Filling Hearts with Hope
Our team of hearty volunteers gathered on a bright, sunny morning to accept generous donations and do a little last-minute assembly.
First stop was to the home of Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik and two darling little daughters, Dani and Maya. Alicia is truly an inspiration. This family is new to California having left an unsafe domestic situation in their home state of Louisiana. They are working hard to settle into the new community. Alicia has her AA degree and is determined to finish college and become a civil engineer once her California residency is established. When we arrived at their apartment, the family had just a few temporary items that were on loan.
When we arrived, the family left and our volunteers got to work making their home beautiful and comfortable. There were smiles all around when the family returned home.
“Oh! This is so elegant!” – Alicia
Our second team took off for the apartment of Regina and her 16-year-old son Rennan, 11-year-old daughter Marina and adorable baby Samuel. Regina and her children also fled an abusive relationship in another state, returning to California with only their clothes and a few items. Regina said she felt alone and afraid. She wondered when she would be able to give a decent home to her children again. She commutes to Daly City for a part-time job and cleans houses on the side.
The family’s faces were filled with joy when they saw their home transformed.
“My apartment is now a real home! It comforted the hearts of my children and filled my heart with hope. Everything was done with much love and affection in small details that will mark my life and my children forever.” – Regina
The smiles say it all … you have forever changed the lives of these families and given them warm and comfortable homes where they can forge bright futures.
Many thanks to all those in our community who have helped make such a difference including our wonderful business sponsors for their in-kind donations: Chipman Relocation & Logistics, Birch Circle Movers, City Carpets, and Studio 64 Marin Artists’ Co-op.
Grateful Gatherings Marin