What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/17/17

Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch at Family Recovery Center, a residential treatment program in Oceanside that helps mothers in recovery from substance abuse. There is no cost to attend and we’ll have you out in plenty of time to do your weekend errands!  
 
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to create GFC Spring Gift Bags for the women at FRC!  Always a special treat for them and for us! Donations of items to put in the gift bags are always welcomed and appreciated. Items may include unused make-up (nail polish, eye liner, shadow, lipstick, blush), hand creams, body washes, perfumes…plus some girlie scarves, costume jewelry, picture frames, journals, etc.

  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
  
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
  
WHEN:   Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE:  Family Recovery Center 1100 Sportfisher Drive in Oceanside, enter through Lower Level.
  
WHY:     To learn more about the transformation of the old TriCity Hospital to the current FRC life-changing center, create some “gifts of caring” for the women, and have an opportunity for a up-close-and-personal tour.
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!


  
WANT TO HELP?  
We’re running a DIAPER DERBY for Family Recovery Center!
 
Let’s see how many disposable diapers we can collect by May 13th!  The FRC always need diapers in all sizes!  Lots of babies! Lots of diapers!
 
Start your own team or collect independently, set your goal and ask your friends, neighbors, work, church, school, bank or other contacts to participate in your campaign.
 
Bring diapers to the GFC Second Saturday meeting at Family Recovery Center or email info@girlfriendscare.org for a convenient drop-off site.

RSVP For San Diego Annual Luncheon

Join San Diego Girlfriends Care to celebrate our fourth year of Girlfriends Caring and Sharing throughout our beautiful city and surrounding areas. Click here for details.

   

Select one of four options below. Cost is $22 per person and includes your food, beverages from list below, tax, and gratuity.


4th Annual SD GFC Luncheon Menu
Name for your Name Tag


Meal Options

Included Beverages: Coffee, Hot/Iced Tea, Lemonade, Milk, Soft Drinks

   
Option 1

Mediterranean Salad: Spring greens tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. Served with warm pita bread, topped with a grilled chicken breast.   

   
Option 2

Greek Salad: Crisp lettuce tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, red onion, Feta cheese and Kalamata olives. Served with vinaigrette dressing and warm pita bread. Large size with a side of marinated artichoke hearts.   

   
Option 3

Gyros Sandwich: Seasoned blend of beef and lamb. Broiled on the rotisserie, wrapped in pita bread, with lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Served with Tzatziki sauce. Served with a choice of soup or small Greek salad.

    
Option 4

Moussaka: A traditional casserole. Layers of eggplant, zucchini and seasoned ground leg of lamb. Topped with Bechamel sauce and Vlahotyri cheese. Served with rice pilaf.

   

Please note: Appetizers, Wine, Beer, and Desserts are available for additional purchase from the Server.

Serve Dinner at Solutions For Change

Posted 4/16/17

WHO:    KidzCare, Teens Care, and Families
  
WHAT:  KidzCare/Teens Care serves dinner (chili and baked potato bar) at the intake facility for Solutions for Change every 4th Monday of the month in Vista (near the Boys & Girls Club). Participating families will be asked to help bring the supplies listed below for the meal (no cooking required; easy items that can be picked up at the store). All other items will be provided by KidzCare.
  
WHEN:   Every 4th Monday of the Month – Next Available Date April 24th, 5:15PM – 6:30PM
 
WHERE:  Solutions for Change, Vista, CA
  
HOW:   RSVP to KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org This is a fabulous opportunity for kids to see firsthand how their service blesses those in their community. If you would like to join us, please respond to this email.  Due to space limitations, this monthly service opportunity is limited to two families.
Supplies Needed for Dinner

1 lb butter (soften/spreadable if using cubes)
1.5 lbs sour cream
1 large bag of pre-made salad
30 water bottles
6 cups shredded cheese
1 onion, chopped
dessert for 30 (optional but appreciated)

May Meeting in San Diego

Posted: April 16, 2017

Come Celebrate with Us!

 
Join San Diego Girlfriends Care to celebrate our fourth year of Girlfriends Caring and Sharing throughout our beautiful city and surrounding areas.  Girlfriends Care offers a “smorgasbord” of outreach projects from which to choose. Designed with today’s busy individual in mind, you decide what interests you and what role you want to play.  At this celebration, discover your passion area…what your heart is…then step forward.  We want to help people to balance their lives as they find ways to give unto others.
 
Our San Diego group began in 2013. We join hearts as we listen and partner with other girlfriends in various outreach projects. By providing food, clothing, training, job search assistance, encouragement and love, Girlfriends Care members actively support and promote self-sufficiency and spiritual well-being.
 
Girlfriends Care members include women of various economic backgrounds, education, professions, and religious affiliations with the sole purpose of helping others who are in crisis and transition. Our outreach also includes KidzCare, Teens Care and Guys Care too!


  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care San Diego’s Annual Luncheon Celebration. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
  
WHERE:  Apollonia Greek Bistro Restaurant, Costa Verde Shopping Center
              8650 Genesee Avenue, Ste 106, San Diego, CA 92122
              858-455-1535
  
WHY:     To celebrate four years of our San Diego chapter of Girlfriends Care!
  
HOW:     RSVP below by Thursday, May 4th. Be sure to bring a friend or two!
 
COST:   $22 per person. Select one of four options below.
              The price includes your food, beverages from list below, tax, and gratuity.
              If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please email Jan at Jan@girlfriendscare.org.



4th Annual SD GFC Luncheon Menu
Name for your Name Tag



Meal Options

Included Beverages: Coffee, Hot/Iced Tea, Lemonade, Milk, Soft Drinks
  

Option 1

Mediterranean Salad: Spring greens tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. Served with warm pita bread, topped with a grilled chicken breast.
  

Option 2

Greek Salad: Crisp lettuce tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, red onion, Feta cheese and Kalamata olives. Served with vinaigrette dressing and warm pita bread. Large size with a side of marinated artichoke hearts.
  

Option 3

Gyros Sandwich: Seasoned blend of beef and lamb. Broiled on the rotisserie, wrapped in pita bread, with lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Served with Tzatziki sauce. Served with a choice of soup or small Greek salad.
  

Option 4

Moussaka: A traditional casserole. Layers of eggplant, zucchini and seasoned ground leg of lamb. Topped with Bechamel sauce and Vlahotyri cheese. Served with rice pilaf.
  
Please note: Appetizers, Wine, Beer, and Desserts are available for additional purchase from the Server.

April Meeting in North County

Posted: March 18, 2017

Join us at Bread of Life

 

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Bread of Life Rescue Mission. Bread of Life feeds dinner to the homeless and provides a place to sleep in the winter, plus other services for our local poor and homeless.  We will take a tour of their modest facility and learn more about how this organization functions and the services they provide.

  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
  
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
  
WHEN:   Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE:  Bread of Life, 1919 Apple Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
  
WHY:     Help make lunches for the guests at Bread of Life and learn more about how Bread of Life is impacting our community.
  
HOW:   RSVP to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!

  
WANT TO HELP?  
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to prepare 100 brown bag lunches that will be given to the homeless at Bread of Life after their regular meal that evening.

 

Here’s what we’ll need for 100 bag lunches:
(Please sign up here if you are able to bring any of the following)

Individual snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
Individual treats (cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, etc)
Fresh Fruit (oranges or apples)
Bottled water and/or fruit juice
Large jars of creamy peanut butter
Large jars of jelly
Sandwich bags, snack bags

 

Other suggested donations for Bread of Life

Paper napkins, cups, plates, silverware
Paper towels, foil, bathroom tissue
Cans of coffee, dry creamers/sugars

 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

April Meeting in San Diego

March 10, 2017

San Diego Girlfriends Care and Guys Care Too!

 
Please join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting.  We will be highlighting our non-profit partner Just in Time for Foster Youth. 
 
Just in Time for Foster Youth helps mentor, guide and support emancipated foster youth to successfully transition into independence.  We will learn more about this organization and the services they provide.

  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE: 3878 Old Town Ave, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92110

  
WHY:     Meet Just in Time and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!

  
WANT TO HELP?  
Help a JIT Youth get a fresh start by participating in a Spring Cleaning Drive.  Collect the cleaning supplies below to create cleaning kits which will help transitioning foster youth maintain a clean, fresh home.  

Broom & Dustpan
Bleach
Dish Soap
All purpose Cleaner
Cleaning gloves
Sponges
Scrub brush
Swiffer wet/dry mop
Toilet bowl scrubber
Mop buckets
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

KidzCare Makes Lunches for Bread of Life

Posted: April 12, 2017

Come join us in making lunches for Bread of Life.

  

Bread of Life serves the poor, hungry, and homeless in a six-city area comprised of Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, and Encinitas. The lunches we make will be distributed to the guests who eat dinner at the Bread of Life’s soup kitchen.
  
Please feel free to share this opportunity with any of your friends with kids.  You can also check out KidzCare on Facebook at Kidz Care on Facebook.

  

When:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:30-5:00

  
Where: Vista, CA  (Near Vista Costco)
  
Who: For kids of all ages.
  
What: We will make 100 lunches for the homeless at Bread of Life.
  
RSVP: Please click here to RSVP through Signup Genius. A list of items needed to feed 100 people are listed below. When you RSVP, please indicate what you will be bringing so we can be sure we have enough supplies. 

 

Lunch Items Needed for 100 lunches
Bread (10 loaves)
Creamy Peanut Butter (3 28oz size jars)
Jelly/Jam (3 30oz size jars), easily spreadable jelly/jam preferred
Fold-over Sandwich Bags (100)
Water Bottles (100)
Snacks (crackers, chips, granola bars, etc) (100)
Sweet treat (cookies, candy, etc) (100)
Fruit (fresh or single serving size fruit cups) (100)
100 Plastic spoons if fruit or snacks require it

Donate Items for Gift Bags

Spring & Mother’s Day Gift Bag Outreach
The time is NOW to add sunshine and smiles!

 

We are currently collecting donations for our next delivery of personally decorated Gift Bags in early May. Distribution will be made to those at Family Recovery Center and others.  If you have the heart to give, bring your donations to the Second Saturday Meetings in March and April or contact Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

 

Most Needed Items:
Costume Jewelry
Journals and girlie ink pens
Creams/ lotions (8 oz)
Miscellaneous toiletries, hair accessories, etc.

March Meeting in North County

February 21, 2017

Girlfriends Support Milestone House

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch on March 11th featuring Milestone House, a residence and program designed to prepare at-risk teen foster girls for independent and productive living.        
 
Learn about their programs, including their Milestone House Program of Services for emancipated foster youth called Fostering Adulthood Jobs Network, a social enterprise which creates companies under the non-profit that offer foster youth opportunities for employment by developing products or providing services. 

Meet us at Get Smart WorkSpaces, Carlsbad, 10AM – and we’ll have you out by NOON in time for your weekend errands!    
   
WHO:     Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests

WHAT:    Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, 3/11/2017                      
  
WHERE:  Get Smart WorkSpaces,
                 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
  
WHY:     Meet Milestone House and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to Suzanne at RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org and let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Bring a friend!

  
WANT TO HELP?  

These at-risk girls often have very little, and look forward to special outings or treats as rewards for their accomplishments.  If you have a heart to help, below is a list of some of the most cherished items.  Tax deductible receipt upon request.

• Gift cards to Target
• Gift cards to Walmart
• Gift cards for any teen appropriate activity or treat – such as McDonalds, Coldstone, etc.
  
This drive runs through March 11th so you still have time to spread the word and see if your neighbors, school, work group, society, etc. want to help too!  

San Diego “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Posted: February 15, 2017

GFC “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Hosted by: Linda Nickey

Where: Meet at Fanuel Park Pacific Beach. We will walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. 

When: Saturday  March 11th

Why: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many

100% of monies will go to the SD Food Bank. (tax deductible receipt on request)

Time: 10am, for about an hour any walking pace is fine, we will be pairing up!

Cost: $25.00 includes Champagne and chatting after at Linda’s condo (address with RSVP)

RSVP: info@girlfriendscare.org

 
For more details, email us directly at info@girlfriendscare.org