When my daughter and I needed help the most, Adopt A Family was there for us. I expected some judgement and disrespect, but what I found there was just the opposite. I was always treated with great respect and understanding. I attended some of their programming which imparted some truly inspirational information. Because of Adopt A Family, we were able to remain stable in our apartment and we received gifts during the holiday season that we otherwise could not have afforded. It was special to have flowers delivered on Mother's Day! Our financial situation has improved! I look forward to giving back to this wonderful place! They made me feel cared for and safe when I needed it the most.
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.
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 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 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.
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.