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Adopt A Family of Marin

Rating: 4.82 stars   51 reviews 2,728

Address:

496 B Street San Rafael CA 94901 USA

Mission:

Adopt A Family of Marin prevents homelessness and provides stability for families in need.

Geographic areas served:

Marin County, California

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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415-456-7805
www.adoptafamily.org

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Reviews for Adopt A Family of Marin

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

I am a single mom of (now) 2 and having nothing after moving into my first apt. with my then one son (he was a toddler at the time) Adopt-a-Family gave us our very 1st Christmas Tree, ornaments AND some toys to put under said tree. We still use those ornaments. That was 16+ years ago and I'll never forget it. I am happy to say that I have not had to frequently rely on Adopt-a-Family for help but when there were no other options they were there for me. I was in a precarious situation a few years back, on medical leave, without resources and desperately ill. Adopt-a-Family provided me with much needed rental assistance and groceries for my family while I was getting treatment. More than that, they LISTENED to me, gave me a kind word when I needed it most. I am FOREVER grateful to them and the donors who make what they do possible.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was in very difficult situations and adopt family helped me and for me they are survivors and the best nonprofit organization thanks to them today me and my family are better

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I had always been on the other end of things. I had donated to various programs and had even worked at a homeless shelter. It doesn't take much for things to turn upside down, which is what happened to me after my divorce. I was working and had returned to college. I kept getting further behind financially. When we needed assistance, Adopt a Family of Marin was there for us. I was treated with respect and dignity; never was there any sign of judgement or being looked down upon. This was impressive to me. The various ways that we were given support made it possible for me to maintain stability for my daughter. I love that practical donations can be given knowing that they will go directly to the families served, such as the Christmas Adopt a Family program. I am hopeful that I can begin giving back to this wonderful agency now that I'm back on my feet financially.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Adopt A Family of Marin was there for me when I took my three children and we escaped an abusive household. We were homeless, living out of our car, and AAF was there for us. I will forever be grateful to them!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Adopt A Family of Marin provides hands-on financial assistance and counseling to families in need in Marin County with the goal of preventing homelessness. Why is Adopt A Family special? Every person who walks through the door is treated with respect and compassion. It's like no other nonprofit I have been involved with -- a very small agency that has a direct positive impact on multitudes of families and individuals in our community. I was most moved when I had the opportunity to deliver flowers to some of the agency's clients on Mother's Day. Many of the mothers I met were brought to tears by the unexpected gesture (as was I by the experience!). A wonderful agency.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Adopt A Family of Marin's executive director Pam Meyer and her staff do an extraordinary job all year round in helping prevent homelessness in Marin County. They provide much needed assistance to families with short term needs and also education to improve the lives of many in the long term. Such a blessing to have such a wonderful, caring organization in our County!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer and a donor, I have been very impressed with Adopt a Family and how it fulfills its mission. Pam Meyers and her staff are top notch professionals and care deeply about the families they help. I strongly believe in this cause and I plan on becoming even more involved with this great organization in the coming years.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Adopt a family does a tremendous job of meeting the needs of many of the families in Marin struggling for one reason or another to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Without judgement, the team at AAF finds ways to help with the short term needs while also addressing some of the more systemic challenges many of these individual's face as they try to break free of the poverty cycle. A truly great and need agency in our community.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

In the course of last eight years I found myself (and my family) in critical circumstances several times, was scared and nowhere to turn. The fact that Adopt a Family was able to compassionately help more than once was truly a miracle, for which we've been endlessly grateful,making a profound difference in our lives. The staff has always been very kind and friendly, wonderful people to work with (I'd always feel a bit embarrassed and 'less than good enough' asking for help, but they would make me feel good and worthy). They surprised us with their Holiday gift program and other events that improve quality of life of those less financially abundant. Their goodness brought me to tears more than once...Many blessings to Adopt a Family, you truly are angels walking on Earth!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Adopt a Family and its staff are a true Blessing!! From holiday assistant to Eating Healthy Workshops, they have helped make life a little easier when times get rough by offeing help. Thank You Adopt a Family.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Being intimately familiar with the work that this nonprofit does to serve the needs of marginalized communities in Marin County, I can honestly say that five stars is simply not enough. Aside from providing critical emergency services to families on the verge of becoming homeless, AAF has an outstanding holiday program, offers workshops and guidance to better equip clients with the tools necessary for getting ahead, and works collaboratively with other local NGOs and government organizations to coordinate resources and streamline assistance for families in need. The staff is compassionate and friendly and works hard to understand where their clients are coming from. While so many other nonprofits are mired in mountains of bureaucratic red tape that can often leave clients feeling alienated and afraid, the amazing staff at AAF create a warm and safe space for families to ask for, and receive, the help they need. This organization is truly one of a kind.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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