Shelter Network Celebrates 2011 Benefit Breakfast
On October 6, Shelter Network celebrated our Annual Benefit Breakfast, honoring 24 years of serving homeless families and individuals on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Thanks to over 1,100 guests, and a powerful call-to-action from San Mateo Chief of Police, Susan Manheimer, the Benefit Breakfast was a great success, enabling the agency to continue year-round housing and supportive services. Many Breakfast donations will have triple the impact, with a generous $2:$1 match grant from the Sobrato Family Foundation.
We invite you to watch video highlights from the event, including:
Shelter Network graduate Cheryll, a Veteran, shared her personal challenge with homelessness. A single mother with a newborn daughter, Cheryll went days without sleep and feigned illness so that she could rest in the emergency room at a local hospital. Shelter Network helped her to not only regain housing, but also rebuild her confidence and go back to school. Today she is training as an Emergency Medical Technician, giving back to the community in every way she can.
Leigh Anne Tuohy’s keynote address inspired us to dare to take chances on those who society deems valueless. “All we did was turn the car around and offered this young man hope, and love, and opportunity, which is what Shelter Network does every single day,” said Tuohy.
Three Volunteer Excellence awards were presented: to Franklin Templeton for corporate community spirit; to Maria Pleadwell, our long-time, amazing volunteer; and to James Cannice, our enthusiastic and compassionate teen volunteer.
The success of the 2011 Benefit Breakfast renews our commitment to provide effective and cost-efficient services to those in need. With your help, Shelter Network continues to drive high-quality standards and a 90% success rate for graduating families, who maintain ongoing self-sufficiency and permanently break the cycle of homelessness.
We are deeply grateful for the continued partnership of so many in the community – people like you.