Every year, with pride, we send you our Annual Report, along with our once-a-year appeal for donations. While the print version of our report has been in circulation for quite some time, this digital version is just getting to you now. Like so many of our fellow non-profits, we put our fundraising efforts on hold so that we could focus our energy on supporting our community during its unprecedented time of need. The North Bay fire crisis is far from over, and our hearts continue to be with those who have experienced unfathomable loss. The generously donated items in our ‘free store’ continue to find their way to those in need, while the abundance of donated gift cards has long been distributed to very grateful families. As the tangible evidence of the outpouring of community support becomes less readily visible, the lasting effect of all the love and generosity and kindness that entered our building, nonetheless, shines bright. It can be found in the messages of gratitude that we receive from those we housed. It can be found in the spontaneous and happy reunions with volunteers on the sidewalks around Cavanagh. It can be found in the heartfelt sign, anonymously hung on our railing. For us, the outpouring of community support lives on forever in these new friendships.
It seems fitting that an organization like ours, whose mission is founded on the principles of friendship, found ourselves operating as a shelter. We know how important friendship is for those facing adversity, for those fearful and in need of healing. We see its power every day, strengthening the children in our program. And it’s a power derived from the simplest of sources: from just having a friend be there, not to do anything in particular, but just to let us know that we are cared for and supported. A friend like Taylor.
Please make your meaningful donation now, knowing that it will build many more life-changing friendships like these, friendships that have the ability to heal our community.
Please use this link to make your donation online. You may also mail your check to us at 426 8th Street Petaluma, CA 94952. To find out more about volunteering as a mentor, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 707-778-4798. We’d love to talk to you! You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We are on Guidestar and on the Upstream Investments Portfolio, as well.
On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, thank you!