We are more than a store and gallery. At LOVEMARIN, we realize how lucky we are to live in Marin County and we want to do what we can to support the land, the animals, and the people who make this such a unique and wonderful place.
On February 26th we were privileged to hand-deliver our third monthly donation and spend an afternoon with the wonderful Michelle Salling and friends from The Beach House, a program that is part of A Home Away from Homelessness.
'Home Away is a nonprofit organization that seeks to radically alter the trajectory of children's lives by providing safe and supportive environments that foster their strengths, creativity and abilities. By bringing together homeless and previously homeless children in the Marin and San Francisco counties to offer them new experiences, opportunities, and guidance, these children become part of a welcoming community that encourages their personal growth while providing a sense of inclusivity and family.'
'At the Beach House, Home Away hosts small group groups of children ages 5 – 17 from shelters in San Francisco and Marin for an afternoon at a cozy cottage above the sea. On these visits children encounter nature (often for the first time) and have a chance to just be kids. A trip to the Beach House may include indoor and outdoor activities—a hike in the hills, a picnic on the beach, dress-up, arts and crafts, board games, or simply enjoying the sunset from the porch swing. Every trip ends with a family-style dinner prepared by volunteers and the Beach House staff.'
Home Away also operates an after school program in San Francisco.
'The Schoolhouse is a comprehensive after-school learning community for homeless and formerly-homeless students in grades 5-12. Providing wrap-around academic enrichment and social support, School House services include educational testing, mental health support, case management, individual tutoring and homework assistance, as well as a diverse array of enrichment activities designed to promote positive educational and social outcomes.
Homelessness has a direct impact on the education of homeless children. Studies have shown that children without stable housing are twice as likely to repeat a grade and up to 45% more likely to not attend school on a regular basis. An estimated 2,200+ students currently enrolled in the San Francisco public schools are classified as homeless. One article in the San Francisco Chronicle named this population “the most difficult children to teach…because their unstable lives often lead to frequent absences or tardiness, lethargy, health issues and behavioral outbursts.” Though these children are struggling with many difficulties, they remain resilient, energetic, creative and passionate. Home Away offers these children stability and comfort during a tumultuous time in their lives, and works with them to create positive emotional, social, and academic habits.
The College Exploration program at Schoolhouse provides our high school juniors and seniors with SAT/ACT tutoring, college prep and application support, and mentorship check-ins during a student's first two years of college.'
Home Away also offers a summer program.
When a homeless child grasps that idea - that nature is a feast that is always available, even to them - they are stunned. It’s as elusive and gigantic a notion as infinity, especially to a child who has lost everything and, worse, doesn’t believe he deserves anything.
-Jeanie Kortum, Founder of Home Away
Click here to check out the web site, find out how you can donate and volunteer, and learn more about Home Away.
THIS MONTH WE WERE LUCKY TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT OAK HILL SCHOOL IN SAN ANSELMO, A DYNAMIC EDUCATIONAL/PRE-VOCATIONAL/THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM WHERE LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES THRIVE.
"Oak Hill School is #morethanaclassroom, with a staff of more than teachers. It’s the ideal school for students ages 6-22 with autism and other developmental differences to find fulfillment. In addition, they’ve partnered with the University of California San Francisco’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Program, headed up by internationally known autism expert, Dr. Robert Hendren. Dr Hendren and his UCSF team, along with Oak Hill staff, apply and study science-based treatment and education models.
Through strong therapeutic relationships, they sensitively observe and adapt individualized academic and behavioral instruction with UCSF oversight. Students thrive in their 3 students to 1 teacher ratio.
Their world-class UCSF medical researchers, speech and occupational therapists, teachers and psychotherapists work in concert to reveal a unique- and constantly updated-360 degree view of your child. Situated on a 7 acre campus in an unrivaled pastoral setting in the hills of Marin County, Oak Hill School students learn to successfully self-regulate and tap into their own creativity.
Students are referred to Oak Hill by their school districts, clinicians, physicians, advocates and other parents. Oak Hill School works closely with school districts to return students to the educational mainstream when appropriate .
Oak Hill School is approved as a special education facility by the California Department of Education. The school is licensed to accept students with public school district funding as well as private tuition.
Through innovative educational approaches and social-emotional learning, Oak Hill School empowers students on the autism spectrum to realize their full potential.
CHECK OUT THE OAK HILL SCHOOL WEB SITE HERE
WHAT IS AUTISM? CLICK HERE TO LEARN
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN MARIN COUNTY
WildCare is a wildlife hospital in San Rafael that cares for over 4,000 wild animals a year, from as many as 200 different species. They provide ongoing care for patients seven days a week, fifty two weeks a year with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. WildCare's goal is to restore their wild patients to full health so that they may be released safely back to their natural habitats.
Learn more at www.discoverwildcare.org