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Year-End Highlights: a note from the Executive Director

August 26, 2011

Dear Friends,

Six months have passed since I joined Shelter Network as the new Executive Director. How time flies! It has been an exciting and gratifying experience, and I want to take a moment to share with you some of our FY2011 accomplishments and plans for the year ahead.

In the past year, Shelter Network served 4,397 homeless men, women, and children, including an increased number of Veterans. We expanded our programs to meet the growing need, providing more families and individuals with emergency and transitional shelter, as well as homeless prevention assistance, scholarships for higher education, financial literacy classes, and job skills training.

Some of our other notable accomplishments include:

  • In June, we ended the 2011 Fiscal Year with a balanced budget, accompanied by achieving the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the third consecutive year.
  • We engaged over 12,000 volunteers last year, and were recognized by the Volunteer Center as one of the top 5 non-profits to volunteer in the Bay Area.
  • We piloted a new on-site summer camp for children at our Menlo Park shelter. View pictures and video on the “Camp Haven” blog at
  • We launched a cloud-based Salesforce data system that enables us to more effectively capture, evaluate, and report information on the client families and individuals served in our programs.
  • We implemented a new HR initiative, the “Happiness Plan,” comprised of cost-efficient benefits to improve staff retention and recognition for outstanding performance.

Looking ahead, the staff, Board of Directors, and I remain positive and enthusiastic about the future. A new chapter in the history of Shelter Network begins in 2012 as we celebrate the organization’s 25th year of serving the homeless on the San Francisco Peninsula. Stay tuned for special events and giving opportunities throughout the year to commemorate this important milestone!

In closing, I hope to see you Thursday, October 6th at our Annual Benefit Breakfast. This year’s event features keynote speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration for the award-winning 2009 film The Blind Side. More information and tickets are available on our website:

Thank you for your continued support of Shelter Network’s work to serve the homeless. Our accomplishments would not be possible without the in-kind and financial donations of our generous public and private partners throughout the community. We are so very grateful.

With gratitude,

Karae M. Lisle
Executive Director

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