Adopt A Family of Marin

Rating: 4.85 stars   62 reviews


496 B Street San Rafael CA 94901 USA


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

Geographic areas served:

Marin County, California


Emergency assistance program - provides financial assistance, comprehensive assessment, case management and emotional support to low income families in crisis in marin county

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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  

I have been a Board member of Adopt A Family of Marin for 18 years. It has been a rewarding and enriching experience that exemplifies the concept, that a few dedicate people can make a change in the lives of families in crisis. From the beginning, where Board members made difficult decision which determined which family would receive the limited funds available, to today, with the number of families served exceeding 800 annually, there can be little doubt as to the effectiveness of this organization.

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

I have personally observed the results and outcomes of the direct involvement of Adopt A Family of Marin.

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

Expand the capabilities of the organization to serve more families. Develop an exportable, turn key, model that can be adopted outside of our area of service. Find an effective method of telling our story, of how early intervention, pre homelessness, is a cost efficient and effective methodology that is proven to provide a positive outcome in families lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with Adopt A Family of Marin almost 3 years ago. Each year, I am impressed with how the reach of this organization increases. In 2010, AAF has aided over 700 families and improving the lives of over 1,000 children in our County. AAF not only provides financial assistance to families in crisis, but also emotional support and other aid to prevent homelessness. In these troubling financial times, this work is invaluable.

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

seeing the results of 700 plus families this year staying in their home and preventing homelessness.

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

help get more funds to continue be able to provide more financial and emotional support for families in financial crisis in Marin.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with Adopt A Family of Marin 12 years ago when I moved back to the U.S. after living overseas for many years. It was important for me to feel a connection to our new community and to help other families as we raised our own. I was impressed with the direct impact that Adopt A Family makes in the lives of the families it serves, through both the financial assistance and the resource guidance the agency gives. The hope and real relief Adopt A Family provides for families in crisis is truly life saving. Each instance of Adopt A Family assistance is momentous and I am struck with the number of families who face illness and hardship alone. Adopt A Family steps in to truly become the family support missing in the stories like Carlos', a bus driver who could not work while he cared for his terminally ill wife and their two very young girls and Karen, a single mother and bank employee suffering from breast cancer who struggled to provide for her teenaged boys. All are earnest and hard-working families who fall on difficult times. It is not hard to sign on to the mission of Adopt A Family of Marin, but what makes it even easier is how well managed the agency is. The staff is highly trained, yet small, and completely committed to directing the highest percentage of funds towards the families. With my own family almost out of the nest now, I look forward to further dedicating myself to the mission of Adopt A Family -- to prevent homeless for families in my community and definitely to serve as a model to other communities as well.

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

serving on the Board of Directors and observing the number of families served in our community -- this year Adopt A Family doubled the number of families supported by the agency.

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

I would broaden the support it receives from across the county of Marin.

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How did you learn about this organization?

through community networks

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

to increase its annual donations to families to $1M

What is its top priority in the long run?

to eradicate homelessness for Marin families

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Rating: 4 stars  

Adopt A Family of Marin does a lot of good with its limited resources! First and foremost, clients feel respected. The agency knows that many of us are just one major illness or one car repair bill away from the "straw that breaks the camel's back". So the assistance starts with respect and brainstorming around how the client can get through the emergency and back on track. AAF provides both financial assistance for rents, security deposits, emergency repairs, etc., plus down-to-earth case management -- such as tips on how to shop on a budget in Marin or a reality check on how much a smoking habit is really costing. And, the agency operated with only a 13% staffing overhead; donations go to client services, not running the agency.

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

the faces of clients

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

clone it.

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