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   food choices for her family, and for media
   videos of Libia and how she makes healthy
   of two. Check our Facebook page for
   most challenging time as a single mother
   with housing and expenses during her
   pleased to have been able to assist Libia
   event Roundtable. Samaritan House was
   food stamps and $4.50 a day, during the
   spoke about the challenges of living on
   Challenge on October 31st, and Libia
   House took part in Speier’s Food Stamp
   recipient, Libia Bustamante. Samaritan
   House client and current food stamp
   Jackie Speier with a recent Samaritan
   Pictured here are Congresswoman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Her Life and Inspiring Us All
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Libia Bustamante Is Rebuilding

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                                                                                                                                                                                 BOARD OF DIREC TORS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             FALL 2011
Lucretia-del J. Broussard
                            Maude N. Brezinski
                                                 Ralph Armenio
                                                                   John C. Boyle, Treasurer
                                                                                              Betty Till, Secretary
                                                                                                                      Patricia Hsiu, Vice President
                                                                                                                                                      Tish Busselle, President

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3 MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR CHILDREN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2 MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Vanessa Love shares her love of Wee Care with Project Wee Care book

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Franklin Templeton “Social Media Challenge” earns $10,000 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Blue Shield awards $40‚000 grant for San Mateo clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Samaritan House and Shelter Network partner to help house veterans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               HEALTHCARE, AND FINANCIAL LITERACY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sequoia Healthcare District awards Samaritan House

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 5 Minutes with Dr. Mary Twieg in honor of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BREAST CANCER PREVENTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             financial literacy education

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $43,000 for new breast care program

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             IN THIS ISSUE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bor Helping Neighbor is our motto, and it is particularly                       This season is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tant this season, when spreading holiday cheer and looking                     about children
Natashia López–Gómez
                            William Freeman
                                                 Jennifer Fisher
                                                                   Karifa Diawara
                                                                                              Richard L. Davis
                                                                                                                      Nisha Chaudry
                                                                                                                                                      Joan Cassman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 those less fortunate than ourselves is so vital. We are as                      as much as it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ith our enthusiastic teams of volunteers, who began                           about giving and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   s gn ng u n ctober for opportunities. Things ramp up in November                              receiving, and

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and December, when our all-important donors drop off toys, food, and                          our Wee Care

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   monetary contributions that help us provide holiday assistance to our clients.                Program captures

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Sheila Wolfson
                            James Whitehead
                                                 Jay Strauss
                                                                   Carl A. Serrato
                                                                                              Timothy K. Roake
                                                                                                                      Allison Nuschy-Lenat
                                                                                                                                                      J. Frank McCabe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 see children visit our

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to donate new toys they

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 allowances, or cash gifts they may have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 received. Our Club Days and Family Days are unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 opportunities for young people and families to get in on the holiday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fun and giving.

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We always have wonderful teams of teens each year who conduct food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 drives and collect food and monetary donations from area supermarkets,
                                     Volunteer Physicians from Menlo Medical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  retinal disease, which, if left untreated, would have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yielding supplies that last well beyond the holidays and into the New
                                     Shine at “Menlo Medical Saturday”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        progressed to blindness.                                                                            SAVE THE DATE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Year. A special thank-you to the San Mateo High students, who always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The next Menlo Medical Clinic Day at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Redwood City Clinic takes place on Saturday,                                                        2 012 s p r i n g g a l a                                                                                                                                                                                      do an outstanding job with their record-breaking efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              November 12th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are already getting ready for our                                                                                                                                                                           The 2010 Holiday Program yielded bags of toys to over 2,000 children,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Main Event this spring! The date is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Congratulations And Thanks to                                                                       May 12 at 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency,                                                                                                                                                                           gift cards for 1,000 teens, and holiday food for over 5,000 low-income
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peggy Myers, 2011 Kelly Award Winner                                                                Burlingame. Check for the latest                                                                                                                                                                               seniors, adults, and children. The economic challenges of the last year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  updates over the next few months at                                                                                                                                                                            require us to do even more this season, and your help counts. So if you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks to Peggy Myers for her many years of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        , and on our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              volunteer work with Samaritan House, and also                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can, donate, volunteer, and discover the joy of the season by truly being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for her recent generous donation to our Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  social media posts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Campaign. “I was surprised and honored to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the neighbor who helps your neighbor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              receive this year’s Kelly Award,” she states. “It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              has been tremendously fulfilling to volunteer with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Start Your Engines!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Donations of gifts and toys make all the difference to families during the holiday season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Samaritan House all these years and to work with                                                  Golden Gate Harley Owners Group (HOG)
                                     Dr. Jason Wong (far right), medical director of the Samaritan House
                                     Clinic of Redwood City, with volunteer physicians from Menlo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             all the wonderful staff.”                                                                         Rides Once Again for Samaritan House
                                     Medical Clinic who helped out in July. They are, from left to right:
                                     Dr. Seth Weissman, Dr. Rachel Seaman, and Dr. Harlan Matles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mark Your Calendars for Saturday November 19th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Ladies of Harley will once again be riding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HOW TO DONATE
                                     “I would like to thank all the physicians who                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. They will depart
                                     volunteered their time to make the Menlo Medical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           early in the morning from Dudley Perkins Co.                                                                       IN - KIND DONATIONS                               CASH OR CHECKS                              TOYS
                                     Clinic Saturday Event at Samaritan House a success,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Harley Davidson in South San Francisco, for the                                                                    In addition to monetary donations, we             Mail or deliver to the                      Bring new, unwrapped toys to the                Donation barrels are located in the 3rd
                                     commented Dr. Jason Wong, medical director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ride to College Park Elementary School in San                                                                      are particularly in need of the following         Samaritan House Administration Office,      Holiday Toy Shoppe, 1515 South                  floor reception area at Samaritan House
                                     of the Redwood City Clinic. Thank you for your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mateo. Collection barrels have been set up since                                                                   in-kind donations this holiday season:            Third Floor,                                Claremont St, San Mateo, according to           headquarters, 4031 Pacific Blvd at 42nd
                                     commitment to serving the most vulnerable residents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        late October at Dudley Perkins, and escorting                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Avenue, San Mateo, 94403, M-F 9-12 noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4031 Pacific Blvd.,                         the following schedule:
                                     in our community, and for making a difference in our                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the riders will be a truckload full of donations of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Gift Certificates for teens ($5 or $10)         San Mateo,                                  Tues-Sat, 12/13-12/17 9 am – 12 noon & 1-4 pm   and 1-5.
                                     patients’ lives. I hope we can continue this partnership                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nonperishable foods for our clients in need. Way
                                     and look forward to working with you again.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to go, Ladies!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Grocery Store Gift Certificates ($5 or $10)     CA, 94403.                                  Tues-Fri, 12/20-12/23 9am – 12 noon & 1-4 pm    THRU DECEMBER 22 oNly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Diapers, baby food, and formula                 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and
                                     The enthusiastic team of physicians saw 35 patients,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Watch our Facebook page in the coming weeks for                                                                    • Non-perishable foods (to donate food items      1 p.m.–5 p.m .)
                                     covering everything from allergies to diabetes, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        some pre-event photos and video of the Ladies of                                                                     online, see our Amazon Wish List: http://                                                                                  For detailed information about the 2011 Holiday
                                     successfully diagnosed two patients with severe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harley in action.                                                                                                                                                    CREDIT CARD DONATION                                                       Program, click on the holiday icon on our home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    page, There, you will find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     volunteer/wish_list.shtml)                      Call (650) 341-4081, or donate online at                                   information about Holiday Volunteer opportunities as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               well as how to donate or provide financial support. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MONETARY DONATIONS                                                                                                           the spirit of protecting our environment, please print
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                 a year by the Development Department of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Public Relations Coordinator/                                                                                                                                                                           , with your                                                                  Click on the Holiday 2011 icon on the home                                                                                   Holiday Program Coordinator at (650) 523-0831.
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            AND THE DIRECTOR SAYS...
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                                                                                                                                                                                    $             funding opportunities and giving:                      Making a Difference                                     soBraTo cHallenge granT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MaTcHed your donaTions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A TOTAL OF $205,000 RECEIVED!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Last year, the Sobrato Family Foundation chose
                                                           5 MinuTes WiTH dr. Mary TWieg                                                                                           saMariTan House and sHelTer neTWork parTner                                                                                   Samaritan House to receive a 2:1 Challenge
                                                           san MaTeo                                                                                                               To Help House VeTerans                                                                                                        Grant of $205,000. We received the initial
                                                           In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness                                                                             Samaritan House is pleased to partner with Shelter              providers in the county to assist veterans and their          contribution of $100,000 in July 2010, and
                                                           Month, we spent a few minutes with Dr. Mary Twieg,                                                                      Network, which was recently awarded a grant from the            family members with supportive services and benefits.         were challenged to match this gift with new or
                                                           who has been the volunteer physician director for                                                                       Department of Veterans Affairs to be the Supportive             The SSVF program constitutes an extension of that             increased donations from individual community
                                                           the San Mateo Breast Care Clinic since 2000. Dr.                                                                        Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) provider for San           existing collaboration of care providers, offering            members and foundations. Thanks to all of
                                                           Twieg is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and                                                                       Mateo County. Shelter Network and Samaritan House               critical family need and rental assistance.                   you, we not only met this match, but exceeded
                                                           Preventive Medicine, has post doctoral training                                                                         have a shared history of more than two decades of               Shelter Network and Samaritan House have worked               it by more than $200,000. This resulted in the
                                                           in occupational medicine, and a Masters in Public                                                                       working together to support low-income and homeless             both independently and cooperatively, on the                  grant match from the Sobrato Family Foundation
                                                           Health from the University of California, Berkeley.                                                                     families and individuals in San Mateo County. Both              Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program               of $105,000, received in August 2011. This
                                                                                                                                                                                   organizations are reaching out to partner agencies to           (HPRP), funded by federal stimulus dollars to provide         brings the total to $205,000! We very much
                                                           Following are highlights of the interview:                                                                              ensure that their services will be accessed by veterans,        housing assistance to eligible residents of San Mateo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 appreciate all of you who stepped up to meet
                                                           on longevity                                                on collaboration                                            and this news brings a unique opportunity to make               County. This partnership is strong, and will bring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this challenge.
                                                           We have developed an ongoing program with                   We collaborate with Mills Women’s Center for all            deeper investments in serving this population.                  needed services to underserved veterans in San Mateo
                                                           patients who like and trust us, and they are happy          our mammography and ultrasounds, and with the               Samaritan House will coordinate with the staff at               County. Watch for updates in the coming months on             The Sobrato Family Foundation (
                                                           to come back for yearly visits. Therefore, we have an       San Mateo County Medical Center for biopsies and            the Department of Veterans Affairs in Menlo Park,               our website,, and on our               supports strong community-based nonprofits
                                                           excellent record of performing regular yearly complete      surgical referrals. For women who are under 40,             CA, and continue to partner with other service                  Twitter and Facebook pages.                                   that promote self-reliance and economic
    in the Community                                       breast exams and mammography, which can be                  we collaborate with the Gabriella Patser Program                                                                                                                                          independence, and is dedicated to creating
                                                           challenging when patients move in and out of the area.      of private practice surgeons, under the auspices of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a community where all residents have equal
                                                                                                                       Breast Cancer Connections in Palo Alto.                     Blue sHield aWards $40,000 granT For san MaTeo clinic
    Dear Friends,                                          on challenges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 opportunities to live, work, and lead enriched
                                                           One of our main challenges is keeping track of the          on success stories                                                                                                                                                                        and healthy lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF)
                                                           patients and their addresses, and communicating             Each year, we are able to tell nearly 350 visitors to the   announced in late August it was awarding Samaritan
                                                           effectively with them regarding their annual exam           clinic that their exams and mammograms are normal.          House $40,000 in general operating support for the
                      011 Samaritan House Holiday          reminders and follow-up, as needed. Our wonderful           Obviously, this is enormously reassuring for those          Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic of San Mateo.                                                                                         volunteer highlights:
                     son brings familiar scenes to the     coordinator, Eileen Lopez-Guerra, whose position            women worried about symptoms such as a pain or a            The funding helps provide needed care to uninsured
                      munity: toys and food for more       is funded by a Susan B. Komen Foundation Grant,             lump, or for those with a family history of cancer. We      Central San Mateo County residents. The grant is part
                                                           keeps track of all the mammograms, biopsies and             also do find cancers in several of our patients every       of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the statewide
    than 1300 families; children donating allowances                                                                   year, and hope that this early detection does indeed
                                                           tests, as well as address changes from clients, to                                                                      network of community clinics and health centers,
    and savings to other children less fortunate; adults                                                               save lives. One patient whose cancer we detected was                                                                        “The Samaritan House Free Clinic of San Mateo              Vanessa loVe sHares Her loVe oF
                                                           ensure that we provide the best follow-up possible.                                                                     helping them provide high quality health care to
    buying gifts and adopting families and seniors;        Dr. Lynn Rosenstock and I couldn’t do our jobs in           a homeless woman living in her car, and we made it a        millions of vulnerable Californians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   continues to provide care because of support from          Wee care WiTH projecT We care Book
                                                                                                                       priority to make sure she was properly diagnosed and                                                                        volunteers, including doctors, dentists, and nurses,
    teenagers fixing new bicycles; and thousands           the clinic without Eileen, and we are very appreciative
                                                           of the Komen Grant.                                         promptly referred for appropriate treatment.                “Samaritan House is a vital part of California’s safety net,”   and financial assistance from community partners like
    of volunteers giving their time and their energy                                                                                                                               said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of BSCF. “The         the Blue Shield Foundation. Their generosity helps
    to helping our neighbors have a joyful holiday.                                                                                                                                struggling economy and cuts to key public services make         us maintain services and care for more patients,” said
    Businesses and foundations generously support                                                                                                                                  community clinics more important than ever.”                    Kitty Lopez, Samaritan House Executive Director.
    our safety net programs. Volunteers and staff          sequoia HealTHcare disTricT aWards saMariTan House $43,000
    launch social media at Samaritan House through         For neW BreasT care prograM
    Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. You will read these      redWood ciTy                                                                                                            Franklin TeMpleTon “social Media cHallenge” earns $10,000
                                                                                                                                                                                   For Financial liTeracy educaTion
    stories in this issue of The Samaritan.                Last spring, the Sequoia Healthcare District
                                                           awarded $43,000 to the Samaritan House Free                                                                             The Samaritan House “Social Media Challenge,”
    The season also brings other scenes that you won’t     Clinic of Redwood City in order to provide                                                                              sponsored by Franklin Templeton Investments, raised
    see in print. These are the stories of women, men,     funding for a Breast Care Clinic staffed by a                                                                           $10,000 this summer. The funding will be used to
    and families struggling to stay above water each       “Patient Navigator.” A Patient Navigator is                                                                             provide financial literacy classes for Samaritan House
                                                           important to many patients, particularly the poor                                                                       clients. The response was overwhelming, with a frenzy
    day. Just this week I have met several people we       and underserved, who may have trouble getting                                                                           of “tweeting” and Facebook updates at the program’s
    have helped. Mary had received food from the           adequate care due to the lack of information,                                                                           “finale”—a testament that social media is not only here
    Samaritan House Pantry and a job referral from         financial assistance, social support, or trans-                                                                         to stay, but is becoming a key player in cause-related
    our case manager. She wanted to volunteer to help      portation. The Patient Navigator helps guide clients                                                                    marketing . Fans and Followers are now serving as
                                                           through the health care system, helping to improve                                                                      brand champions and ambassadors for Samaritan                                                                              Vanessa Love, known as the “Wee Care Lady,” wrote
    others, as she was helped by us. I met a gentleman     their quality of care, extend, and even save lives.                                                                     House and other local nonprofit associations, such as                                                                      the book on Project Wee Care. She is pictured on the right
    visiting the Rotary Club who thanked me for the                                                                                                                                Second Harvest Food Bank and St. Vincent DePaul.                                                                           along with her friend and Wee Care presentation partner,
                                                           Sequoia Healthcare District Board Chair Kim                 Samaritan House Executive Director Kitty Lopez
    Samaritan House Medical Clinic’s helping him                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Susan Graham.
                                                           Griffin commented, “Sequoia Healthcare District is          said the agency is “thrilled to have Sequoia                Amanda Byers, head of Corporate Citizenship for
    when he had lost his job and health insurance. A       committed to providing preventative breast health and       Healthcare District’s support for a new Breast Care         Franklin Templeton, commented: “We are really                                                                              Vanessa Love could not have a more perfect name for her calling
    veteran visited our Board meeting who was on the       coordination of breast cancer care to a population that     Clinic as part of the Samaritan House Free Clinic           pleased to help Samaritan House in their efforts to                                                                        in life. She loves children, she loves the Samaritan House Wee
    verge of homelessness and losing his new job, if       traditionally has lacked this service. Personally, I urge   of Redwood City. Through the Breast Care Patient            engage people in a new and exciting way. Through                                                                           Care Program, and most of all, she loves spreading the word!
                                                           primary care providers to follow the lead of agencies       Navigator, we can close the gap between prevention          social media initiatives, Samaritan House can better                                                                       That was what inspired her to write and illustrate a book about
    we had not helped him with his rent. Finally, a man
                                                           such as Samaritan House and county health services to       services and health treatment for many low-income           mobilize our community to help clients achieve their                                                                       Wee Care to go along with the presentations she regularly makes
    formerly making $85,000 a year lost his job and        step up and do the same.”                                   uninsured women in our community.”                          goals of self-sufficiency.”                                                                                                at Baywood Elementary School in San Mateo.
    needed assistance to keep his family of 3 children
    stable in their home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “I wrote this book because I really felt that the children at Baywood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Elementary needed to learn about the Wee Care program and
    These are the stories behind the work of Samaritan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Samaritan House in a fun and yet educational way,” she states.
                                                                           development and public relations:                Making a Difference                                                                                                                                                               The colorful book, which includes creative line drawings with
    House every day. This is why we must continue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              captions, explains what Samaritan House does and how kids can
    to keep the safety net of services alive and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              help. It’s a great learning tool, and an important one, so that kids
    strong: food, clothing, counseling, medical and                                                                                                                                        “like” saMariTan House on FaceBook:                                                                                learn at an early age about helping others.
    dental care, shelter, housing assistance. Everyone     saMariTan House launcHes social                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vanessa lives in San Mateo County with her husband Julian,
    deserves a chance to succeed and live a better         neTWorks and neW Blog                                                                                                   The official Facebook page is the perfect way to introduce Samaritan House to a broad and diverse audience.                and children Beech and Annie. In addition to her work with
                                                           by Krystle Chappell, volunteer                                                                                          Facebook currently boasts over 800 million users, and is a great platform to develop community engagement,                 the Wee Care Program, she has also volunteered for many years
    quality of life. “Neighbor helping neighbor” is
                                                           Are you looking for a way to connect with Samaritan House from the                                                      launch campaigns, and share with other organizations and partners. “Like” the Samaritan House’s page, which                with organizations such as San Mateo Suicide Prevention
    not simply a motto; it is a lifeline. Our neighbors                                                                                                                            allows you to read our latest news, client profiles and success stories, post story links, photos, and videos, and share
                                                           comfort of your home computer, or the convenience of your Smart-                                                                                                                                                                                   Center and AmeriCorps.
    need us more than ever today. And we need your         phone? What about getting the latest news on volunteer and donation                                                     content with your Friends and Followers. Have a new idea for this newsletter or for our blog? Post it on Facebook!
    support for them.                                      opportunities? Samaritan House’s launch last summer on Twitter,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Editor’s Note: The Wee
                                                           Facebook, and Wordpress blog, is exciting news for those wishing to                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Care Program, which launches
    Have a prosperous holiday season!                      broaden their online participation with us, and offers us a dynamic                                                     suBscriBe To THe saMariTan House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        each new school year, allows
                                                           new way to communicate with our audience.                                                                               oFFicial Blog:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        elementary schoolchildren to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       support Samaritan House
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Samaritan House blog publishes once a week, and                                                                                                                  by collecting donations in
                                                                                                                                                                                   contains more in-depth posts then you will see on the                                                                                                                the community for food and
    Kitty Lopez, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                social media updates, such as a client story, a look at                                                                                                              clothing. For more information
                                                                    FolloW saMariTan House on TWiTTer:
                                                                                                                                                                                   how homelessness is handled in the media, and other                                                                                                                  and to get involved, contact:
    Samaritan House                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                   inspiring stories of change and overcoming challenge.
                                                           On Twitter, a form of “mini” posting with a limit of 140 characters, users can follow Samaritan House at the            The blog is a great place for you to post comments,
                                                           address above, “retweet” our posts, and also mention us at @samaritan_house. Updated several times a day, the           suggest blog post ideas, or just say hello. You can
                                                           Samaritan House Twitter “tweets” link to articles and multimedia of interest regarding homelessness and hunger,         subscribe on the upper right corner on the blog home
                                                           today’s economic challenges and job climate, and also the Samaritan House Facebook posts and blog.                      page, just fill in your e-mail address.

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