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Adopt A Family of Marin

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Adopt A Family of Marin prevents homelessness and provides stability for families in crisis.

Target demographics: prevent homelessness for families in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 families.

Geographic areas served: Marin County, California

Programs: emergency assistance program - provides financial assistance, comprehensive assessment, case management and emotional support to low income families in crisis

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a family has helped my family with hotel assistance after we became homeless. After we were able to find a place to call home they provided us with the deposit and one months rent! We are so thankful and blessed to have them in our community! For the assistance we were served, we have been eligible for the holiday program for the last couple years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three and a half years ago my GRANDKIDS was left at my house, mother went out to make a phone call and never came back. Adopt A Family became the village that I needed to raise my grandkids ages 2weeks, five years old and 7, now ten. They offer food money for rent, inactivity for family like the Circus Vargas. This was a great night for my family,during holidays they would make true that the kid got at less some of the things they needed and wanted. I was adopt by a family for a year through the angry. They showed my GRANDKIDS that the world was not as bad as it seem. For me it was a place to build relationship with the counselor you work with. On Mother Day my doorbell would ring and I would be presented flower and candy with great smile letting you know they care.Being sixty years old and raising three kids does not seem a hard as I thought it would be as long as the Village is there to leans a helping hand to me which gave me a feeling of pride and determination. KNOWING MY FAMILY HAS TRULY BEEN BLESS BY ADOPT A FAMILY.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has done so much for me and my small children From offering school clothes as well as supplies when I could not provide. They are very in touch with the family's and there needs. They also offer great emotional support no matter what the situation is. Here is my small story I am a single mother of two and I have lived in Marin county for 4 years and Adopt A Family have been there for my family helping us get settled in and to assure my family that even though you are alone and have no family here we are here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very well run and organized charity. Helps families in Marin with all kinds of needs..

Leah S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became familiar with Adopt A Family of Marin through my association with the Ross Valley Women’s League. Adopt A Family is one of the few available resources in Marin for families going through unexpected and difficult financial times. There aren’t many helping hands in Marin and Adopt A Family is one of them and I believe in their mission.

Lori Smith D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with many non-profit organizations in the past, but this is the most lean and efficient organization I have been associated with. With only a Director, two staff and many dedicated volunteers they touch the lives of hundreds of families each year and work to honor their mission of making sure no child is homeless in Marin County. Bravo Adopt A Family of Marin.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I"m on the board and have helped with fundraising for many years and have seen first hand how their programs have helped many families prevent homelessness. Adopt A Family of Marin cares for the families that reach out for help, and they go the extra mile to provide that help. They literally turn families lives around. The staff is amazing, and the work they do is so admirable.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am part of an Auxiliary Group that supports Adopt A Family of Marin, and has committed all of our fundraising activities for over 25 years to support this very worthwhile nonprofit. Pam Meyer and her dedicated staff work tirelessly to support families at risk in Marin County. This support helps many families not become homeless and provides counseling where it is most needed.

Louise M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Marin is a beautiful place but a tough place to live if you have little resources. It is so fabulous that this organization supports families struggling to raise children in this community.

Donor

Rating: 5

As part of a volunteer organization which for the past 27 years has raised much needed funds for Adopt A Family of Marin, our ongoing support is a testament to this important non profit and their amazing work helping families in our community. Executive Director Pamela Meyer helps hundreds of families every year gain stability by providing financial assistance and emotional support to prevent the dangerous slide into homelessness. The agency works tirelessly with families to help them build better lives, and support the most vulnerable families in our County. Every year they deliver essential safety net services to over 500 families with children so they all have a place to call home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization, and the wonderful people that work there, provide an amazing service to our Marin community. In such an affluent place, those struggling to get by are often forgotten. But AAF steps in a meets these folks where they need it, whether with financial support or counseling or holiday gifts to bring smiles to their kids faces. A truly great agency for Marin.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopt A Family does great, hands on work for those who are in difficult financial condition and vulnerable to homelessness. The organization's support is targeted and typically short-term, designed to help a family through a rough spot. It operates with the highest level of integrity and dedication to what is a very important mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family of Marin plays a very important role in Marin County where there are many families just a broken down car or injury away from homelessness. Pam Meyer and her staff run a very efficient agency, helping over 500 families each year thanks to the many grants the Agency receives and the proceeds from the Ross Valley Women's League annual fundraiser. Through a very caring screening process, they fulfill the mission of the Agency to prevent homelessness, helping families deal with crises and also teaching them how to plan for the future. I am a proud member of the Board of Adopt a Family and have been involved with the Agency for five years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family of Marin is a staple of help for needy families in Marin County. Through their compassionate care and individual approach, they assess the needs of potential clients and not only help prevent homelessness by solving their immediate issues, such as providing funds to repair a broken down car so the client can get to work, or a down payment for an apartment to help a mother move and get out of an abusive relationship, they also help the client focus on their future and making changes so she/he is in a better position to help themselves going forward. All this work is done by a small but caring staff who has served the community for over 25 years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Adopt A Family of Marin for seven years and have seen first hand how their programs have helped many families prevent homelessness. They are a small agency with a big impact in our community. They serve over 500 families a year by providing stability and support in times of need. My passion for this agency continues as I am currently a Board Member. Our community needs their important work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Zoevina P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I went on medical leave in November 2016 to present, Adopt-a-Family has helped my family through many difficult times. Not just monetary stuff but also an ear to listen. All the staff are welcoming and friendly. I really enjoyed the hike a couple months back and being able to take my kids to the circus. I don't know where I would be without their support. Very greatful for there services and the warmth they show me and my family. They don't treat you like a second class citizen like some organizations and they never look down at you. They are always encouraging and supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new immigrant family, we are having difficulties even in simple things, but with Adopt a Family we are filling safe. We are so grateful to them for their supportive teamwork.
I hope one day we will become a donor family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family has helped my family on and off over the years in difficult times. Gifts for the holiday season, help with a car repair or just needed groceries, I could count on them for support. I recently was placed on medical leave in November and once again Adopt a Family was there to help my family. Adopt a Family cares about it's community and the staff are caring and friendly. I have had to ask for help from other organizations and left feeling judged at Adopt a Family they treat you with respect and I could walk out of the office with dignity. They made me feel safe and cared for when I needed them the most. Thank you to everyone that makes this program possible. It is truly a blessing. Thank you Adopt a Family, Volunteers and donors for all you do to help support families in Marin County.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Single mother of 4 who got laid off in September by no fault of my own...
Wrote a long review in October because I kept being given false promises. "If you do ____, we'll help you". I continued to meet their demands, but empty promises. As soon as my previous review posted on this site, I got a call first thing the next morning from their Program Director. I explained the situation. She then agreed to help, and asked me to delete my review. So I did.
A month before that, I was sent a link from Adopt A Family inviting me and my family to participate in their holiday program. I recently filled out the forms and sent them back.
I had heart surgery 2 days ago, and decided to send an email to the Program Director yesterday to see if they were able to match a family to help with Christmas gifts for my kids. Even more difficult now because I can't work, drive, or lift more than a few pounds. Got an email back today saying they were never going to help me again.
If you're considering giving to them, please don't.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt A Family made a huge difference in my life and my children's life, I was able to have a great Christmas with my children, I got connected with Marin County resources, Adopt A Family is a great help in my life still, I received so much support from all the staff, All the financial help and support with gifts and other financial funds I received from this organization. I honestly can say so much, but words are so many. I can say Thank you adopt a family for being there when I was in great need of help. You changed my life and my family your a gift from god and all the staff have such a kind heart. Thank you for everything you did for my family and many families here in Marin County..
God bless you all.