Today, more than ever, schools require students to come prepared with more of the tools needed to succeed. If a student does not have those tools, they not only fall behind, but are faced with the additional stigma of being from a low-income family.
Most working poor and low-income families in Marin County spend the majority of their income for rent and have little left for basic necessities such as clothing, food, healthcare, and education.
The Back to School program provides parents with the security of knowing their child has the tools he or she needs to begin the school year. Many low-income families simply do not have the income to purchase backpacks and school supplies for their children.
It is our goal to ensure that all of our clients have an opportunity to share in this special time of year. To that end, Ritter Center provides over 400 individuals each year with all of the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Your gift of frozen turkeys or gift cards from grocery stores will help make this program a success. Please bring your doantion of frozen turkeys to Ritter Center from Monday November 5, 2012 through Friday, November 16, 2012; we are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (except for a staff meeting on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm) to accept these donations. Many thanks for all your support!
Holiday Dinner: December 2012
This program serves our clients that are homeless or without stable housing. Through gift drives Ritter Center receives donations of survival gear, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, jackets, boots, and other survival gear. The program culminates in a Holiday evening for more than 150 individuals and families, most without or estranged from their families. The evening includes a holiday feast and music and each person receives a survival gear item and other gifts if available.
Help Marin's less fortunate have a joyous holiday season!
Ritter Center's Family to Family Holiday Program has provided holiday cheer to low income families and individuals in Marin since 1987. Generous donors are matched with families, seniors and disabled persons who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.