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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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.

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.

Veronica37

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a Family has helped my family and I over the last few years. They are great caring organization. When there was no one to turn to they were there. Weather its during the holiday season or a recent move to our new apartment. I don't know what I would have done if they were not there to help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a two time breast cancer survivor with two sons I considered myself very blessed with the financial help, my husband's income changed a lot because during all the surgeries and treatments he needed to take care of me. I'm still on remission and I can't work that much. We really appreciated the support we received from Adopt a Family. May God bless everyone who makes all of this possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization and help when you need it the most! Definitely welcome with open arms and they are definitely a blessing! My infant was very sick for his 1st Christmas! Spending most of December sick.. his Christmas morning in the Er .. A bitter sweet memory! I couldn't be more grateful and they are Angels sent from above!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my husband in 2013 to Prostate Cancer. It was the worst day of my life! I was left alone in this world, now a Widow to raise 6 Children all by myself? I said to myself, God why me? I thought it wasn't fair, and that I had been dealt an Ugly hand of cards. It was a time of darkness for me and my children. I began thinking about Birthdays, Christmas, and even college for my kids. The more i thought about it the more hopeless i felt for myself and mostly my children. Adopt a Family of Marin came into my life right at the point when I needed some support the most! I am so very grateful for the agency and most of all the staff!! I really just want to say that had it not been for the love and support of Adopt a Family, my children would have spent an awful lonely christmas! Its Sad enough having to lose my husband and see my kids go without a Dad everyday. But with the support and help that I receive from them, has put my family back on track with hope for a brighter future!

Thanks from The Harvey Family!!
XoXoXo MUAH!!!
Truly Grateful, Mrs. K. Bryan-Harvey

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization help me when I most need it two years ago. I'm still receive help from them in holidays, my family is able to get Christmas gifts that I can't afford with my tide budget.
thanks for coordinate the Christmas program. I really appreciate the help! and they make my kids happy, I don't have words for describing the helpful this program it is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I a so happy that there is a place like adopt a family of Marin! They make me feel important as a community member in this city in this county of Marin. I have learned a lot about myself and about taking care of myself and my family and the "getting ahead program" which was phenomenal and I made great changes in my life for the better! They have been a great resource to me and providing help with my unborn baby items and when my car went out and I needed a way to make sure I get to work they help me get my car fixed. I really feel like adoptive family is truly serving the community and family in need when we are at our very lowest trying to survive. Thank you , Adopt A Family, kindly for all your help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,
I am a single father who has a 10 year old daughter and a 12 year old son who lives with me and because of Adopt A Family last Christmas was very special for my family. I received a phone call from Adopt A Family asking me if I could use some help because I qualify for their program. When I went to their office everyone was so nice and helpful. I had just moved and had been moving by myself. On the day they contacted me I was trying to move my children and myself into another place and doing this by myself and was extremely tired during the time that they called. I didn't have any money and I hadn't any Christmas presents for my children. When I recognized what time it was it should have been the time that they would have been closed because it was after working hours. After panicking, I picked up the phone knowing that it was after hours and that no one would be picking up the phone but I still took a chance. At my surprise someone indeed did pick up the phone and told me that they would wait for me until I got there. Adopt A Family has no idea how special they made our Christmas and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do.

Blessings!

Stewart

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in very difficult situations and adopt family helped me and for me they are survivors and the best nonprofit organization thanks to them today me and my family are better

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had always been on the other end of things. I had donated to various programs and had even worked at a homeless shelter. It doesn't take much for things to turn upside down, which is what happened to me after my divorce. I was working and had returned to college. I kept getting further behind financially. When we needed assistance, Adopt a Family of Marin was there for us. I was treated with respect and dignity; never was there any sign of judgement or being looked down upon. This was impressive to me. The various ways that we were given support made it possible for me to maintain stability for my daughter. I love that practical donations can be given knowing that they will go directly to the families served, such as the Christmas Adopt a Family program. I am hopeful that I can begin giving back to this wonderful agency now that I'm back on my feet financially.

1 Ivy_3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mom of (now) 2 and having nothing after moving into my first apt. with my then one son (he was a toddler at the time) Adopt-a-Family gave us our very 1st Christmas Tree, ornaments AND some toys to put under said tree. We still use those ornaments. That was 16+ years ago and I'll never forget it. I am happy to say that I have not had to frequently rely on Adopt-a-Family for help but when there were no other options they were there for me. I was in a precarious situation a few years back, on medical leave, without resources and desperately ill. Adopt-a-Family provided me with much needed rental assistance and groceries for my family while I was getting treatment. More than that, they LISTENED to me, gave me a kind word when I needed it most. I am FOREVER grateful to them and the donors who make what they do possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt A Family of Marin was there for me when I took my three children and we escaped an abusive household. We were homeless, living out of our car, and AAF was there for us. I will forever be grateful to them!