Welcoming Home was founded by the former chapter heads of Grateful Gatherings Marin.
About This Picture
L to R: Francisco L. - Single father and chef; Laurie W. - volunteer; Marsha R. - Co-Founder; Laura L., Grandmother; Kathleen M. – volunteer; Greg H. – Co-Founder; Francisco L. Sr. - Grandfather and Chris L. - Grandson. We chose this picture for our home page because it represents the three generations in a family that we helped, along with some of us on the volunteer team, all gathered in the family’s “new” living room.
100% of all donations go directly to helping the families we serve.
“With the divisiveness and turmoil that pervades our country right now, there is hope in seeing the direct impact that a caring community can make in the lives of its residents who need help.” ~ Marsha Roberts, Co-Founder
ABOUT THE FAMILIES
These families have been through major hardships. They’ve often escaped abusive relationships or dangerous, strife-ridden home countries. Thanks to local Marin social service agencies, they now have safe and relatively affordable housing, sometimes after being on a Section 8 waiting list for years. While awaiting housing, the families typically live in shelters, in single rooms or in their cars.
“I like that the items I donate go straight from me to the family in need in the same day". ~ Jennifer F., Donor
WHERE WE COME IN
When the day finally arrives that the families can move into their “new” home, they have no furniture or household items: no beds, no chairs, no tables, no dishes, no towels, etc. That’s where we and our wonderful Marin community come in. Through our generous donors, we provide the families with brand new beds, linens and towels; plus, high quality, gently used furniture and household goods. What’s more, thanks to our phenomenal volunteers, we move everything in and set it all up in one day … installing furniture, making the beds, hanging pictures, organizing kitchen items, etc.
“Thank you for giving us a beautiful home and bikes for us to ride and a bed for Poncho (the dog). I feel like I have so much more control over my life and I feel so cared for. I can’t remember the last time I felt like this. This is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. Thank you and every person who had a hand in this gift for my family and me.” ~ Maraea M., working single mom with three children