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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Geographic areas served: Marin County, California
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 68-0239712
415-456-7805
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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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Adopt a Family. They are creative in helping families help themselves, they are kind and they are effective. Everyone is passionate about their work in helping families. Their Holiday program where you can adopt a family for Christmas is fun, rewarding and a great way to engage the entire family in helping our neighbors.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been so impressed as a donor and a volunteer with the level of professionalism coupled with care and wisdom that I have found at Adopt a Family of Marin. Pam Meyer and her staff give me a very high level of confidence that the money that I donate to the organization is going to be used wisely and make a lasting impact on families lifting them out of poverty and homelessness to self sufficiency.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people knew about this program and the work they do.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with Adopt A Family of Marin for about four years in a number of ways as a volunteer and donor. I have especially enjoyed helping out with the agency's Christmas family gift program. I know the services this agency provides to struggling families to help prevent homelessness in our county makes a big difference to the families and to our local communities. Also, their Project Inspiration program offers life sustainability tools and resources for these families to help build personal strength and goals. This is a Great non-profit! Patti

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been helping this organization for 3 years by fundraising, putting together Mother's Day baskets and adopting a family at Christmas. The thank you's that I receive from the families are heartwarming.
This year I have recruited some other individuals and businesses to adopt families.
I truly believe this group saves a lot of families from homelessness and gives them hope to keep their heads up and thrive.
The staff works on a tight budget to help families in Marin and I am very supportive of their efforts.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful organization, that makes such a difference in the lives of many families in Marin..Adopt A Family is well run, keeps costs down, and uses their money and volunteers effectively, for positive results.
Because of Adopt A Family, there are fewer homeless families in Marin County.

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?

Life-changing

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Pam and her intelligent staff at Adopt A Family of Marin are incredibly compassionate towards the clients that come to AAF for support. From listening, to educating, to offering financial support, AAF provides a very important and valuable service to the Marin Community.

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?

Life-changing

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with Adopt A Family several years ago through the Ross Valley Woman's League. AAF has served hundreds of families each year helping them stay in their homes--critical to the health, education and well being of the children in the home. This fundamental support is delivered with compassion and professionalism.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working in the office over the Christmas holidays and being overwhelmed by the number of families and children this office supports.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding so they could in turn increase the number of families they serve.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This review is for the food and shelter campaign. I have been affiliated with Adopt a Family through the Ross Valley Women's League for the last 10 years. The difference they have made in our community is tremendous. This small, in staff , organization , works tirelessly to make major things happen in the lives of Marin families in crisis. They work to give these families a "hand up" not a "hand out" in times of need so that they can rebuild their lives. Whether it be help in learning a new job skill, going back to school, recovering from an illness or injury, helping with a car repair or gifts for kids at Christmas, Adopt A Family does an extraordinary job in acting as a safety net so that people can rebuild their lives with self respect. I have interacted with many of the Adopt a Family recipients and they have all expressed that Adopt A Family gave them their dignity back and the drive to move out of whatever difficulty they had been experiencing at the time.They also said there wasn't another place like it in Marin. There is that expression," there but for the grace of God " , and I have never seen it at work more clearly then through my time volunteering at Adopt A Family. I am not sure whether Adopt a Family helps those on the receiving end more or those who give to this organization. As a donor and a supporter, I have been the beneficiary. I will continue to support this organization and also want to say how much growth i have seen in the organization over the last 10 years. And I am certain under the caring and intelligent leadership of Pamela Meyer this organization will continue to be a beacon to those in need in Marin.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a volunteer i have seen how valuable Adopt a Family is in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want to see it grow so that it could assist all families in need in Marin and beyond.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Adopt a Family of Marin for the past 6 years. Of all the volunteer work I have done in my community, church and school, I truly believe that my work with Adopt a Family has made the greatest impact. I know that every dollar I donate and every hour I spend on behalf of this organization will directly benefit the families under their care. I have seen first hand how amazed the families are, not only at the generosity of our many donors, but also by the respect they receive from the staff and volunteers. We truly care about these families and do everything we can to keep them in their homes and keep their children safe. Every year the need gets greater and greater in our community and somehow Adopt a Family continues its relentless efforts to raise awareness to help more and more families...right in our own backyard. I cannot say enough about this organization and truly believe it is one of the very best nonprofits in our area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my direct involvement with their clients. Once you meet the families and the children and get to know their stories, you know that Adopt a Family is making a huge difference in their lives. Once you see how these families live and you see how hard they are working to keep their small apartment, you know first hand that they cannot do it alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As fund-raising dollars permit, I would continue to grow the staff to reach out to more and more families each year.

 
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