2021 Jeans Drive

August 16, 2021

JEANS for KIDS
This month Girlfriends Care will be helping local kids by collecting and distributing new or gently used jeans.  You know; the outgrown ones in our closets which are still in great condition.  Some may look like they’ve never been worn!
When: Drop off locations available between August 16 and September 10. Email info@girlfriendscare.org  for locations.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to teens
 
Condition: Jeans should be in very good/new condition
 

Jeans will be distributed to kids in local transition programs such as Solutions for Change, Operation Hope, and, inventory allowing, additional kids in need in North County through local agencies.   How you can get involved:

  • Have kids gather outgrown jeans from their own closets and set aside for donation those they would be proud to wear.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Either casually, or at a simple event hosted by the kids such as an ice cream social.  Everyone brings jeans.
  • Support local businesses and consider donating a new pair or two.
  • Get your church, club, school or team involved!  And set up a convenient drop off location for the members.
  • Make a drop box and ask a local business to take donations.  Make sure you check the location regularly and empty the box as needed!
  • Donate online or by check and let us do the shopping for you.
  • Purchase new jeans online and have them delivered. Email info@girlfriendscare.org for shipping information.

  This is a great no-cost way for your kids to help other local kids in need!

2021 Monarch Schools

Posted 7/19/21

Do you know that there are more than 23,000 homeless students in San Diego County? 

Monarch School in San Diego serves up to 350 students (grades K-12) daily.  These students live in shelters, motels, single room occupancy housing, doubled or tripled-up with other families, at camp sites, in cars, or on the streets. Students are referred to Monarch through shelters and other social service agencies, school districts, and “word of mouth.”  The average student attends Monarch for 11 months, however, many students attend for years or until graduation.

Want to Help?
 

Please join us as we support Monarch School’s monthly resource distributions that help meet the basic needs of homeless students and their families.  This month we are collecting the following NEW items:
 
• Hairbrushes, Hair Ties, & Gel
• Lip Balm
• Body Lotion
• Shampoo & Conditioner
• Sunscreen
• Female/Male Deodorant
• Razors & Shaving Cream
• Feminine Products
• Body Wash
• Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

 
SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO 
Monarch School
1625 Newton Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
Attn: Sarah Krueger

ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLIST

MAKE A DONATION AND LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU.

2021 Food Bank Drive

Posted 6/12/21

For every $1
the San Diego Food Bank can provide
5 meals to families in need!

 

How far can you stretch a dollar these days? Could you make or buy 5 meals for just $1? That is just what the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is doing!
  
For the month of June we encourage you to take a moment and watch this video to our girlfriends from Alden Domini at Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
  
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter provide emergency food to vulnerable families. These Food Banks comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County and distribute food to those in need at 200 distribution sites across the county as well as through 500 nonprofits with feeding programs.
  
Want to Help?
You can have fun shopping from the comfort of your home! Just follow this link and “purchase” food that will go directly to those in need and be assured that you are getting the best price (the Food Bank is able to purchase food at very low cost). 

2021 Family Recovery Center

Posted 5/15/21

Making Families Stronger

 
Unfortunately we will not have the opportunity to meet at Family Recovery Center this year and hear the amazing stories of how women have rebuilt their lives and families with the help of the many services available through FRC. Not only are women overcoming substance abuse, but they are learning the skills needed to succeed professionally and personally. When they are healthy, then they can provide a healthy home from their children, making a positive impact today and in the years to come. Family Recovery Center is a residential and outpatient treatment program dedicated to assisting women recover from substance abuse, while promoting healthy family reunification.  FRC is part of Mental Health Systems (MHS), a non-profit organization to provide innovative, cost effective mental health and drug/alcohol recovery services.

 HELP US COLLECT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS! 
 
New Journals
Pens
Notebooks
Daily Planners/Calendars

 DROP OFF ITEMS OR SHIP DIRECTLY TO 
FAMILY RECOVERY CENTER
Attn: Fabiola Quijano
1100 Sportfisher Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054
Drop off times: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm:
  
ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLISTItems can be shipped to address above.
  
MAKE A DONATION AND LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU
  
OR DELIVER YOUR ITEMS TO ANY DROP SITE  BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 30th!  

email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org for a list of drop sites.

2021 YMCA – TAY

Posted 4/22/21

YMCA’s TAY Program

 
The YMCA is committed to supporting transition age youth (TAY) who face barriers to success in adulthood, including homelessness, abuse, and more, helping them lead healthy, successful lives. Entering adulthood is a critical developmental period that can be further complicated when a young person lacks a supportive network and faces a multitude of barriers. The YMCA offers innovative, effective programming in a safe and welcoming space.
 
Street Outreach
 
The YMCA Outreach Program is on foot outreach services in prominent homeless communities in Oceanside and is the first access point of the Y’s continuum of services. Outreach workers provide homeless youth with immediate resources and referrals to get them off the streets. Through diversion services homeless youth are able to access safe housing options and/or familial reunification.
 
Who They Serve
 
  *   Runaway, homeless, and street youth between the ages of 12-25
  *   Youth seeking safety in San Diego County
 
Services Provided
  • Provide on-foot outreach and crisis assessment on the streets of North County, San Diego.
  • Offer snacks, hygiene kits, clothing and other necessities to youth on the streets.
  • Work with the youth to offer transportation to shelter and other supportive services.
  • Advocate and assist youth through the process of getting off the street and finding a safe place.

 
HELP US COLLECT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS! 
  • Women’s everyday shoes (tennis shoes etc. – sizes 7 through 9 are especially needed)
  • Gift Cards
  • Donations to purchase laundry cards – to wash the only clothes they have! 

 


SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO 
TAY DROP-IN CENTER – NORTH COUNTY COASTAL
C/O Charity Brant 
215 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
  
ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLIST. Items can be shipped to address above.
  
MAKE A DONATION AND LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU
  
OR DELIVER YOUR ITEMS TO ANY DROP SITE  BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 7th!  

email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org for a list of drop sites.

2021 Bread of Life

Posted 3/14/21

 

Shower Ministry
 
 

Bread of Life, the North County branch of the San Diego Rescue Mission, offers a safe and nurturing environment for people desiring a better life. This program exists to address the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness to address the matters of the heart. In the summer of 2020, Bread of Life teamed up with the San Diego Rescue Mission to serve our city’s most vulnerable population. 
 
Bread of Life has started a new ministry where men and women can receive a shower and new clothing. Bread of Life is in need of supplies for the remote shower trailer and clothing for the patrons.
 


 
HELP US COLLECT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS! 

  
Men’s Clothing: underwear and shorts:  S, M, L, XL (need more L and XL)
Women’s Clothing: socks, bras, panties: S, M, L
Shower Amenities: soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant (travel size)

 


 
SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO 
Bread of Life
1919 Apple Street, Suite O
Oceanside, CA 92054
  

ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLIST. Items can be shipped to address above.

  

MAKE A DONATION AND LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU
  

OR DELIVER YOUR ITEMS TO ANY DROP SITE BELOW BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 28TH!  

email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org for a list of drop sites.

2021 Sock Drive

February 13, 2021

“GOT SOCKS!”
Help us “sock it to the wet and cold”
with New Socks for the Homeless!

 
The homeless spend a lot of time on their feet and don’t always have access to washing machines!  Wearing dirty and damp socks can lead to athlete’s foot and contribute to other health issues.  Clean, fresh socks provide comfort and contribute to good health.
 
We’re collecting New Socks, all sizes and styles are welcome.  White men’s athletic socks are the most needed.
 
Campaign ends March 7th!  Do you think we can collect a 2,021 pairs of Socks for the Homeless?  Let’s keep track of the number of pairs collected and see how much caring we can share with the homeless through our non-profit partners Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, OZ Teen Street Outreach, Fill-A-Belly, La Posada, Interfaith Services, and more.
 
If you want to “Compound the Caring“, how about sharing this message and start your own sub-campaign?  Ask your friends, co-workers, neighbors, school class, church, bunko group, sorority or others to join you in collecting. Feel free to set up a collection box and use this flyer to advertise.  Teamwork always increases the output! 

 
ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLIST. Items can be shipped to address attached to the wish list.

MAKE A DONATION AND LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU

OR DELIVER/SHIP YOUR ITEMS TO ANY DROP SITE BELOW BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 12TH!  

*For drop site locations, please email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org.

2021 GYBSD Food Drive

January 30, 2021

Help us “Collect a Grand of Food” to Feed the Children! 
 
That’s 1,000 healthy snack items for Got Your Back San Diego to help in the local fight against childhood hunger! Can we do it?
 
GYBSD a weekend food assistance program developed specifically for children attending San Diego County schools who have been identified as homeless and/or food insecure. Every week they deliver backpacks full of food to local Tri-City schools. Each backpack contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and a few healthy snacks, enough food to sustain a child throughout the weekend. The current need now is greater that ever! They are supporting 235 students weekly, and the requests are growing.

We can help by supporting them with healthy snacks to help them get through until the next meal.
 


 
HELP US COLLECT THE FOLLOWING  ITEMS
AND BRING A SMILE TO A CHILD’S FACE! 

  
Suggested Healthy Snacks

  • Graham Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks with no red die (Costco)
  • Fruit chews and roll-ups
  • Pudding Cups (shelf stable/non-refrigerated)
  • Fig Bars
  • Ritz crackers

 
All individually wrapped and avoid high fructose corn syrup. 
 


 
SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO 
Got Your Back San Diego
4061 Oceanside Blvd Suite E
Oceanside, CA 92056

ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLISTItems can be shipped to address attached to the wish list.

OR DELIVER YOUR ITEMS TO ANY DROP SITE BELOW BETWEEN NOW AND FEBRUARY 19TH!  

*For drop site locations, please email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org.

2020 Solutions for Change

November 11, 2020

Solutions for Change
 

Solutions for Change transforms lives by permanently solving family homelessness.  Through their 700 day program, they give parents access to the right set of opportunities, address root causes of dependency, and equip people with skills, knowledge, and resources to permanently solve homelessness.  The comprehensive model they use addresses three key areas: personal development (well-being), workforce development (economic capacity), and community development (service). It blends affordable housing, educational opportunities, employment training and health related solutions all within one cohesive strategic partnership.

Watch these two videos to learn how your support is making a difference: 
A special thank you to GFC from Solutions
Andreena’s Solutions for Change Journey

 

Two exciting opportunities in November and December

November Virtual Baby Shower- Now through December 1!

All participants in Solutions for Change’s programs are parents, or parents-to-be. That means a lot of babies at all times.  So we’re collecting baby items to welcome their new little ones.  Specific requests include Diapers, Wipes, Bottles, Baby Backpacks and Wraps, Strollers, Bibs, Diaper Bags, Swaddle Blankets, Baby Blankets, Pacifier Clips, and Burp Cloths.  This is a fun project and one easy to do virtually.  Get YOUR Girlfriends or neighborhood involved.  A sharable flyer is available here for your use.  Social distancing?  Amazon Shipments can be sent to Ellen Clark at the address below.

December “Breaking and Entering” Event- Tuesday December 1!

Members of Girlfriends Care will surprise the newest residents of Solutions for Change through Holiday Decorations and surprises at the Intake Center where approximately 20 of the new residents will be living. 

On December 1:  A team of Girlfriends and Guys will decorate the entire intake Center, the family sleeping quarters, plus provide gifts for the residents between the hours of 9:30am-3:00pm.  In addition to the decorations, new sheets, blankets, pillows, sets of towels and a Gingerbread House will be provided for each bedroom and adjoining bath area.

How you can help:

  • Volunteer for “day of” help to decorate by contacting Terri Williamson.  Because of COVID restrictions volunteer opportunities may fill quickly.  All social distancing requirements by Solutions will be followed.
  • Donate Pajama’s:  Boys or Girls, size 1 year to age 12 or Hoodie Sweatshirts:  Boys or Girls, ages 13 to 18  
  • Donate NEW stuffed animals for children (all ages).  Approximately 15 needed.
  • Monetary Donations of any amount.  Mail checks directly and payable to Terri Williamson (email Ttscupofjoe@yahoo.com for address).  A Girlfriends Care donation receipt will be mailed or emailed to you, if email is provided, following the event.  Monetary donations will be used for decorations, linens, gift items, and an evening meal for the residents the day of the event.

The project leader for this event is Terri Williamson.  Terri can be contacted at Ttscupofjoe@yahoo.com.  Donations are being accepted and managed by Terri for this event.

2020 Br Bennos

November 6, 2020

Christmas at Br. Bennos

In years past, Girlfriends Care has done an Annual Blitz of events at Brother Benno’s on the Second Saturday in December followed by a Santa’s Closet event at the Thrift Shop the following week.  Due to Covid 19, these normal events will not occur; however, we will be requesting support from you for the Children’s’ Party which will occur on December 12th as a “Drive-Thru” event at Brother Benno’s. Approximately 300 children and teens will receive Christmas stockings, stuffed animals, pajamas, and some gift cards.  The parent will receive a $25.00 gift card for their family. 
 
We are not requesting volunteers to be onsite for the event and hope to resume next year with our normal events.  However, if you are planning a holiday family event or would like to get together with a few of your friends (socially distanced and masked, of course) perhaps you would consider inviting them to contribute and even perhaps make it a pajama wrapping party, that is, you wrap pajamas – but you can wear pajamas while you do it if you want!  Be sure to mark the pajama size on the outside of the package for proper distribution.

Girlfriends Care encourages your support in any way that we may help Brother Benno’s with this fabulous holiday outreach. 
 
Items can be delivered directly or mailed to Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop or to Helen Parsons, the project leader (addresses listed below). Helen can be reached at parsonsdavidt@outlook.com.

The following are items that Brother Benno’s is requesting to support the event. Items are needed by December 1st.

  • Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards $10.00 up
  • Pajamas- Teen Boys -S/M/L
  • Monetary Donations (Mail Directly or contribute online through GFC by clicking the red Donate! heart below)

Please deliver donations to one of the following locations:

Helen Parsons (Please email parsonsdavidt@outlook.com for address)
 
Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop
Attn: Helen or Children’s Party
3955 Mission Ave,
Oceanside, CA 92058 

Girlfriends Care contact:  Diana@girlfriendscare.org or ditchome@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Girlfriends Care, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID# 26-2417011.