Our own “magic chef”, Ruby Kaho, is being honored with a Jefferson Foundation Award this month!
Ruby is being recognized for all the amazing work that she does, not just through Samaritan House, but also in our community. She is widely known by our volunteers, all over our food rescue operations with the grocery chains, by the many centers for kids and seniors who enjoy her cooking, as well as being loved and respected in her own Pacific Islander community.
This is personally very gratifying for her, as Ruby joins her and our good friend John Kelly, who was honored several years ago. Ruby and John are very close, see each other daily, and John was thrilled to have her recognized in this way.
KPIX television, as part of their sponsorship of the Jefferson Awards in the Bay Area, has created a video of Ruby at work for public viewing. Her interview will also be aired on KCBS Radio and on all CBS Radio stations in our region, including Alice, Live 105, and 997 Now. They will have a viewable version on their website as well.
For your enjoyment (and we do hope you will share this with all your friends) here is the schedule of air dates and times:
KPIX Channel 5:
Oct. 26 on the KPIX 5 News at 6 p.m.
Oct 27 on the KPIX 5 News at Noon
Sun . Oct. 30 on the KPIX 5 News at 7:30 a.m.
All News 106.9 FM & KCBS 740 AM
Oct. 26 at 6:50 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 11:50 p.m.
Oct. 30 at 11:50 a.m., 3:50 p.m.
CBS Radio stations – Alice 97.3 FM, Live 105.3 FM, 997 Now 99.7 FM
It’s October, which means that all of the kiddos have gone back to school in the Bay Area. A new school year usually means new clothes and shoes, but for many of our neighbors, this can be a challenge financially. In fact, a lack of adequate shoes and clothing is the biggest barrier to school attendance, performance and engagement. Samaritan House is grateful to partner with My New Red Shoes on their Clothing for Confidence Program to help low-income children in our community feel good on their first day of school.
Thanks to this program, Samaritan House’s littlest clients received a new pair of shoes and a $50 gift card to a major clothing store. This year, we were able to give out more than 150 pairs of shoes and gift cards to help our children start the school year off right. Thank you My New Red Shoes!
Vernon is a hardworking, responsible man, who works as a ramp attendant at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and lived in a room he rented at the Christie Hotel in South San Francisco. His world fell apart when the building he lived in went up in flames during an electrical fire. Everything he owned was destroyed by the fire. With no place to go and nothing but the clothes on his back, Vernon was thankful to be alive, but he knew he needed help.
Homelessness was a new concept for Vernon. He had always had a steady job and income, but the financial losses from the fire quickly rendered him without any savings. In partnership with local agencies, Samaritan House was able to place Vernon and other victims displaced by the fire at Safe Harbor Shelter.
Vernon lived at Safe Harbor for six months while he continued to work and save money to find a new home and to provide financial support for his son who lives with his mother in New York. Vernon says that of all the things he’s proud of in his life, his son is first among them.
Last month, Vernon’s case manager recommended him for a three year housing subsidy through the San Mateo County Housing Authority. The subsidy was quickly awarded and, with the help of his case manager, he was able to find an apartment he could afford.
He received financial support from Samaritan House for his move-in costs, and he recently received the keys to his new home. On Labor Day weekend, Vernon was filled with pride when his son flew out to visit him and stay with him in his new apartment. They cooked together, visited the sights of the city and had wonderful time. With a renewed sense of optimism, Vernon is confident that, his future is going to be a bright one!
Last Friday night, in the sleepy little town of San Mateo, on a street like any other, the League of New Samaritans gathered at a secret… cinema! The Leaguers were in for a night of movie magic under the stars and the cinema was well equipped with wine, beer, and hors d’ oeuvres! Laughter escaped out onto the street as The League ate, drank, networked and watched a warm, uplifting film about overcoming adversity. All proceeds from this event benefit Samaritan House’s Safe Harbor Shelter, which provides more than 32,000 nights of safe, warm sleep for San Mateo County’s homeless each year.
Are you a 21 to 40-something who wants to help your neighbors living in poverty? If so, join The League of New Samaritans, Samaritan House’s new young professionals group! The League is a group of young people, brought together by a common commitment: to support Samaritan House and all the incredible services and resources they provide to those in need in our community.
All are welcome at The League’s quarterly social events, ranging from happy hours, to picnics, to outdoor movies. Each event provides a great opportunity to learn more about how you can help someone who is hungry, homeless, or without healthcare, while networking, meeting new young professionals in the area, and enjoying an evening out. But, only members are invited to a yearly heroes-only soiree and have access to perks and discounts associated with membership. JOIN NOW!
In an innovative collaboration with our partners at Second Harvest food bank, Samaritan House has opened Food Pharmacies at our two Free Healthcare Clinics. Our volunteer physicians write “prescriptions” for low-income patients who have diabetes. Then, the patients are able to fill those prescriptions right on-site at our Food Pharmacies. Deepest thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for keeping both pharmacies stocked with fresh produce and other healthy foods. Our Food Pharmacies are thought to be the first of their kind in California.
Hear about it from the innovators themselves in this excellent interview, now airing on Pen Voice!
Free Clinic of San Mateo
19 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 Map
Hours by appointment only/initial referral from a Case Manager: Contact at 650-347-3648.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Mon evening 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Third Wednesday evening of the month, 7 – 9 p.m.
Free Clinic of Redwood City
114 Fifth Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063 Map
Hours by appointment only/initial prequalification by the Redwood City Medical Clinic Coordinator: Contact at 650-341-4081 ext. 4005.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m.
One Wednesday evening per month, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
The number of children signed up for our backpack giveaway has increased and we are urgently seeing Back-to-School backpacks, school supplies, and school shoes! Donate backpacks, school supplies and/or school shoes for 900 local children living in poverty. Giving the gift of a backpack or a pair of shoes may seem like such a simple thing to do, but it can mean the world to a child whose parents may not even be able to pay the rent or pay a utility bill. Your gift will enable a child to walk into a classroom with confidence, the tools they need to be successful in a learning environment and a feeling of belonging with their classmates.
Samaritan House is starting a fun, new initiative for 21 – 40’somethings young professionals called, The League of New Samaritans! Our mission is to activate the next generation by fostering foster social altruism, providing a high-impact network and engaging social opportunities for members as well as support and hope for our San Mateo County neighbors in need.
We would LOVE you to join us at our first official event tomorrow!
Come relive your youthful glory days and indulge your inner child while networking with local young professionals and helping San Mateo County kids in need! Bringing friends/colleagues is encouraged!
Tickets: $20 – includes food and one drink ticket
Earn extra credit if you bring backpacks, school supplies and/or $15 Payless gift cards – you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Office
All donations benefit Samaritan House’s Back-to- School program and help kids in need.
LOCATION: The Office, 1748 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070
Support Samaritan House in a HUGE way by doing one thing.
Simply tell your story.
Telling your personal friends and your community about your real life experiences creates a powerful bond. Whether you tell them over dinner or through a social media platform, it can inspire and transform the lives of many of your friends, families and local community members.
Your stories can motivate your neighbors to get out, volunteer and give back to their community.
Your stories can reassure folks who need help but might be scared or maybe just didn’t know where or how to access the vast variety of services we offer.
Your stories give such a unique perspective, they can motivate everyone, and help the community to understand the huge variety of ways we help to make our community a better place to live for everyone.
Your stories will help to convey the many different ways we work to make San Mateo County a better, more healthy place to live for everyone.
Writing about your experience with Samaritan House is the best way to spread the word. It is a simple act of service that can reach and embolden hundreds of people through our own community. Speaking your truth, in and open and honest way is one of the best and quickest ways to truly transom lives.
Once you’ve written about your experienced, please SHARE IT EVERYWHERE!
Your writing could be featured on our website and appear as part of our “Community Connections” series. We would absolutely LOVE to hear about what our community has to say. If you’d like us to promote your experience for you, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO NOT FORGET TO TAG AND CONNECT WITH US on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts!
THANK YOU to the wonderful team from #AOL who did an amazing job clearing out the San Mateo Clinic, getting it ready for the installation of our new Food Pharmacy. Our friends at @AOL worked really really hard, cleaning both inside and outand even helping with the garden. We are so impressed with your efforts and the transformation you made all in one day. Your work willhelp many people live happier and heather lives.
Samaritan House is constantly exploring new ways to keep our clients strong, healthy, and on the right path to self sufficiency. Managing diabetes can be difficult for patients with very low incomes. A healthy lifestyle with nutrient-dense foods can even help to slow the disease’s. Our Food Pharmacies are just one more way we are striving to give our clients everything they need to succeed!
The Food Pharmacy will assist our diabetic patients to manage their illness through diet as well as other therapies. Patients fill their prescriptions for free at an on-site food pantry. The groceries are provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the project receives funding from the Sequoia Healthcare District. For now, clients are encouraged to visit the food pharmacy twice per month, and take enough food each time to feed their entire family for three or four days.
The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetics eat more vegetables, fruit, and lean proteins, and choose whole-grain foods over those made with refined grains or flours. The organization also recommends avoiding excess salt, high calorie snack foods and foods high in saturated or trans fats.
Both of Samaritan House’s clinics, the Redwood City Clinic and the San Mateo Free Clinic, serves patients who are uninsured. To become a client, phone (650) 839-1447 or visit samaritanhousesanmateo.org.
Last night was the wonderful Bubbles & Baubles Event at Appelblom Jewelry Co! Appelblom Jewelry Co generously hosted an exclusive champagne and jewelry party, which served as of one Samaritan House’s Pay-to-Plays at this year’s Main Event. The evening sparkeled as guests had a blast as they indulged in delectable bubbles and explored in search of the perfect gem. During this exclusive event, Appelblom Jewelry Co generously raffled a $300 gift certificate AND a beautiful piece of antique jewelry! In addition, Appelblom gave each guest a 25% discount card from Appelblom Jewelry Co. as well as a surprise gift!
Appelblom Jewelry Co is San Mateo’s premier jeweler of custom, vintage, fine gold and diamonds. They offer a wide range of unique, antique and handmade pieces. Visit http://bit.ly/Appelblom to learn more!
Thank you, Appelblom, for supporting Samaritan House and the Main Event!