 
Aileen McGoldrick

butcher block - Home 2 - with storage

max 18" deep, 42" wide

 
Ann Maier

can opener - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte
Patti Doherty
Adriana Perry
Mary Scull

chair - Home 1 - armchair for bedroom

max 3' x 3'

 
Barbara Reiter

chair - Home 1 - armchair for living room

max 3' x 3'

 
Make it Home

chair - Home 2 - comfy chair for living room, not too large

 
Joanne Dale
Black leather swivel chair

chair - Home 2 - desk chair

with wheels

 
Barbara Reiter
stool that matches desk

chair - Home 3 - outdoor chair for patio

 
Previous Donor (MR)

chair - Home 3 - upholstered chair for living room

 
Barbara Reiter

chair - Home 4 - armchair with ottoman

neutral or blue color

 
Glenda Swanson

chair - Home 4 - desk chair for 10 year old boy's room

adult size

 
Joanne Dale
Wood chair

chair - Home 4 - desk chair for 13 year old boy's room

adult size

 
Joanne Dale
Wood chair

chair - Home 4 - desk chair for living room

 
Barbara Reiter
grey and yellow cloth chair

chair - Home 4 - loveseat for living room

 
Marilyn Bagshaw

chairs (2) - Home 2 - set of two outdoor chairs for upstairs patio

 
Make it Home

chairs (2-3) - Home 1 - set of two or three outdoor chairs for patio

max 2' x 2'

 
Debbie Wertheimer
3 white metal patio chairs

chairs (4) - Home 1 - set of four dining chairs

 
Janet Calmels
orange

chairs (4) - Home 3- set of four dining chairs

 
Barbara Reiter
Donor is: Barbara Reiter, [email protected], (650) 799-7324

chairs (4) - Home 4 - set of four outdoor chairs for patio

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

chairs (6) - Home 4 - set off six dining chairs

 
Barbara Reiter
Allison Bainbridge’s phone number listed

chest or bench - Home 4 - for mom's room

max 2' x 5'

 
Previous Donor (MR)
from VI

coffee maker - Home 3

 
Roberta Etcheverry

coffee maker - Home 4

 
Jaime Thomas

comforter - Home 1 - Ca King size, new

neutral color, grey or beige

 
Previous Donor - MR
grey

comforter - Home 2 - new, queen size

likes pink, ok to have accents of teal and/or gray

 
Ann Maier

comforter - Home 2 - new, twin size

Fortnite themed

 
Roberta Etcheverry

comforter - Home 2 - new, twin size

Unicorn themed

 
Roberta Etcheverry

comforter - Home 4 - full size, new

navy blue color

 
Roberta Etcheverry

comforter - Home 4 - full size, new

nature, ocean, green

 
Roberta Etcheverry

comforter - Home 4 - queen size, new

soft pastel colors, peach

 
Previous Donor (MR)
from VI

console - Home 1 - for living room

max 66" wide, min 46" wide

 
Hannah Tai

console - Home 2

max 54"-60" wide, 18"-24" deep

 
Barbara Reiter
bench

console - Home 4 - for living room

 
Joanne Dale

console - Home 4 - for TV

any size

 

crib - Home 2

 
Ha Mansukhani
Ann has in her garage and will bring

crib bedding set - Home 2 - new

colorful and fun for a boy

 
Mary Contreras

crockpot - Home 4

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

cutting board - Home 1 - plastic, new

 
Kyle Redford

cutting board - Home 2 - new

 
Jaime Thomas

cutting board - Home 3 - plastic, new

 
Kyle Redford

cutting board - Home 4 - plastic, new

 
Kyle Redford

desk - Home 2 - child sized

max 24" deep, 48" wide

 
Barbara Reiter
desk with shelves above

desk - Home 3 - for living room

max 20"d x 48"w

 
Janet Calmels
33x20 tempered glass top

desk - Home 4 - desk for 10 year old boy's room

max 2' x 4', adult size

 
Janet Calmels
dark wood

desk - Home 4 - for living room

 
Emily Behr
computer desk with holes for cords and keyboard tray. 59 inches wide and 30 inches deep

dish rack with drain pan - Home 1

 
Johanna VanderMolen

dish rack with drain pan - Home 4

 
Jennie Winton Hinman

dishes - starter kit - set for 4 (dinner plate, bowl and small plate)

 
Jennie Winton Hinman

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

 
Jennie Winton Hinman

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

 
Jennie Winton Hinman

dresser - Home 1

max 5' wide, for two people

 
Janet Calmels

dresser - Home 3 - for bedroom, four drawers

max 48" wide

 
Nancy Byres

dresser - Home 4 - for 10 year old boy's room

max 2' x 4'

 
Barbara Reiter
30 length x15 depth x 30 1/2Height

dresser - Home 4 - for 13 year old boy's room

max 2' x 3'

 
Barbara Reiter
30 length x 15 depth x 30 1/2 height

dresser - Home 4 - for mom's room

up to 6' long x 1'6" deep

 
Make It Home

fan - Home 1 (2)

 
All slots filled
Darcy Ellsworth Yow
Johanna VanderMolen

fireplace tools - Home 4

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

garbage can - Home 1 - for kitchen, with removable cover

 
Mary Scull

garbage can - Home 4 - for underneath sink

 
victoria diotte

gardening tool set - Home 4

 
Johanna VanderMolen

glasses - starter kit - set of 8 tall glasses

 
Patty Simmons

hangers - Home 4 - adult size (3)

 
All slots filled
Previous Donor (MR) (2)
Patty Simmons

iron and ironing board - Home 1 - with new cover

 
Roberta Etcheverry

knives and block - Home 1 - chefs, paring, and bread knives

 
Dian Jones

knives and block - Home 2 - chef's, paring and bread knives

 
Dian Jones

knives and block - Home 3 - chefs, paring, and bread knives

 
Dian Jones

knives and block - Home 4 - chefs, paring, and bread knives

 
Mary Destri

lamp - Home 1 - floor lamp for living room

 
Previous Donor (MR)

lamp - Home 1 - table lamp for dresser

 
Previous Donor (MR)

lamp - Home 1 - table lamp for living room

 
Previous Donor (MR)

lamp - Home 2 - desk lamp

 
Ann Maier

lamp - Home 2 - small lamp for nightstand

 
Ann Maier

lamp - Home 2 - table lamp for living room (2)

 
All slots filled
Ann Maier
Ann Maier

lamp - Home 3 - desk lamp

 
Roberta Etcheverry

lamp - Home 3 - floor lamp for living room

 
Joanne Dale
Brass lamp with cream colored shade, traditional

lamp - Home 4 - desk lamp for 10 year old boy's room

 
Roberta Etcheverry

lamp - Home 4 - desk lamp for 13 year old boy's room

 
Mary Destri

lamp - Home 4 - floor lamp for living room (2)

 
All slots filled
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor
Previous Donor (MR)

lamp - Home 4 - table lamp for 10 year old boy's room

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

lamp - Home 4 - table lamp for 13 year old boy's room

 
Previous Donor (MR)

lamps (2) - Home 1 - set of two small lamps for nightstands

 
Elaine DiPalma
Two Small black lamps

lamps (2) - Home 2 - 2 clip on lamps for bunkbed

battery operated

 
Mary Scull

lamps (2) - Home 3 - set of two small lamps for nightstands

 
Joanne Dale
Crystal base, fabric shade taupe

lamps (2) - Home 4 - set of two small lamps for nightstands

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

laundry basket - Home 1

 
Mary James

mattress for crib (new) - Home 2

standard size, 27" W and 52" L

 
Marsha Roberts

mattress pad for crib (new) - Home 2

waterproof

 
Marsha Roberts

measuring cup set - Home 1

 
Patty Simmons

measuring cup set - Home 2

 
Patty Simmons

measuring cup set - Home 3

 
Patty Simmons

measuring cup set - Home 4

 
Patty Simmons

music - Home 2

nice radio or system to add music to the home

 
Kathleen Murphy

napkin holder - Home 2 -for dining table

please include a supply of napkins that fit

 
victoria diotte

nightstand - Home 2

max 15" square

 
Ann Maier

nightstands - Home 3 - nightstand for bedroom (2)

 
All slots filled
Previous Donor (MR)
Johanna Vandermolan

nightstands (2) - Home 1 - set of two nightstands

max 2' x 2'

 
Make It Home

nightstands (2) - Home 4 - set of two nightstands for mom's room

any size

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

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

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte (2)

pan - Home 1 - large size frying pan

 
Jaime Thomas

pan - Home 3 - large size frying pan

 
Diana Hamil
Donor is: Diana Hamilm [email protected], 415-847-2526

pan - Home 4 - large size frying pan

 
Jennie Winton Hinman

pans - starter kit - for frying (3)

different sizes, set of at least 2

 
All slots filled
Jennie Winton Hinman
Kele C Gasparini Gasparini
Mary Scull

pans for baking and roasting - Home 1

set of at least 2

 
victoria diotte

pans for baking and roasting - Home 3

set of at least 2

 
victoria diotte

pans for baking and roasting - Home 4

set of at least 2

 
victoria diotte

paper towel holder - Home 1

 
Mary Destri

paper towel holder - Home 3

 
Previous Donor (MR)

paper towel holder - Home 4

 
Mary Destri

patio set - Home 2 - small table and 2-4 chairs

table should be max 36"

 
Barbara Reiter
metal table; Ann has two patio chairs

peeler - starter kit

 
victoria diotte

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

 
Hannah Tai

placemats (4) - Home 3 - plastic, new

set of 4 placemats

 
Aileen McGoldrick

placemats (6) - Home 2 - plastic, new

set of 6 placemats, teal or orange

 
victoria diotte

placemats and napkins (4) - Home 1 - plastic, new, with matching napkins

set of 4 placemats and 4 napkins

 
Aileen McGoldrick

placemats and napkins (6) - Home 4 - fabric, new, with matching napkins

set of 6 placemats and 6 napkins, blue/teal color

 
Aileen McGoldrick

plant stand - Home 3

 
Peigin Barrett
Donor is: Peigin Barre, [email protected],415-721-7927

plants - Home 4 - for inside (2)

 
All slots filled
Patti Doherty
Aileen McGoldrick

plants - Home 4 - for outside (3)

 
All slots filled
Aileen McGoldrick (2)
Debbie Wertheimer
Outdoor pot of succulents

plastic food container set - starter kit (4)

 
All slots filled
Patty Simmons
Kele C Gasparini Gasparini
Heidi Mayer (2)
I don;t have vehicle and am sheltering. can someone come buy and pick up ? I'm in Ignacio,,, off alameda del prado-Novato

plates - Home 2 - plastic, for kids

 
Mary Destri

pot - Home 1 - large size pot for cooking

 
Kyle Redford

pot - Home 2 - large size pot for cooking

 
Susan Walker
6 Qt. Cooking/Pasta Pot with Strainer and Steamer

pot - Home 3 - large size pot for cooking

 
Mary Scull

pot - Home 4 - large size pot for cooking

 
Mary Scull

pots - starter kit - for cooking (3)

different sizes, set of at least 3

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Fran Halperin
Susan Bloch

rug - Home 1 - bathroom mat, new

bright color

 
victoria diotte

rug - Home 2 - bathroom mat, new

dark blue

 
Ann Maier

rug - Home 2 - for bedroom

5' round or square; cheerful color

 
Previous Donor - MR
pink rug

rug - Home 2 - for kitchen

durable; 3' x 6', preferably striped

 
Ann Maier

rug - Home 2 - for living room

9' x 12'; to go with dark gray sofa

 
Joanne Dale

rug - Home 2 - hall runner

10' x 30" wide; non-slip would be great

 
Ann Maier

rug - Home 4 - bathroom mat, new

green or sea foam color

 
Aileen McGoldrick

rug - Home 4 - bathroom mat, new

teal, blue, turquoise color

 
Aileen McGoldrick

rug - Home 4 - bathroom mat, new

 
Andrea McArtor

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

 
All slots filled
Hannah Tai
Mary Contreras

shower curtain - Home 2 - with liner and hooks

aqua/blue stripes

 
victoria diotte

shower curtain - Home 3 - no liner

coral, orange, bright color

 
victoria diotte

silverware set- starter kit - set for 8 (2)

 
All slots filled
Roberta Etcheverry
Jane Ritchie

soap dispenser - Home 4 - for bathroom

 
Darcy Ellsworth Yow

sofa - Home 1

max 6' x 6-6"

 
Johanna Vandermolen

sofa - Home 2

goes with orange rug and black chair - max 80" long

 
Jessica Ippoliti
will need a pick up by the movers

sofa - Home 3 - with ottoman

max 72" wide, preferably blue or dark brown

 
Vinay Patel

sofa - Home 4 - neutral leather or microsuede, sectional preferred

max 7' x 7'

 
Rose Frenz

storage dressers - Home 2 - for inside closet (2)

24" wide, 18" deep; can be plastic

 
All slots filled
Ann Maier
Ann Maier

table - Home 1 - coffee table for living room

max 24" x 36"

 
Laurie Weatherford
Leslie will bring on the 18th

table - Home 1 - dining table, round or square

max 48" or 3' x 5'

 
Ellen Blonder

table - Home 1 - side table for living room

max 2' x 3'

 
Joanne Dale

table - Home 1 - small outdoor side table for patio

max 18"

 
Make it Home

table - Home 2 - coffee table

max 3'

 
Barbara Reiter
Pottery Barn with drawers

table - Home 2 - side table for living room

max 2' x 2'

 
Ann Maier

table - Home 2 - side table for living room

max 18" x 18"

 
Ann Maier

table - Home 3 - round dining table

max 36"

 
Haleema Hassan

table - Home 3 - small outdoor table for patio

 
Barbara Reiter

table - Home 4 - coffee table for living room

max 3', round or square

 
Allison Bainbridge
Make It Home

table - Home 4 - dining table

any size

 
Barbara Reiter
Allison Bainbridge’s phone listed

table - Home 4 - outdoor table for patio

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

table - Home 4 - small outdoor side table for upstairs patio

 
Patti Doherty

toaster - Home 1

 
Roberta Etcheverry

toaster - Home 2

4 slices

 
Roberta Etcheverry

toaster - Home 3

 
Roberta Etcheverry

toaster - Home 4

 
Roberta Etcheverry

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

 
Patty Simmons

towels - Home 1 - set of two guest hand towels, new

 
Mary Scull

towels - Home 2 - set of two guest towels, new

aqua

 
Aileen McGoldrick

towels - Home 3 - set of two guest towels, new

 
Previous Donor (MR)

towels - Home 4 - set of two guest hand towels, new

 
Aileen McGoldrick

towels - starter kit - set of bath towels, new (1 bath,1 hand and 1 washcloth) (10)

 
9 of 10 slots filled
Kyle Redford
Julie Bryant
Julie Bryant
Julie Bryant
Kele C Gasparini Gasparini (2)
Andrea McArtor
Adriana Perry
Julie Bryant

toy storage - Home 2

max 24" wide, 18" deep

 
Ann Maier

TV - Home 2

max 43" long, 28" high (50" diag. set)

 
Johanna VanderMolen

TV - Home 3

max 36" or 40"

 
Melanie Stoll
Sony Bravia 40" KDL-40EX700

TV - Home 4

 
Adriana Perry

utensil holder - starter kit (3)

 
All slots filled
victoria diotte (3)

utensil set - starter kit

 
victoria diotte

vacuum - Home 2

 
Ann Maier

vacuum - Home 3

 
Victoria Cooper

vacuum - Home 4

 
Allison Bainbridge
Picked up from Nextdoor - don’t have email/ it’s at Make it home

waffle maker - Home 4

 
Allison Bainbridge
Previous donor

waste basket - Home 1 - for bathroom, small

 
Patty Simmons

waste basket - Home 3 - for bathroom, small

 
Patty Simmons

waste basket - Home 4 - for bathroom, small

 
Patty Simmons

waste basket - Home 4 - for bathroom, small

 
Patty Simmons

waste basket - Home 4 - for bathroom, small

 
Patty Simmons

welcome basket - Home 1

Bath soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent pods, liquid soap, dish soap, sponges, etc

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 2

Bath soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent pods, liquid soap, dish soap, sponges, etc

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 3

Bath soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent pods, liquid soap, dish soap, sponges, etc

 
victoria diotte

welcome basket - Home 4

Bath soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent pods, liquid soap, dish soap, sponges, etc

 
victoria diotte

welcome mat - Home 1

should say "welcome"

 
victoria diotte

welcome mat - Home 2

should say "Welcome"

 
victoria diotte

welcome mat - Home 3

should say "welcome"

 
victoria diotte

welcome mat - Home 4

should say "welcome"

 
victoria diotte
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