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NON-PROFIT
US POSTAGE
PAID
PERMIT #232
PETALUMA CA
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
P.O. Box 150527
San Rafael, CA 94915
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul
Society of Marin County is a “4-Star”
Charity, the highest honor given by Charity
Navigator? We work hard to ensure that
every dollar donated is used to create a positive impact
on Marin’s most vulnerable residents. Our recent audit is
online at www.vinnies.org.
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR DONORS
Enza Aiello
Alice Shaver Foundation
John and Angela Armstead
Ignacio Arribas and Nitsa Lallas
Sidney F. Baker
Bank of America
Dennis and Bernadette Baraty
Allen and Lynn Barr
Richard and Sue Barry
Bassing Painting, Inc.
Geoffrey Baylor
Bellam Self Storage
Mike Bentivoglio and Deborah
Dasovich
Beverlee Bentley
Bewley-Motluk Charitable
Foundation
Blythedale Rebekah Lodge #305
Bono Brothers Memorial
Patti Breitman and Stan Rosenfeld
William and Mary Brody
Lawrence Smith and Susan
Bromann-Smith
Michael and Gloria Bromham
Fr. Bill Brown
Janet Brown
Bambi Buckles
Maureen Buscher
Jeanne and Bill Cahill
April Cassou
Walter and Mary Caulfield
Thomas and Ruth Ann Cawley
Selena Ann Chaisson
Amy Challenger
Chevron Employees Campaign
Nystrom Chiropractic
Claudio M. Chiuchiarelli
Church World Service
Bay Marin Community Church
Clara-Belle L. Hamilton Core Trust/
SFF
James Cleaves
Harbor Point Tennis and Swim Club
Karen and Marty Coman
Congregation Sisters of Nazareth
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Miriam Connaughton and Milton
Kypriadis
Gold River Contractors
Cynthia Cornell
Dan Costello
Mary Lou Coyle
David Cush
Olivia Dalessi
Teresa Dalessi
Dandelion Foundation
Susan and Daniel Daniloff
Don Dayre
David Dee and Patricia Callahan
Louis Demattei
Helen D. Derham
Ursula Deuster
Ratnakar G. Dev
James and Deborah Devincenti
Luke Van Dijk
Donald O. and Ronald R. Collins Fund
Daniel Drake
James and Suzanne Du Molin
Kirsty and Michael Ellis
Mary Escalle
Barbara Farley
Stephen Fein
Seth and Alison Ferguson
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Loretta Figueroa
The Feibusch Foundation
First Bank
Lynne Fletcher
Herb and Joan Foedisch
Robert and Mary Ann Forsland
PG&E Corporation Foundation
William E. Simon Foundation
Jeffrey Freedman and Marie Boylan
Bill and Kathy Freschi
Diane Fruin
Funding Passion and Love
Foundation
Ingrid and Jack Gallagher
Michael and Julie Gallagher
Richard and Jean Gallagher
Ganote Family Foundation
Joseph and Laurence M. Garces
Duane and Theresa Geck
Daniel Gelbaum
Gerald K. Cahill and Kathleen S.
King Fund
Debbie and Gary Ghilotti
Bruce and Eva Gibbs
Gregg and Judy Gibson
Susan Johann Gilardi
Michael J. Gill
Georgine, Mark and Joseph Giraudo
Ronald and Christine Grossi
Albert and Shirley Hall
Scott Douglas Handleman
Jack Hanshaw
Margaret Harrison
Nicholas Hass
Brian and Teresa Hauswirth
Bill Hazen
Dan Heagerty
Christopher T. Heffelfinger
Hilltop Foundation
Kristin Hite
Richard and Anne Hocking
Terrance G. Hodel
Earl and Patricia Hokenson
Arthur and Linda Hoppe
Osborn Howes
Jay Pritzker Foundation
Jens and Bente Jensen
Jolson Family Foundation
Robert Kaliski and Linda Nelson
Richard Katerndahl and Penelope
Preovolos
Kalliopeia Foundation
Kenneth A. Lester Family Foundation
Michael and Helene Keran
Alan and Jane Kern
James and Eithne Kilty
Kiwanis Club of San Rafael & Central
Marin
Marilyn V. Knight
David Korol
Michael and Kathlyn Kress
John and Vicki Kryzanowski
Irwin and Jill Ross- Kuntz
Lyle Shlager and Andria Langenberg
William and Patricia Langley, Jr.
George Laplante and Sydnie Kohara
Stephen P. Lechner
Elisabeth Levy
Sharon Lewis
Rev. Matthew Link
Mark Loustau
Grace Lozier
Willy and Susan Lukach
Carl Lundgren
J. Kenneth and Mary P. Lynch
Leslie and Diane Lynch
Maggiora & Ghilotti Engineering
Contractors
Doreen and Frank Malin
Richard Mani
Philip E. Mann, M.D.
Marco A. Vidal Fund
Marin Airporter
Marin Community Foundation
Marin Lutheran Church
County of Marin
Shirley Ann Marn
Cary W. Martin
Camilla Marvel
William and Paulette McDevitt
James and Maureen McGeehan
Brian McGuinn
Carol McLoughlin
Charles and Nancy McQuilkin
Barbara McShane and Michael
Patterson
John and Tina Mehan
BNY Mellon
Carol P. Meyer
Jeanne Miller
Frank and Imelda Moeslein
Margaret Moster
John and Martha Mouer
Julie Simon Munro
Bruce and Margaret Neff
Anthony and Laura Nethercutt
Vigo and Arlene Nielsen
Frank and Lois Noonan
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Jan O’Brien and Craig Hartman
Daniel and Susan Ohlson
John and Patricia O’Neil
Marsha O’Neill
Francine and William Osenton
Josefina and Dennis Papendick
Christine Paquette
Sam and Mandy Parke
Michael and Mari Pautler
Lawrence and Lynne Pentis
Rev. Paul E. Perry
Peter E. Haas, Jr. Family Fund
James and Sonya Peters
Theresa Peters
Alfred and Margaret Petrofsky
Joseph and Barbara Picetti
Presbyterian Church of Novato
Private Ocean
Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts
Eugene and Maureen Pudlo
Michael and Lucille Quigley
Genevieve S. Richardson
Steve and Kathleen Robertson
Rotasa Foundation
Benjamin and Marian Rotnicki
Tom and Jeanne Rowe
Estate of James E. Ryan
Leslie Schaaf and Joseph Dyson
Robert and Marjorie Scott
Gregory Seal
Mary Semple
Stella Shao and Fred Juul
Eric R. Shapiro
David C. Shepard
Michael and Jennifer Shepard
Diane and Brad Shore
Lisa and George Shumny
Peter and Veronique Siggins
David W. Smith
Karen and Gordon Smith
Scott and Katherine Sorenson
Sovereign Military Order of
Malta-Western Association
Joseph and Ella Spinelli
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Dick and Joanne Spotswood
Gary and Cathy Spratling
William and Hannah Sweet
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Conferences
Straus Family Foundation
Richard T. Tarrant
Jeff Tate
Charles Runkel and Marcia Taylor
James S. Teter
The Outdoor Art Club, Inc.
Roderick and Deborah Thompson
Thrivent Financial
Thomas and Ancella Toldrian
Al and Maurine Trimbach
Trust Funds, Inc.
Turrentine Wine Brokerage
Stephen J. Vaccaro
Hendrick and Gerda Van Nood
Estate of Lauretta L. Vogelheim
Lisa Wade
Laurene Waldron
Steve and Debbie Ward
Gene Weber
Jeffrey and Deborah Weber
John and Victoria Welisch
Wells Fargo Community Support
Campaign
Stephen Whittemore
David and Deborah Wiechers
Robert Wilhelm
Willam Gundry Fund
Rex Wolf
Marilen and Schuyler Wood
Rene Zakhour
John and Marie Zeiter
Our donors listed contributed $1,000
or more to the St. Vincent de Paul
Society of Marin, between 8/15/13
and 8/15/14. Gifts to individual
conferences are not included.
You help seniors facing crisis.
Nearly 25% of Marin’s elders who own their own homes
outright cannot afford to meet their basic needs.
Carl, a 76 year old disabled man, was a successful
entrepreneur until he suffered a stroke two years ago.
Relying on an at-home business to supplement his
income, he struggled to pay his bills. Eventually, his
home was foreclosed upon. Carl sold his possessions
and moved to a rental home in Terra Linda. Despite his
best efforts, Carl’s income from Social Security and his
home business was still not enough.
Carl was always a proud, self-made man, but this time
was different; he could no longer go at it alone. He
called the Society for help.
Thanks to you, our volunteers went to Carl’s home
The UCLA Center for Health policy estimates it costs $18,764 a year for
a senior homeowner without a mortgage to cover basic expenses and
$41,731 a year for a senior homeowner with a mortgage.
and got right to work. They researched housing and
found him a place to live that he could afford on his
Social Security. They even gave him boxes to pack
up his belongings. During the move, Carl suffered a
heart attack and a Society volunteer drove him to the
hospital, staying with him to make sure he got the
care he needed.
Today, Carl is living in a senior housing complex in
Sonoma and is healthy and safe. With your help, he
avoided falling into homelessness and instead is living
out his senior years with enormous gratitude for your
compassion and generosity.
In Marin, we have a county-specific poverty level, the Elder Index.
There are 9,000 elder residents living below the Elder Index today.
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We need your help. A BIG THANK YOU!
Right now, our freezer in the Free Dining Room
is only ¼ full with the meat we need.
Can you help us by
donating meat or sending
a gift in the enclosed
envelope? Please help
us fill our freezer so we
can keep up with the
demand…an astounding
640 meals per day for our
hungry seniors, veterans,
children and many others.
Running off to Costco or the grocery store? Are
you able to pick up something to help the Free
Dining Room? We always need:
Milk
Cheese (cheddar, jack, mozzarella, parmesan)
Canola oil
Dried black beans
Frozen ground meat
Canned tuna
Paper towels
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Pennies is coming! “Pennies from Heaven”, the
Society’s annual fund raising gala, will take place
Saturday, September 13 at 6pm at St. Hilary
Church in Tiburon. Help us prevent homelessness
and serve those in need by supporting this event!
For tickets or more information, please call Claudia
Delman at 415-454-3303 ext. 20.
Thank you to all our amazing sponsors!
LEAD SPONORS
UBS
Ambrosia Restaurant
Farallone Pacific
First Bank
Richard and Jean Gallagher
Harbor Point Charitable Foundation
John and Vicki Kryzanowski
George Laplante and Sydnie Kohara
Marin Independent Journal
Marin Vegetarian Education
Daniel and Susan Ohlson
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GENERAL SPONSORS
Bank of Marin
Montecito Plaza of Seagate Properties
Cheryl Nobusada and Ryan Kosakura
Peter and Irene Tabet
Homeless and suffering from a chronic leg injury
that made it difficult to walk, Drake had a hard time
getting around. He knew that a bicycle would be a
tremendous help in his hunt for work, but he didn’t
have access to one. Thanks to you, the Society bought
him a $100 used bicycle and a good lock. With his
new found mobility, Drake can now get to the Mill
Street shelter at night and to job interviews in the
morning. He is grateful for your assistance and is
making good progress with his goals for a better life.
Sometimes, just a little bit of help can be the start of
something big.
Updates from Our Director
My first year as Executive Director has been very
rewarding. I remain amazed at the compassion of our
volunteers and donors, who are relentlessly generous
in their efforts to help people in crisis. Thank you!
Are you following our efforts to create a permanent
home for our REST shelter program? Help us shelter
up to 40 men and 20 women each night by letting
your elected officials know that Marin residents facing
crisis need REST. For more information, please call me
directly at 415-454-3303 ext. 12.
Special thanks to board member Willy Lukach who
organized our first “Vinnie Palooza” musical fund
raising event and Harbor Point Charitable Foundation
director Bob Kaliski, who led our 2nd Annual “Golf Fore
Giving” event. Next up, “Pennies from Heaven.”
We hope to see you there!
Christine Paquette, Executive Director
You help families.
A NEIGHBOR YOU HELPED.
Debra and Scott and
their three children were
living in their van in
Mill Valley. When they
received approval for a
Section 8 voucher for federal subsidized housing,
this homeless family was ecstatic. Their spirits
were dampened, however, when they were told
that they needed a rental deposit. Panicked, they
came to us for help. Because of your generosity,
our Homeless Help Desk paid the deposit which
enabled this family to move into their new
apartment in July. Thanks to you, there are three
young children in Mill Valley who are no longer
homeless and are starting the new school year
with a home to call their own.
Lauree was a 24-year old Marin resident who was
homeless. With no family support, Lauree was
struggling to survive. She came to the Society
for food and guidance. Highly motivated, Lauree
clearly had the potential for a better life. Lauree
joined the San Rafael Downtown Streets Team
to learn job skills.
Working for the
Streets Team enabled
Lauree to save $1,500
towards a vehicle
to help her get to
classes at College
of Marin. Your support matched her hard earned
savings, and she was able to purchase a reliable
used car.
Leon and Raquel
Ramirez and their
two children received
a notice that their
landlord was going
to sell the home they
were renting. They quickly found a new place to
live, but there was a four-week gap before they
could move in. With no other option, they were
forced to sell their belongings and move into their
minivan.
When it became time to move into their new
apartment, this working couple found themselves
with a new place to stay but no furniture. Thanks
to you, Society volunteers helped to provide a
kitchen table, a sofa and beds and dressers for
the entire family, so that they had the basics they
needed once again.
With your help, this industrious couple weathered
their unexpected storm beautifully and once
again have a home in which they can proudly
raise their young family.
Now, Society volunteers are helping Lauree find
a place to live. Thanks to you, this young woman
will soon to have a place to call her own for the
first time in her life.
VOLUNTEERS TO THE RESCUE
Did you know that
a few hours of
volunteering can have
a significant impact
on someone who is
struggling?
Mandy has a full-time job, rents an apartment and
drives a 20-year-old car. Her auto insurance bill
was so high that she struggled to pay her other
bills. She came to the Society for help. Our Society
volunteer looked at her finances and realized that
as her car aged, her insurance policy remained
the same. She was paying the same amount of
insurance as she would for a new car! Our board
member worked with the insurance company
to lower Mandy’s rates to less than half of what
she had been paying. Mandy can now manage
her bills. Thanks to you, she’s even adding to her
savings account to complete her education.
When you give today with the enclosed envelope, you give to seniors like Carl, families like the Ramirez’
and struggling people like Lauree and Mandy, because you care.
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