PLAE-it-forward + Catherine and Vanessa

We all need a little help sometimes. The Southern Marin Mothers’ Club (SMMC), run entirely by 70+ enthusiastic mom and dad volunteers, recognizes this. The club supports its members while engaging in meaningful philanthropic work to benefit local nonprofits that support parents, children, and families. For their 2018-2019 fundraising term, SMMC formed a partnership with Novato-based Gilead House, whose mission is one all SMMC members can get behind: housing homeless single mothers and their children.

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During a time when so many of us are wondering what we can do to help people suffering through no fault of their own, Gilead House offers a way to make an immediate difference for our Marin neighbors. Founded in 1999, Gilead House has provided more than 80 economically-disadvantaged mothers and 130 children with a stable living environment for anywhere from six months to two years. Families that are open to change and growth gain immense hope during their stay at Gilead House. They learn to improve their communication competency, create employment goals, develop financial management plans, strengthen parenting skills, build community, and ultimately obtain stable housing. With stable housing in their pockets, families can continue the process of growing into fully independent and self-sufficient members of the community.

Photos care of Gilead House
But Gilead House does not use magic to make these miracles happen. It receives no federal, state, or United Way funding and instead is 100% funded by personal donations. Luckily, individuals like the good folks of SMMC know that securing a safe environment in which to raise kids can make all the difference in the trajectory of entire families. From there, having somewhere to go to connect with other parents - sharing resources, discounts, playgroups, and programming like SMMC does - provides the kind of unified community that can make a sense of isolation disappear.


SMMC’s Director of Philanthropy, Vanessa, says, “Every single member of SMMC understands how important it is to have a support network when raising kids - that’s initially what brought us all together. Despite our differing backgrounds, we know that every single mother needs help from time to time and that it truly ‘takes a village’ to raise a child.” That inclusive, supportive mindset is what led SMMC to arrange for all proceeds from their participation in our PLAE-it-forward (PIF) program to benefit Gilead House. Want to be a part of SMMC’s and Gilead House’s village and help transform the lives of homeless single mothers and their children? Use checkout code GIVE721 to donate 10% of your PLAE purchase to Gilead House. Also, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.