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Keep Help Alive!

$30,133 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 253 people in 1 month
Created July 9, 2019

We urgently need your help!


The rent at the Serenity House residence for unsheltered women has increased by 75%, and we have fallen behind in our rent payments.  If we can't pay the shortage by July 20, the women currently sheltered in our program are in danger of becoming homeless again. 

YOUR DONATION WILL:

Save the Serenity House Residential Program and KEEP HELP ALIVE! We must cover 4 months of rent to continue to provide housing for unsheltered who are in constant danger of being assaulted, robbed, and trafficked, as they try to survive in the streets of Oakland. 

We are very grateful for donations of any size!

We are currently in a funding gap - we are waiting on funding from our new grants and contracts which will arrive in late summer and early fall.  These are 3 year contracts which will provide stable monthly income and sustainability for our organization. But we need your help so that we can pay our landlord $14,000 we owe for the rent by July 20th!

We are a 501(c)3  non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible.  We are operated by committed volunteers, so 100% of all donations go directly to providing safe housing for women who need it the most! 

ABOUT US:

The mission of Sister to Sister 2 is to help women survivors of addiction, violence, homelessness, and incarceration HEAL, EMPOWER, and ACHIEVE their dreams, living in their purpose. 

Since 2009, Sister to Sister 2 has been part of the solution to Oakland's skyrocketing homeless problem.  Homelessness in Alameda County has risen by 43%, and in Oakland homelessness has been classified as a Humanitarian Crisis by a recent UN report. 

Approximately 1,100 women are homeless at a given time in Oakland,

68% of these are African American women.

http://www.acgov.org/hss2018/documents/City-of-Oakland-ESv2.pdf

According to the Women’s Funding Network, only 4% of all philanthropic dollars in the U.S. go towards women and girls. 

In 10 years we have provided critically needed services to 644 women. We are one of the few programs providing housing for women (regardless of their ability to pay), and the ONLY program which provides housing for up to 3 years while women attend school/job-training programs. 

Over 74% or women who have completed our program have been successful in transforming their lives -they have gone to college, found good jobs, started businesses, and obtained long-term housing!  Many now volunteer to give back to others in their community.

ABOUT ME:

I'm a mom, wife, sister, full-time Realtor and a dreamer. I volunteer as a board member at Sister to Sister 2 because I have a profound desire to help marginalized women transform their lives and a heart for homelessness. In 2013, my sister found Serenity House and went through their residential program. She had become addicted to pain medicine prescribed for a rare chronic illness. Not only was her life transformed, she now manages operations and development at Sister to Sister 2, working long days and hours without compensation. 

I believe everyone can help someone. 

Thank you for your contribution!
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To stay updated on our upcoming events, and learn more about our services, meet our staff and tour our facilities, please contact us via our website:
Website is https://www.serenityhouseoakland.org/
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Saying "Thank You" to each and every one of you hardly seems adequate to express our deepest appreciation for your outpouring of support for our women's housing program. Directly because of YOU, the women in our program will stay safe, warm, and have the tools and resources they need to move from a place of brokenness toward healing and restoration. We would absolutely love to have your email addresses so we can invite you to our upcoming Open House, where you can meet our staff and recent program graduates, tour our facilities, learn more about our services, and learn ways in which you can continue to be a part of our community!

Photo: When we have an abundance of food or clothing donated, we share with the homeless outside our doors, as you know there's a great need. We know part of the women's healing happens when the give back!
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Big shout outs and thank you to the media for getting our story out!
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We are completely overwhelmed with gratitude to all of you - because of your caring and generosity we raised above and beyond our goal- enough to pay not only our back rent, but also to pay our rent for July and August, pay our utilities, and purchase supplies that we need!

In response to the outpouring of support we have received, as well inquiries from so many generous individuals who would like to help, we have decided to increase our goal to $50,000. This would enable us to continue to pay rent and utilities for our housing for several more months while we wait for grant funds to come in, and will allow us to focus on working with women who need it the most, and to launch our entrepreneurial/job-skills training program this fall!

Thank you!!
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$30,133 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 253 people in 1 month
Created July 9, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Serenity House
Certified Charity
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Oakland, CA
EIN: 271885809
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