Adopt A Family of Marin

Rating: 4.81 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 496 B Street San Rafael CA 94901 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

Hi my name is Wendy. I am a young mom that I can't work because my son was born with health problems. My husband was only one working by that time, and we needed help with rent money so I called adopted family and other organizations but adopted family was the only place that they called me the same day and made me an appointment to go see someone next day. Oh the wonderful staff that work there are so helpful thank you ladies! I want to thank adopted family for all the help that they have done for me and my family.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am inspired by and in awe of the work Adopt a Family does for those most in need residing in Marin County. The staff and volunteers serve our community every day helping families cope with the pressures of making ends meet which can be overwhelming. It does make a difference in people's lives to know an organization like Adopt a Family can help them through difficult times. Congrats and much gratitude to this invaluable group of caring individuals.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past two years I have developed many wonderful relationship through my work with Adopt A Family. They have opened my eyes to the issue of homelessness in Marin and their efforts to tackle it. I have heard many intimate stories directly from women in need and learned how Adopt A Family has helped them out of some of the most difficult challenges of their life. Adopt a Family truly saved their lives. I am most impressed with their model for long term, sustainable services that provides a support community as well as educational skills to not only help these women out of homelessness and not only keep them out, but to empower them to do great things.

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