Together, We Can Give Hope for the Holidays – 2020 Campaign Page
“Ritter Center is a secure place to go where I can get help with almost anything a human can really need.”
― Elizabeth, a Ritter Center Client
For families like Elizabeth’s, Ritter Center offers a ray of hope for the holidays. For years, she’s received desperately needed support, such as access to food, healthcare, and holiday programs that provide gifts for her children – thanks to the generosity of our dedicated donors.
However, this holiday season is like no other.For those living on the edge of homelessness or now experiencing life without a home, it’s especially dire.
Ritter Center has been on the frontlines since day one of this crisis helping thousands of neighbors in need find shelter, get food, and access medical care.
With ongoing job losses, constant health worries, and food insecurity rising, we are receiving increased requests for assistance this holiday season. COVID has exacerbated poverty in our community.
Many families are wondering if they will eat a holiday dinner or have gifts for their children. That’s where you and Ritter Center come in.
Your gift will help fund our 2020 seasonal holiday programs and provide vital support for our health and social services for the coming year:
In past years, people usually shopped for items from our Family to Family wish lists or bought food for our meal programs which they would then drop off at Ritter Center. We also placed toy bins at small businesses. This year is different. In order to keep you, our staff, and our clients safe and prevent the spread of COVID, we will not be collecting or distributing toys, gifts, or food items from individuals for our holiday programs this year(exceptions made for donations prearranged from groups/corporations/suppliers – see below)*.
Instead, we are asking our community of supporters to donate online, so we can purchase and distribute food, personal care items, and gift cards to families and individuals in need. This alternative ensures we can still meet the needs of the most vulnerable members in our community.
Thanks to our supporters, in 2020 we:
Your donation provides Thanksgiving meal kits, gift cards for toys, and medical and mental health services. People experiencing homelessness will eat a hot holiday meal at our Holiday Dinner “To Go” on December 16 and receive care packages.
Thank you to the following partners for their Hope for the Holidays support:
*We are accepting and arranging bulk donations from groups on a case by case basis and are seeking corporate support to help fund our programs. Please contact Jessica Hansen at [email protected] for more details.
If you need help finding food and shelter this holiday season, or know someone who would benefit from our holiday programs, call (415) 457-8182 and read more about how to register below. It’s quick and easy!
Can you volunteer this season? We need help assembling and distributing holiday food bags and preparing gift bags with gift cards and handwritten notes for our Family to Family Holiday Gift Card Program recipients.
Ritter Center has found permanent housing for 30 people and given over $400,000 in rental assistance since COVID. Read our latest news stories to learn how your donations help our local neighbors in need.