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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

11 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.

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.

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.