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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Annual Report 2021: Message from CEO / Board Chair

Dear Peninsula Family Service (PFS) Community Supporters and Friends, On behalf of everyone at PFS, we hope that you are well. The past 18 months have been particularly difficult, but especially for people in the communities that we serve. Nevertheless, we feel hopeful that normalcy is slowly returning to our lives. We have moved into our recovery and reopening process while continuing to keep our program participants and our staff safe. Our Early Learning Centers…

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A note of gratitude from Heather Cleary, CEO June 2021

Dear Supporters, The last year has been difficult for all of us as we navigated a world of shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our neighbors have suffered deeply from: job loss, food insecurity, loneliness, isolation, and lack of early learning care. Their lives have been much more difficult because of challenges intensified by the pandemic. I am proud of the many ways Peninsula Family Service (PFS) has continued our important programs and pivoted to add…

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LGBTQIA+ book club for older adults, 5 years of success

Five years ago, the Senior Peer Counseling program at Peninsula Family Service (PFS) hosted the first meeting of the LGBTQ+ Book Club in San Mateo County. Senior Peer Counseling staff and volunteers believed the book club would create a sense of community for all who participated. Membership was open to all in the LGBTQ+ community, including allies and advocates, and the books selected were as diverse as the members of the Book Club. During those…

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A second chance to grow mature worker careers

When Oliva was laid-off from her job, she worried that when it was safe to return to work, it would be more challenging to be hired as a mature worker. Her extensive career as an Administrative Assistant had been successful; she hoped that she would find new employment soon. Her desire to receive assistance with her job search prompted Olivia to enroll in the Mature Worker Job-Coaching Program at Peninsula Family Service (PFS), and to…

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