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December 2, 2009 > Help fight holiday blues

Help fight holiday blues

By Meenu Gupta

Holiday time, though brings festivity and gaiety, yet it sorrow may loom large for those who are fighting loneliness, homelessness or poverty. A little effort and consideration on your part may light a sparkle in someone's eyes. Over the last 11 years the Human Services Department has sought donations during the holiday season to bring cheer to needy families being served at the Family Resource Center, Youth and Family Counseling Center, and seniors facing difficult circumstances, served by Aging and Family Services. This year due to the difficult economic times, need is even more than in years past.

Emergency needs occur all year round, not just during the holidays. So in addition to the Adopt a Family, Adopt a Senior program, Urgent Need Fund allows the social workers and counselors resources they can draw upon to assist families and individuals in crisis throughout the year. Using such funds a homeless person can reside in a hotel till a space in a shelter is arranged. Funds can provide much-needed grocery card to a family where the breadwinner has recently lost a job, or helps a senior keep their utilities on this winter, or provide a transportation voucher to a mother and child who need to get to Highland Hospital.

"This year we hope you will not only consider supporting families, children, and elders with a gift certificate, check, or cash donations, but will also help us continue to build our Urgent Need Fund, which Human Services workers can tap into year round," said Aging & Family Services, Senior Office Specialist, Monica Dominguez.

Please make your check payable to the City of Fremont and return it to Monica Dominguez in Human Services. If your department, as a whole, would like to contribute a donation, please give us a list of donors and the amount each person contributed. Each contributor will receive a thank you letter for tax purposes. "We will accept donations until Monday, December 14 for the Adopt a Family/Senior Program and donations for the Urgent Need Fund will be accepted all year round," said Dominguez. Checks or gift certificates can be mailed to City of Fremont 3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont. Cash donations can be dropped off at this address. "We served 225 individuals, of families and seniors last year and raised $8,700 in 2008," she said. For more information visit www.fremont.gov or call (510) 574-2057.

Adopt a Family/Senior Program
City of Fremont
3300 Capitol Ave., Bldg. B, Fremont
(510) 574-2057
www.fremont.gov

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