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March 2004 • Vol 9. No. 1• www.casaallegra.org • 415.499.1116x115
Together We Can Make a Difference Thurs. April 1
W e have been talking for several issues now about
the economic instability and "unknown" of our
services, supports, and the service delivery systems.
* Download Chevy’s
We at Casa Allegra Community Services want to hold flyer at casaallegra.org,
true to our values of integrity, caring, courage and pick one up in the
perseverance. We need to work together with our office, or call 415-499-
community to keep us strong. 1116, ext 499, and we
Casa Allegra Community Services is very excited
to announce our new recycling business. Recycle your
will mail you one.
used cell phones and empty printer and toner Wed. April 14
cartridges with us. We are asking for your trash, not River Rock Casino
your cash! Geyserville
Not only will you help CACS continue to do what
we do best which is to provide people with developmental disabilities a life designed Reservations required.
around their individual wishes and qualities, but you are helping the environment. Please complete
Kevin, Elijah, Krystal and others are gung ho to volunteer their time and efforts registration form on
to get this off the ground. They are busy putting together packets, educating the page 3 and return by
community, delivering and picking up recycling supplies throughout Marin. The goal April 10.
is to have enough accounts to hire these guys so they can get paid for their hard work
and exuberance as entrepreneurs and ambassadors of Casa Allegra and the Thurs. April 22
environment. 3:30 – 6:30 pm
We really need your help and it is so easy. Take a moment to fill out the sign up Earth Day
sheet inside on page 7. Think about the connections you have in your neighborhood Environmental Fair
and work place. Ask yourself who uses ink jet and toner cartridges. Canvas your
neighborhood for used cell phones. Did you know the average family has 3 used cell
phones? We will do the work with the companies and people who sign up to make Northgate Mall.
the process effortless. Sat. May 8
Together we can make a difference in the lives of people with developmental Marin Human Race
disabilities and the environment.
~Chris Bonfiglio Marin Civic Center
Time to Lace up Those Running Shoes
The 22nd Annual Marin Human Race is Saturday, May 8th
support for our community of individuals who are
J oin CACS and over 100 other nonprofit organizations.
This is no ordinary race – this is a happening. The
grounds at the Marin Civic Center provide the beautiful
developmentally disabled. So join us in the race, or join
with us in raising much needed funds to keep our clients
setting for this four mile run/walk. safe and healthy.
Entertainment of all kinds can be found at the start We welcome your help by participating in the race,
and finish line and along the race route itself. Last year assisting our clients along the route, staffing our booth
we enjoyed a barbershop quartet, a teenage accapella and/or helping with our picnic after the race.
group, drummers, Wings of Song and more. Walking, • To participate in planning or on race day, call Jane
rather than running, is a great way to enjoy the sights Scurich at 415-499-1116 x 499 or Debbie Falvey at 415-
and sounds, and all levels of participation are 499-1116 x 323.
encouraged. • To sponsor a participant, please send your donation in
While it’s a fun and happening event, it is also the the enclosed self addressed envelope, attn Human Race,
major fundraiser for Casa Allegra Community Services. or log on to www.casaallegra.org, click Network for
Proceeds from the Human Race allow us to continue our Good and donate via credit card.
29 year history of providing exemplary, individualized
Terry Nevin Celebrates 20 Years as RN for CACS
always searching for the most effective treatment to
meet each individual’s needs.
When she’s not busy consulting with the ever
growing circle of therapists, pharmacists, general
practitioners and specialists, Terry puts her Master
Gardener skills to work around the gardens of each
home, adds a bit of artistic flair to decorating bedrooms
and is a readily available friend to all, family and staff
alike. JR and Joe often enjoy dinner with Terry’s family
and friends. A great net worker, Terry is instrumental in
receiving many wonderful donations of furniture and
funds to assist CACS.
T erry Nevin was recently honored for her twenty year
commitment to Casa Allegra, serving as the RN for
the individuals receiving residential services.
A woman with unlimited energy, Terry just returned
from a medical mission to Peru where she assisted
While Terry’s job description is for less than a full volunteer physicians performing surgery for children
time position, the reality is that her pager is always with with orthopedic needs. In her spare time she is on the
her and rings frequently at all hours of the day and night. planning committee for the Breast Cancer Fashion Show
No stranger to emergency rooms, Terry is always there in September and is Mother-of-the-Bride for Nicole’s
for our residents when help is needed. Terry oversees upcoming wedding.
the medical needs and charting for twenty people, Thanks for the countless contributions you have
insuring the latest medical instructions are followed, made to CACS in the past twenty years, Terry!
Whatever happened to... Alison Falvey?
in her active life to participant in the Novato Mother's
A lthough Alison
formal employment as
co-director of CACS in 2002,
Club, organize daily activities for her own two children,
her many nieces and nephews, and also to stay involved
she did not leave the years in enriching the lives of others, including people from
of friendships she developed Casa Allegra. JR enjoys holidays with the Falveys and fun
far behind. and games with Toula and Ikaria, Larry has monthly dinner
Alison left her mark at dates at the Falvey’s and Alison shares her love of
Casa Allegra Community
swimming with Lupe.
Services. Her direct, yet
supportive manner, attention As Alison and Tim await the birth of their third child,
to detail, work ethic, and we wish them well and are blessed with her invaluable
personnel and residential support.
manuals will never be forgotten. We will always be
grateful for her walks in the rain when she was seven
months pregnant or her midnight drives to help residents
Alison is currently our most active volunteer and has
been instrumental in the success of our annual BOARD OF DIRECTORS
participation in the Human Race, the Staff Appreciation
Jacki Anderson President
Dinner, and the Holiday Party. Alison took on the role of Margaret Farley Secretary
Santa’s assistant and shopped for Christmas gifts for all of Peter Murphy Treasurer
the folks in our residential settings. She recently helped Larry Mason • Gretchen McMenimen
plan and prepare Terry Nevin’s 20-year celebration Ann Newman • Sue Peters
luncheon. Parents love to hear that familiar English accent ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
when she calls to organize parent efforts for various
Chris Bonfiglio Executive Director
Debbie Falvey Administrative Assistant
When Alison decided to retire from service to Casa Ole-Jan Hafstad Director of Residential Services
Allegra, she made a commitment to keep in touch with Jo Maynard Director of Supported Living
some of the people who she knew would feel her absence Daniel Reichling Director of Day Services
the most and most needed a "significant other" in their Jane Scurich Director of Development
lives. She is part of a working "extended family" (aka ARTICLES CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF
circle of support) for both Janette and Joe. She finds time LAYOUT AND DESIGN: SantangeloDesign.com
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young adults who have been visiting Head Start
Dusty’s Puppets classrooms in San Rafael and Novato, with the support
of CACS day program staff. Dusty had an idea. She
gathered together some Sesame Street, Muppet, and
Disney character puppets, along with recorded music, to
produce a series of short puppet shows to present to the
children. Now it's a weekly event, with a different show
Dusty wanted to take her idea further. She found
some additional character puppets on eBay to expand
her repertoire. She has performed for birthday parties
of children 1-4, including that of one of her housemates,
Lexie, age 1. She did a show for a large group of
enthusiastic children at the Matrix/Harley Toy Run in
December. Her supported living housemate arranged
for some performances for the children in day care at the
Y. Dusty presented one of her shows for a women's
group to which her mom belongs, and everyone was so
excited that they gave referrals to preschools and day
care groups which would be interested.
This is how a microenterprise is born !
If you are interested in having "Dusty's Puppets"
D usty is a young woman who has always enjoyed
"being on stage." From the time that she was a little
girl, she has loved to perform for an audience. She has
perform at a young child's party, contact Dusty's
housemate Angela at 472-7079 for a brochure. If you
would like a performance for any group of children
also shown a real skill for manipulating hand puppets to during the hours of the CACS day program, contact
make you believe that the characters are really talking or Daniel Reichling at the CACS office. In the near future,
singing. Dusty has Down syndrome, and uses her unique look for Dusty to open a stall at a Farmers' Market,
sense of humor to bring smiles to children's faces where she will entertain the children and perhaps sell
throughout the community. puppets. Coming soon: Dusty's Puppets web site at
Recently, this has all come together for Dusty. As a homepage.mac.com/daled99/dusty'spuppets/.
Casa Allegra volunteer, she has been one of several
Please Join Us
at the River Rock Casino Wednesday, April 14
Meet us at the CACS office
4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite 121 San Rafael
PLEASE RESERVE A SPACE FOR ME ON THE
Your package price of $20.00 per person RIVER ROCK CASINO TRIP
• Round trip transportation on our own private NAME:_______________________________________
luxury motorcoach which will leave San Rafael
promptly at 11:30 AM and arrive in the Number in party: _____________________________
beautiful Alexander Valley at 1 pm
• $20 cash back
• An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, open until 2 pm My check for $ _____________________ is attached
• FREE membership to River Rock Casino
• 5 hours of Las Vegas style gambling including Do you have questions? Please call Jane Scurich
blackjack, three card poker, pai gow poker, @ 415-499-1116 x 499.
and state-of-the-art slots
Return reservation and payment to:
• We will leave the casino at 6 pm and be back
Casa Allegra Community Services,
in San Rafael by 7:30 pm 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
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The Mall at Northgate Kicks Off
CACS Cell Phone/Inkjet and Toner Cartridge Recycling
H ave you been to the Mall at Northgate lately? Don’t miss the fantastic exhibit case showcasing CACS in the
hallway between Rite Aid and the movie theatres. We want to thank Sandra Kim, Marketing Manager at the Mall
and The Macerich Company for supporting our recycling efforts.
From February 22 through Earth Day, April 22, shoppers can bring empty ink jet and toner cartridges to The Mall
at Northgate Guest Services kiosk. Unwanted cell phones will be accepted at Radio Shack, Cellular World and One
Touch Wireless store locations within The Mall at Northgate. Shoppers donating cell phones will also receive a
special discount offer.
On Earth Day CACS will be participating in an environmental fair hosted by The Mall from 3:30 – 6:30 PM, so stop
by and visit us!
CACS Signs Up With ebay Lister
Clean out your closets and raise money for Casa Allegra Community Services!
AuctionDrop™ provides a simple and convenient way for people to sell on eBay, and will turn your unwanted
household items into cash donations that fund important programs at our organization!
Donating through the AuctionDrop Fundraising Program is so easy. Just identify household or collectible items that
you would otherwise put in the garage or sell on consignment, and take them to your nearest AuctionDrop store.
Tell your AuctionDrop advisor that you want CACS to receive the net proceeds of the sale, and AuctionDrop will do
the rest. AuctionDrop lists your items on eBay and sends the net sale proceeds to our organization as a tax-
deductible cash donation on your behalf!
What can I donate?
Select items that have an estimated eBay value of at least $50 and weigh less than 150 lbs. Certain items, such as
weapons and those containing hazardous materials, are not allowed.
How can I donate?
Fundraising through AuctionDrop is year-round, and there is no appointment necessary.
The nearest AuctionDrop location is:
Montecito Shopping Center
219 3rd St., San Rafael.
Open 7 day a week, Hours Mon - Sat 10 - 6, Sun 10 - 5.
IT’S TAX TIME! Donate For Charity processes vehicle donations for
nonprofits. They arrange for vehicle pickup, handle DMV issues, sell
V E H I C L E
the vehicle at auction, and distributes the net proceeds to CACS. D O N AT I O N
You’ll help CACS and receive a receipt entitling you to deduct the call DONATE FOR CHARITY
fair market value of your vehicle as a tax deduction. toll free 866.392.4483
Register for eScrip, the no cost to you fundraiser.
Visit www.casaallegra.org, click on eScrip and register or
Call for registration forms and further information at 415.499.1116 x499.
C A C S W I S H L I S T ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
American Airlines Travel Miles
Restaurant Gift Certificates
Dishes – Plates, Cups
Health Club Memberships
Sporting Event Tickets
Museum Admission Tickets
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CACS Holiday Party Dec. 2003
I t has become a well-known fact that the Sunday before
December 25th is Casa Allegra Community Services’
Holiday Party. Once again, Marin Catholic graciously
provided the cafeteria for our celebration.
We were delighted to welcome the National Charity
League to help us. Teams of mothers and daughters
arrived early to decorate the trees, walls and tables. Fresh
teams arrived to assist us at the party, serving, and
bussing tables. Students from MC and Marin Academy
helped with beverages and clean-up.
Lynn Holbrook, mother of ACS client Jonathan
Holbrook, along with his godmother, Lonnie Suhrke,
planned and prepared a delicious dinner and gorgeous How old is
Residents, family and friends old and new began
arriving. Mia looked beautiful and Elija, so handsome. It
was so good to see and hear Michael Valcour sing, and to
welcome his family who traveled down from Sacramento.
What a voice!
Eileen Falvey the co-founder of Casa Allegra
Community Services and her son Mikel were up from
The atmosphere was great; the spirit of the holiday
time clearly present. It is amazing that a party of 150
could feel like a wonderful family event. The generosity of
parents completely paid for this terrific evening, truly a
marvelous gift in this financially challenged year.
Our popular DJ, Skip Heil, arrived with sparkling
lights, a fog machine and a great sound system. The
dance floor was definitely the place to be! I only wish I
could dance like Eny and Michael!
Smiling clients departed with a Secret Santa gift,
candy canes and a special treat from board member,
A huge thank you to the holiday committee, families
and friends of Casa Allegra Community Services who
made the party such an evening to remember.
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Mr. & Mrs. Walter A Adams
Mr. & Mrs. John Allen OUR MOST RECENT GRANTS AND DONATIONS In memory of Steven Douglas
Mr. & Mrs. R. C. Amore Mr. & Mrs. Ray Gomez Carol Price Ray & Ning Douglas
Dawn Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Frank Goodall Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Quinlan
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bechelli Mr. & Mrs. Jacques Gosselin Linda Ratner and John Tinloy In memory of Jim Early
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Beckner Mr. & Mrs. Don Grant Kathy Riordan James and Leone Andrews
Ellen Bennett John Grant Karen S Robidoux
Dr. & Mrs. William Berger Mr. & Mrs. Milton Greenfield Mr. Eric Roby In memory of Liam J Falvey
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard S Berkowitz Irmelin Hafstad Mr. John Rumsey Tim Falvey
Mr. & Mrs. Dave Biggio Mr. & Mrs. William Haley Judith Sanford
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Birch Bob & Dorothy Hancock Jeanne Santangelo In memory of Mr. John McMullen
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Black Steve Haramis Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sauve Mr. and Mrs. James R. Nelson
Charles Bloomer Jr. Linda B Haskett Karen Schurig Chapman and Cutler LLP
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bonfiglio Michael Haskett Mrs. Louis Scurich William M. Libit
Rich Bonfiglio Deidra Head Michael & Jane Scurich
Mr. & Mrs. Graham Bray Mr. & Mrs. Philip Henry Bill & Judith Ann Sherman In memory of Thomas Montgomery
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bruciati Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Heschong Mr. & Mrs. William G Sloan Michael & Kay McCarthy
Mary Jane Burke Rick & Lu Hoadley Mr. & Mrs. Robert L Sobel
Thomas J and Shane T Burris Johnathan & Lynn Holbrook Richurd & Patti Somers In memory of Ann Mullen
Calico Corners Lisa Hopkins Clara Solvason Peter & Jane Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. John Callan Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hood Mr. & Mrs. Rick Spencer
Paul & Barbara Camera Mr. & Mrs. Dan Hoskins Barbara Stephens In memory of Alexa Sobel
Nancy Chandler Elizabeth G Huntington Pati Stoliar Rita Berkowitz
Kim Chandler Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Jelniker David Stolich Rob Sobel
The Club Club Mr. & Mrs. Alan Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Barry A Stricker
Valerie Colman Richard Kapp Mr. & Mrs. Wilfred Swalberg In memory of Mary Stolich
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Comings John Kiefer Mr. & Mrs. Karl Szemeredi Peter & Jane Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. William Cook Mary S Kmak Laura S Targgart
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Cookston Gregory J Kolb Joyce Thornton In honor of Michael Birch
Pamela Covillo David and Ginger Koel Mr. & Mrs. Gary Towslee Jeff & Laura Jelniker
Mr. and Mrs. James Coyle Mr. & Mrs. David Kortman Janice Tremblay
Aldo & Robert Cozzi Marcia Kuvara Mr. & Mrs. James Triplett In honor of Jeff and Julie Brand
Mr. and Mrs. John Cozzi Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Lamb Mr. and Mrs. George Vaio Ron and Susan Ernst
Mr. & Mrs. John F Craemer Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lannon Anne Voisinet
Fred Craves and Vicki Soulier Mr. & Mrs. Robert Laur Mr. & Mrs. Steven White In honor of Ning and Raymond
Jean Cullin Dr. Donald E Leisey Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Whitfield Douglas
Mr. & Mrs. William Cunningham Madalin Levie Mr. & Mrs. John Wirth Alice G. Perry
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Daly Shelagh Lucia
Mr. & Mrs. Jean-Jacques De Carol Makela In honor of Dusty Dutton
Shadarevian David Marin Businesses and In-Kind Donations Frank & Lois Goodall
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Della Mr. & Mrs. Jim Martin AuctionDrop
Christine F Devlin and Michael Grogan Len Mayfield Calico Corners In honor of Terry Nevin’s 20th
Robert K Ditmore Mr. & Mrs. Noel McCarthy Mill Valley Theatre Company Anniversary with CACS
Keith & Susan Dotto Helen McGowan Friends of Marin Center George and Marilyn Monardo
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Douglas Ms. Patricia McGrath San Francisco Ballet Eileen Falvey
Paul L Drew and Peggy R Peak Mr. & Mrs. Michael P McGrath Center Stage at the Osher Marin JCC
Kevin Dunlop Jack & Gretchen McMenimen Theatre Unlimited In honor of Scott Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Dutton David B McMullen and Edward A The Marin Ballet Charles & Marcella Hood
Mr. & Mrs. William Eades Ortiz Len Mayfield
Walter J Eager Mr. & Mrs. Rick Molinar Grants Joan Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Earnst Mr. & Mrs. George Monardo The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Kathy Murphy
Don Eddlemon Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Monte Foundation Greg & Mary Whitfield
Mr. & Mrs. David Eichel Chris & Ann Morrison Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids
Sylvia Espinsoza Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Murphy In honor of Julia Peters
Mr. & Mrs. John Evans Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M Murphy In memory of Rocky Aitken Brian & Kate Miller
Mrs. Florence Falvey Peter & Jane Murphy Jacquelyn Aitken
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Farbstein Mr. & Mrs. Robert Nealon In honor of Krystal Tremblay
Paul Farbstein Ermina O'Brien In memory of Irene Carlson Valerie Colman
Margaret Farley Mr. & Mrs. Napoleon Olegario Bostelman
Rosemary Fellows Mr. & Mrs. James Parrinello James and Leone Andrews In honor of Andy Woo
Brynda Foster Mr. & Mrs. Harold Pennington Brynda Foster
Eileen Frain Penelope Pera In memory of Michael Cicanese Karl & Nelly Szemerdi
Edith Gardin Mr. & Mrs. Allen Peters Ray & Sharon Gomez
Mr. & Mrs. James Gillespie Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Peters
Teammates for Kids Grant T he Garth Brooks, Teammates for Kids Foundation recently
honored Casa Allegra Community Services with a $10,000 grant
to be used for the health and educational needs of our clients. We
would like to thank Teammates for Kids and some special people
who were instrumental in guiding us through this grant process.
Peter Murphy and his son Scott, a long time resident at Devon,
were hanging around the Aptos golf course clubhouse and had a
chance meeting with Ron Wickum, a dentist in Aptos where the
Murphy’s live. Ron inquired about the nature of Scott’s disabilities.
Ron and many dentists are part of the Teammates organization
and fundraise for them. Ron encouraged CACS to apply for a grant
and he personally forwarded our request to the national
organization. As they say, the rest is history.
Thanks Ron, from all of us at CACS.
Peter Murphy, Scott Murphy, Ron Wickum
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Businesses Partnering with CACS in our Recycling Program
Allstate Insurance Agency Frank Howard Allen Nancy Chandler Graphics
Alzheimer's Association Gentle Care Agency National Cleaners
Arcadia Healthcare Golden State Financial Niz Brown Realty
AuctionDrop Golden State Lumber Oceanic Realty
Bay Area Computer Training Johnson Hershey Coorporation Pacific Union
Brookside Winery La Plaza Mgmet Office Peg Copple & Associates
Cagwin, Seymour & Hamilton Realtors Lexus of Marin Poor Anne's Press
Capri Marketing Company LITA (Love is the Answer) Prandi Property Management
Caroline Barnes & Associates Margaret Farley Law Offices Primary Mortgage Co.
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Marin Capital Corporation Real Estate Magazines
Leadership of Marin Marin Pet Hospital Robert B. Ingram Law Office
Coldwell Banker Marin Symphony San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
Compex Legal Services, Inc. Masterplan H.R. Mgmt Silver Screen Video
Cooks Collision Matrix Smith & Smith
Copy Express Melissa Bradley Real Estate Spencer and Associates
Country Club Bowl Michael Miller Farmers Insurance Group The Graphic Source
Ethelynne Bates Health Insurance Agency Mill Valley City Hall The Mall at Northgate
Family Services Agency Mill Valley Optometry Tim's Treads
First American Title Company of Marin Mill Valley Refuse
INKJET/LASER CARTRIDGE • CELL PHONE RECYCLING
• Cell phones contain toxic materials such as arsenic, lead and zinc
• Half a gallon of oil is conserved for every laser cartridge returned. With the United States
consuming approximately 700 million gallons of oil a day, we are helping to conserve a valuable
natural resource. Remember – oil is a non-renewable fossil fuel, and it can not be remade.
• Every year over 300 million cartridges are thrown away. In terms of weight, that is equivalent to
over 30,500 African Elephants!
Sign me up to recycle my cell phones, toner and ink cartridges with
Casa Allegra Community Services.
Contact Name: ————————————————
I would like collection materials (Please check)
__ prepaid envelopes to mail printer cartridges
__ prepaid FedEx boxes to return toner cartridges
__ prepaid labels to ship used cell phones
__ collection box for my office
Fax to: 415-499-0575 or mail to 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite 121, San Rafael, CA 94903
Or, visit or website at www.casaallegra.org to download cell phone shipping labels.
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San Rafael, CA 94903
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Casa Allegra Community Services (CACS), a nonprofit agency, has been providing
services for adolescents and adults with disabilities and their families in Marin County
since 1975. CACS supports individuals through four separate but integrated services:
• Residential care is provided in three homes located in San Rafael neighborhoods.
• Community Living Services (CLS) provides support in the person’s
home or apartment.
• Adult Community Services (ACS) offers non-site
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