From the Director and Chair
My New Red Shoes Annual Report 1
Dear Friends,It has been yet another year of major growth and transformation for My NewRed Shoes. We headed out of the garage into our first-ever office space,
hosted a “Pack for Pride Day” for over 100 volunteers to sort and pack over
1,500 back-to-school gift bags, and more than doubled our summer distribu-tion to 1,525 homeless children, up from 650 last year.
It’s hard to imagine, but for homeless children who may wonder where they
will sleep each night, a new school outfit can make the difference betweenbeing able to focus in class and wanting to hide from their schoolwork, teach-ers and classmates. In the words of one agency professional,
ful generosity targets a very real issue of our clients who have few family
Caron Tabb Heather HopkinsExecutive Director Founder & Board Chair
resources and many challenges including abuse, neglect, trauma, mental health and learningdisabilities. This year they started school in new clothes of their own choosing and felt special,considered and cared for
While engaged in the process of strategic planning this year, My New Red Shoes’ staff and board
were delighted (while not surprised) to realize that our young organization is already achievingremarkable results. After careful analysis, we set a goal to provide brand new school wardrobesto 2,500 homeless and very low-income Bay Area children in the summer of 2009.
My New Red Shoes’ Kids Helping Kids education programs will soar to new heights this school
year. The successful Teen Advocacy Council (formerly the Junior Board) will launch its second sitein San Francisco. Two Peninsula middle schools will engage in long-term education programs thataddress the causes of homelessness and empower students to become advocates on behalf of their homeless peers. Among other advocacy projects, participants will help organize My New
Red Shoes’ annual walkathon this spring in downtown Burlingame. While the challenges facinghomeless children are so great and their needs so dire, the community’s awareness and knowl-edge of this problem lag far behind. Kids Helping Kids is My New Red Shoes’ answer.
For the majority of this past fiscal year we have worked side-by-side as Co-Executive Directors. InOctober, Heather assumed the position as Board Chair with Caron taking on the position of Ex-ecutive Director. Along with six new board members, a strong professional team and your stead-fast support, we will continue to guide My New Red Shoes to the benefit of homeless Bay Areachildren.