Local kids get creative and give back

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Rory & Tessa with Volunteer Manager Melissa Moss

Learning that a $100 donation allows us to provide nutritious meals for 35 children, Rory (age 10) & Tessa (age 7) decided to hold a garage sale to raise money to benefit Samaritan House. The kids succeeded in reaching their $100 goal, and came by our office earlier this month to drop off their very thoughtful and generous donation. (Pictured with volunteer manager Melissa Moss)

We thank these very young Samaritans for this wonderful project and celebrate their community-minded spirit!

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Another example of students giving generously to Samaritan House: Students of Franklin Elementary in Burlingame recently donated an amazing 1,917 pairs of socks for Kids’ Closet, our free clothing center for children.

According to the students, highlights of their sock drive included a “Sock Hop” dance – where the price of admission was a pair of socks – and a “Sock-o-Meter” to help them measure progress towards their donation goal.

The kids also artfully decorated the collection boxes to look like little washing machines to keep with the theme.

If you are a school or organization looking to conduct a donation drive or fundraiser for Samaritan House, contact Volunteer Manager Melissa Moss for details: mmoss@samaritanhousesanmateo.org.

Samaritan House bids farewell to Kitty

Novelist Paul Auster wrote that the best one can do in life is to “leave the world a little better than you found it.” On May 24th, after 12 years at Samaritan House – 11 of those serving as our Executive Director – Kitty Lopez will leave our organization in many ways a better, more established agency than when she arrived here over a decade ago.

During Kitty’s tenure, Samaritan House has expanded its range and depth of services to provide much needed resources to over 12,000 low-income individuals every year. Kitty oversaw several key organizational projects and achievements during her time as our leader, these include:

• The completion of a $6 million Capital Campaign for Samaritan House’s main offices, kitchen, and Kids’ Closet at Pacific Blvd, and the remodel of our Free Medical and Dental Clinic in San Mateo

• The opening of our second free Medical and Dental Clinic in Redwood City in collaboration with the Sequoia Healthcare District

• The remodel and improvements made to Safe Harbor Shelter

• A growth of agency revenue from $2.5M in 2002 to $8.5M in 2013

• Funding for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) offered by our client service department. This was accomplished in 2008 as the recession peaked and funding for homelessness prevention and housing assistance programs was crucial for families struggling through financial hardships.

These are impressive achievements in an organization that provides a diversity of much needed services. For almost four decades, Samaritan House has been a strong presence in San Mateo County, providing a safety-net for our low-income neighbors so that they can build a happier and brighter future.

Kitty leaves the organization to reunite with her passion for working with children and focusing on education. Before coming to Samaritan House, Kitty taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, and high school in regular and special education in the Bay Area and in Santa Barbara, California. Her passion for Samaritan House’s mission, positive attitude, and strong leadership will be missed. As our Board President Patty Hsiu explained, “Samaritan House is an organization that helps and engages so many in our community… This will absolutely continue as we go through the bittersweet transition of seeing Kitty off to opportunity to do even more good for our neighborhood.”

We will miss Kitty but we appreciate the time and wisdom she shared with us during her time here. As an organization, we look upon this transition as a time of opportunity for the agency. We look forward to building upon our successes and furthering our mission in the community – helping our neighbors in need.

Click here to watch our video from the Main Event – Kitty bids Farewell to the Agency

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Join us for Main Event 2013!

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We're looking forward to hosting our 21st Annual Main Event Fundraiser Dinner Set on May 11, 2013!

Theme: Feeding the Hungry In Our Community
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame

Master of Ceremonies: Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Auctioneer: State Senator Jerry Hill

On May 11th, Samaritan House will welcome members of the community, civic leaders, corporate sponsors, donors, and guests at The Main Event, a special evening celebrating the agency’s robust food program. The night will include fine dining, dancing, a live auction, raffle, and surprises along the way.

Over 400 guests are expected to attend the evening’s event, which begins at 6:00 p.m with a reception, followed by an elegant dinner and a welcome by Samaritan House Executive Director Kitty Lopez and Master of Ceremonies, Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Auctioneer and State Senator Jerry Hill will champion the cause – the Samaritan House food program – and auction off a variety of exciting items, from fine wines to gourmet dinners and travel getaways.

A new video about Samaritan House’s food program and hunger here at home will be premiered, followed by a “Fund-A-Need” auction, which will raise funds for the Samaritan House dining and food pantry services. The Raffle Grand Prize is a Hawaiian vacation at the Alii Kai Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. Guests will finish off the evening in style, dancing the night away to Motown and classic favorites from The Reed Fromer Band, one of the Bay Area's most dynamic and energetic musical groups.

Tickets are $150 if purchased before April 30, 2013 and $175 after this date, and can be ordered online at https://donate.samaritanhouse.com/2013-main-event

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Samaritan House Thanks Its Generous Sponsors for The Main Event

Distributor Sponsors:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Peninsula Health Care District
Denise Mulle
Wells Fargo
Sheila and Mark Wolfson

Harvester Sponsors:
Alaska Airlines
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Nisha and Amir Chaudry
Civil Justice Association of California
Cytokinetics, Inc.
Richard and Anita Davis
Diawara & Associates, CPAs
William and Beth Freeman
Hillsdale Shopping Center
Patty Hsiu and William Stein
Macy’s
Margaret and Michael McCaffery
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
The Raiser Family
Florette and William L. Schwartz, M.D.

Cultivator Sponsors:Tim & Tish Bussell
Christensen & Rafferty Fine Jewelry
First National Bank of Northern California
MotorSport Division
Sequoia Hospital
Union Bank
Vocker Kristofferson and Co., CPAs