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Older Adults Are Healthy and Independent at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center

Exercise more. Eat healthier. Make new friends. Spend more time exploring your hobbies. These are a few check-boxes to mark off the retirement list of a thriving older adult! The Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, run by Peninsula Family Service, helps older adults maintain their health, independence, and quality of life. There are many services provided to older adults at the center: nutritious meals, health screenings, social activities, and fitness classes for free or reduced…

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Peninsula Family Service Career Closet

NOW OPEN Please call 650.4303.4300 to make an appointment Location: 24 Second Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 The Career Closet provides participants of our Second Careers program with the opportunity to “dress for success”. The closet is also open to community members in need of business clothes. Providing career clothes to someone in need is much more than an outfit. Job searching can be daunting, especially for mature workers that are competing in the Bay…

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Joan’s Story: Lessons on Adventure, Travel, and Retirement from a Project Manager

The following is from a conversation in September between retiree Joan Gurasich, at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park and 70 Strong Lead Navigator Theodora Kyle-Singer. What struck Theodora was Joan’s warm demeanor and her approach to transitioning from a high level Product Management and Marketing executive in the heart of Silicon Valley to a lifestyle of retirement. Joan graciously agreed to sit down over coffee to reflect on her life, decisions and philosophy…

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Helping Our Neighbors DriveForward: Francis’s Story

For 30 years, Francis has dedicated her life to providing for her family, working long hours at multiple jobs and has never once taken a vacation. Though her other children have moved on to begin their own lives, her son Juanito has a developmental disability and requires careful attention. Francis is on-call 24/7 to care for her son’s needs. “Every time Juanito gets sick I need to leave work quickly and come and check on…

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The Road to Fulfillment: Marquel’s Story

Sometimes, finding your true calling can be a long journey.  Marquel, one of our teachers at Leo J. Ryan Child Development Center, knows this well. After years of hard work training to become a dental professional, she finally earned her certificate and secured a high paying job. Still, Marquel felt unfulfilled. “I felt like I needed to do more,” she explained, “I just wasn’t using all of my skills as a dentist. I knew I…

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The Future of Philanthropy: Lauren’s Story

Lauren Murphy is a San Mateo neighbor and one of our Advancement Team interns. As a rising sophomore studying Economics and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz, Lauren values the insights that this internship provides. “Spending this summer with Peninsula Family Service has given me valuable experience and it has helped me narrow the parameters of my studies. It has also helped me further my passion to aid my local community.” Lauren has known about…

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Staff members of First 5 San Mateo

Community Partner of the Year: First 5 San Mateo

First 5 is one of the largest investors in young children in the State of California. Funded by Proposition 10 in 1998, First 5 transforms tobacco taxes into support for young children in the areas of health, early learning, family engagement, and in larger system-wide changes. State-wide, First 5 has invested more than $10 billion in young children and their families. In 2018, First 5 San Mateo will celebrate 20 years of investment in San…

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Ruth Wisnom: A Lifetime of Leadership

For decades, Peninsula Family Service has been shaped by philanthropists with strategic vision. Their expertise and knowledge have created a dynamic organization, equipped to respond to the ever-changing needs of our community. This fall, we are introducing the Peninsula Family Service “Lifetime Achievement Award,” an accolade to honor and celebrate the philanthropists who have guided Peninsula Family Service through the years, helping us grow from supporting 164 families to serving more than 10,000 people yearly.…

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Regina’s Story

For Reggie, a life-long resident of the Bay Area, having a car is everything. “I need to be at work at 5 a.m. If I did not have a car, I would simply be out of a job.” Reggie’s story with Peninsula Family Service started two years ago with her participation in a financial education workshop. Today she is one of the many success stories of our DriveForward program. Thanks to her participation in Peninsula…

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Teacher and Triplets

Norma’s Story

When Norma was a young girl growing up in the Philippines, she never dreamed of being a teacher. “I wanted to be a nurse,” she explains, “their uniforms were just so good looking!” Norma, a pre-school teacher at our Leo J Ryan Child Development Center, found her true calling by coincidence. When she moved to Manilla to attend university, she accidentally enrolled in the school of education instead of nursing. After Norma’s first class, “I…

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