NBC Bay Area Features PFS!

  Peninsula Family Service (PFS) serves the most vulnerable individuals and families on the Peninsula, most of which have been greatly impacted during COVID Shelter in Place.Our neighbors are struggling more than ever because of job loss, food insecurity, lack of childcare, loneliness, isolation, and are unable to receive Federal aid. Watch NBC Bay Area news report below. This week our community partner, Moms Against Poverty, generously donated 30 boxes of food for families supported…

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CENSUS 2020: Question Assistance Center and COVID 19

2020 is the once-in-a-decade year of the Census and we want to make sure that EVERYONE COUNTS in our community. Throughout history, being counted in the Census is a right, a privilege, and a responsibility to strengthen our community. The Census determines allocations of federal funds for programs such as Head Start, Medicare/Medicaid, and the NCOA employment program, as well as congressional seats, all of which impacts funding for our programs. Our Question Assistance Centers…

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Services Update: March 16, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, we have stopped all group services at our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center and at our 8 Early Learning Centers (ELC) until further notice. There will be no reception services at the main office at 24 Second Avenue. Though our sites are closed, our staff members are currently being paid and are working remotely as their position allows. We are taking steps to stay in touch and support our program participants…

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COVID 19: PFS actions

To our Community, Partners, and Neighbors, The coronavirus information is changing rapidly, and the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We have been closely monitoring the latest news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and enacting proactive policies to keep our program participants healthy and reduce the chance of infection. Under the guidance of the San Mateo and Santa Clara County Public Health Departments, as well as the CDC, we write to…

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Career Closet Closed due to COVID 19

Career Closet Closed due to COVID 19, Check back for Re-open Date Our Career Closet For your next career step, visit our fully stocked Career Closet for complimentary clothing and accessories! Open Days: Monday – Friday Open Time: 9am-4pm For an appointment or for more information call 650.403.4300 Location: 24 Second Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 All of our community members that are in need of interview or business clothes are invited to shop. The…

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PFS Announces Partner Spotlight for 2019

Our long-standing DriveForward program provides affordable interest rates on vehicle loans for those who qualify. By combining professional financial counseling and assistance with thoughtful budgeting, we help participants end the cycle of financial instability and rebuild credit. In March, Peninsula Family Service (PFS) and Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) partnered to form the DriveForward Electric program, an incentive for DriveForward auto loan participants to receive $4,000 if they choose to purchase a used plug-in hybrid electric…

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Listen for Good

As part of our strategic goal to provide high-quality programs aligned with community needs, we conduct evaluations to understand the measurable impact of our programs on our participants, and to identify areas for improvement. Developing assessment tools that effectively capture participant feedback is always a challenge, thus we were fortunate to partner with Fund for Shared Insight and Sand Hill Foundation to adopt the Listen for Good program. The Listen for Good model provides a…

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Help Us Disrupt the Achievement Gap

As a professional in the field of Early Learning, it has always been clear to me that the earliest years of life are a period of exceptional development, a time of opportunity and vulnerability, dependent on primary relationships and the learning environment in which the child is growing.  Brain research has evolved to reveal astonishing discoveries including knowledge of the exponential volume of neural growth that occurs from birth to 5 years of life. Recent…

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Book Buddies

Helping children and families in our community grow and thrive truly takes a village. We cannot close the achievement gap, or help our families become financially stable, without the support and partnership of our Corporate and Community Partners. Often, as we get to know these partners, one touchpoint grows into a deeper, long-term relationship. This is the case for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit with a mission to enrich lives by…

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2019 Volunteer of the Year

Many volunteers find it hard to say goodbye when their shift is over, including PJ Rich, a recent graduate from St. Ignatius High School. This summer, PJ visited with staff to reflect on his 160+ volunteer hours completed during high school at the Child Development Center in San Mateo. “Over the past three years, I have been able to watch the kids grow. It was amazing to see them learn new skills, but one child…

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