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With all the songs with the word “home” during this season, i.e. Home for the Holidays, Celebrate Me Home, I’ll be Home for Christmas,etc., it is no wonder that our clients feel a bit left out and resentful about their circumstances right about now. Although we have been helping our clients apply for housing there are just too few low-income vacancies and too many people who need housing. However, we are infusing our resource center with a bit of Holiday hope! Our team is looking for donors who will help our program assure that the neediest clients have a happy holiday. Clients will submit a “wish” list and donors are matched to individual clients. Gifts range from financial aid for housing to hats and winter coats. I personally am also excited about our Holiday cooking party. We will invite our clients to get together and cook a fabulous Holiday meal in Mary Elizabeth Inn’s Kitchen this month. This will give us time to celebrate with our clients and rejoice in the true spirit of the season: togetherness, comfort and joy which are also the true meanings of home.

Jennifer Maghsoudi

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A Tonic Event

A Tonic Event

On Thursday night, November 18th, VeraMax House held its first Guest Bartending Fundraiser at Tonic, a small lounge with the welcoming atmosphere of “Cheers” on Polk Street in San Francisco. Board Member Heather Volante, Executive Director Joyce August, and Case Manager Hailey Pobanz all guest bartended from 6 to 9 pm to raise money for VeraMax House. All tips and any donations made at the door went directly to fund VeraMax House services.

Happy Hour started slow, but by 8 o’clock the bar was busy and so were the guest bartenders. Everyone had a good time behind the bar, friends and colleagues enjoyed a few cocktails and watching Joyce learn how to mix cocktails. Everyone was a good sport and the event was enjoyed by all.

The guest bartenders raised $246 in tips, which was donated directly to VeraMax House. VeraMax House looks forward to doing more fundraisers in this fashion and hopes to get more people involved in the future.

Thanks to all who contributed before and after, to our Board members and their friends, as well as Tonic’s great staff.

A big thank you to all who attended, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Hailey Pobanz

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