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How To Respond To Anti-AAPI Hate, by Cherie M. Querol Moreno

Cherie M. Querol Moreno, Journalist and Got Wheels! Program Manager at Peninsula Family Service, has written the article, How To Respond To Anti-AAPI Hate, during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Please read the excerpt from the article and click on the link below to view the full article published in, Positively Filipino Magazine: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a historic event…

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Peninsula Family Service “La Esperanza Vive” needs volunteers

The group “La Esperanza Vive” of the Peninsula Family Service Agency in Redwood City is looking for volunteers who speak Spanish to provide company to grandparents who due to life circumstances have been left alone. Rosa Aurora, a participant in the group, is 24 years old in the US and assures that the program has helped her. “It has helped me a lot because loneliness sometimes attacks very badly,” said Rosa. Volunteers help these people…

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Annual Report 2021: Financial Overview

Thank you to all our individual, auxiliary, governmental, and corporate and community partners for your generous support for PFS and those most in need in our community. In total PFS spent $16,267,265 of which $13,927,338 (86%) was for program expenses and $2,339,927 (14%) was for core support services, leadership, and innovation. Due to the timing of the report publication, the financial results have not been certified by our auditors. Read the full 2021 Annual Report…

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Annual Report 2021: Volunteers

Over the last eighteen months, individuals and group volunteers have continued to support Peninsula Family Service (PFS) participants with distanced projects to let our community know just how valued they are.   Food security has consistently been a high priority to the community PFS supports. Donations of meal and pantry boxes have poured in with an impressive amount of more than 29,871 boxes given out. Donations of non-perishable, pre-cooked meals, and Thanksgiving dinners supplemented the food…

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Annual Report 2021: Award Honorees

AWARD WINNERS IMPACT: STEM from the START In October 2021, Peninsula Family Service (PFS) will award two very special 2020-2021 awards.  To read more about these award winners,  see the FY20-21 PFS Annual report,  https://www.peninsulafamilyservice.org/awardwinning-honorees-for-2020-2021/. Both of our PFS award winners are making a tremendous, life-changing  impact on the development of the signature PFS STEM from the Start program. Even during shelter-in-place, STEM from the Start has grown as we continue our work to build…

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Annual Report 2021: Auxiliaries

DEDICATED SUPPORT from our AUXILIARIES  In FY 2020-21 our Auxiliaries demonstrated their dedication in many ways including remote fundraising events and service projects to support Peninsula Family Service (PFS) participants. The Foothill Auxiliary hosted the first virtual fundraising event of the fall of 2020, dazzling guests with floral arrangement demonstrations at their annual Holidays on a High Note. The Hillsborough Auxiliary (HAPFS) followed with their virtual Thanks for Giving, where they honored PFS Honorary Life…

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Annual Report 2021: Older Adult Services

LEARNING TECHNOLOGY SKILLS to be CONNECTED Prior to COVID-19 Juan and Sofia were active participants at the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center for years. In late 2018, Sofia noticed a health decline in Juan, which led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. With the help of  Peninsula Family Service (PFS) staff, Sofia found several referrals to resources and financial assistance to assist with Juan’s daily needs. Unfortunately, just as they began to have a sense of…

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Annual Report 2021: Financial Empowerment

SECOND CAREERS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM Henry enjoyed his customer service role at a local community center before COVID-19. He was one of the welcoming faces who greeted city residents as they entered the main lobby. Henry found joy in explaining program options to customers, answering their questions with poise and attentiveness, as well as registering them for valuable recreation and continued learning classes. Then COVID-19 abruptly interrupted Henry’s employment. Being a resourceful professional, Henry enrolled with…

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Annual Report 2021: Early Learning

ENDINGS and BEGINNINGS During the past 18 months, children and their families encountered trauma and change with resiliency and courage. One constant throughout is the power of caring within safe learning environments, made possible by Peninsula Family Service (PFS) educators supported by local donors. An innovation PFS has recently undertaken is the creation of our Safe Daily School Learning Hub classrooms at our Leo J. Ryan (LJR) site. Three classrooms were established early during COVID-19…

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AR 2021: Community Heart

One private family foundation has been deeply moved by the challenges our community members are facing and has offered grants of up to $5,000 to those individuals or families in need of more help. Peninsula Family Service (PFS) facilitates the applications for these “Guardian Angel Grants.” To date, 112 grants of $5,000 each have been made to individuals and families for a total of $560,000! After receiving their check, one family stated: “My family and…

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