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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

87 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

when I came to this non profit with my daughter they were so kind and they helped us with so much even still to this day they help us I am so greatful for all they have done they have fixed my car kept me on the road they have taught me how to eat healthy they have helped me pay bills they helped me with Christmas gifts and birthday gifts household items needed. they always send flowers for mothers day which was so special to me cause I am all alone and they made me feel like I had people that care about me out there I have been offered help to clean my house when I was overwhelmed and not healthy enough to keep up with it they are a truly loving group of people who really want to help people get back on their feet and stay there thank you so much adopt a family for all you have done it has changed my life

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of this amazing nonprofit organization through donations to All In. You wouldn't think that in Marin County there would be so many people who need help. We are so lucky to have Adopt A Family of Marin right there to help. And we are so lucky that the people in Marin County are generous in their donations. We need to make sure that more people learn about the wonderful contributions that Adopt A Family of Marin make to the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family of Marin has helped my son & I when it felt like all doors were closed. We have received assistance with housing, supportive help (mental & emotional) & holiday assistance. Due to the abundant help of Adopt a Family my son & I have been able to maintain our residency & livelihood here in Marin. Please continue to fund this agency so that families such as my own can have a life and keep their head above the water.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to Thank Adopt A Family for always showing love and truly caring about families in Marin County. We are all suffering through tough times right now and trying to make ends meat. Adopt A Family is a loving organization who loves and cares about our families in Marin County. My son and I who are both disabled and needed a car repair reached out to Adopt A Family for assistance and they helped us through this tough time Thank You Jesus! We love and appreciate Adopt A Family Super Much! Thank You For your love and support Adopt A Family Much Love And Many Blessings!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family of Marin is a very well run agency that provides much needed help to Marin families and helps prevent homelessness. As rents have increased steadily over the past few years, many families who live paycheck to paycheck are in need of assistance with their rent, deposits and ongoing expenses (such as car repair for example) to survive in our County. Five star service, offered with a caring heart.

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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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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 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.