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Box 1291 Turlock, CA 95381 (209) 664-2003
A Story of Hope
Dear Friends, The season of giving thanks is upon us, and I am reminded I have so much to be thankful for. I am honored to hold the position of Interim Executive Director for the We Care Program, and to be serving my community in this most vital way. As many of you know, following the Modesto Bee’s feature story this past Sunday, I have had my own experience with homelessness. Following the breakup of my marriage, and having lost my home, I struggled along for a couple of years trying to “hold it all together” for my three sons and I; however we eventually lost it all. Just seven short years ago, we too were homeless in Turlock, living in our vehicle. I felt lost, incapable, worthless as a parent and citizen. With emotional, spiritual, and sometimes financial support from many individuals and organizations in our community, I began the process of putting it all back together. I met a wonderful man who will become my husband next spring. We worked, volunteered, kept busy, and found purpose, slowly rebuilding a life for ourselves and the boys. I returned to school. Today I am proud to say I have earned three college degrees, including my Masters this past May. In addition to my work here at We Care, I have been hired as an instructor at California State University Stanislaus in the Sociology Department. We have bought a home, and our sons are thriving, the oldest now a college student! We are doing well. Our family is humbled by the outpouring of care and kind words from this community. We have been blessed to be able to rebuild a good life for ourselves and the children, but their father has not been so fortunate. I know that for all the successes I may realize, all the good I can do for my sons, their greatest need is that their father would be restored. I can’t make that happen, but this is why I believe so strongly in the We Care Program. I see him in the face of every homeless man who walks through our doors, and I know there is hope. I believe there is hope for each and every one of us who struggles, and that is why I do what I do.
With Gratitude,

Thank You Sierra Health for your generous contribution of $10,000 to support the We Care Program! That’s 555 shelter nights!
Another shelter season is under way, and with the wet and frigid weather upon us we are running near capacity each night. As we welcome in shelter guests each evening, wet and weary, seeking respite from the streets they call home, we are reminded that this place of refuge is made possible by the generosity of our dedicated supporters. Though our doors open for emergency shelter each November 15th, our work for each season begins with the closing of the last. The We Care Program staff and Board of Directors wish to thank you for your continued commitment and compassion for the least fortunate in our community. Arrow Floor Coverings Edward Aubert Bert Bertolotti Barbara Borba Bob & Linda Boyd Randall Brown Christian Women’s Fellowship Crossroads Church Sherri Delgado Janice Downey Dubyak Chiropractic Anna Epperson Ferrari Family Foundation Steven Filling Debbie Gutierrez Joshua & Francine Gutierrez Lorena Gutierrez William & Erma Hertan Joanne Hull Dr. Everett & Barbara Johnson Dr. Kelvin & Kirsten Jasek-Rysdahl Robert Kelly Delfina Lopez Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation Nelda McDermott Phillip Miholancan Janice Mollard Beverly Morris Nu Alpha Kappa Jerome & Patricia O’Donnell Our Lady of the Assumption Forrest Parker Pizza Factory Turlock Paul & Gwendolyn Reuben Joseph & Lorna Schmidt Wilma Seltzer Sierra Health Foundation Maris Sturtevant Savemart Supermarkets SupHerb Farms Turlock Covenant Church Mike & Chris Vignau Joe & Josie Willemse

A Book of Dreams
The We Care Program is proud to announce that our agency has been selected by the Modesto Bee for inclusion in its 24th annual Book of Dreams campaign! We are excited and honored to be a part of this most worthy event, which donates all contributions to local agencies seeking to help clients realize their dreams of overcoming life’s challenges and achieving their full potential. We hope you will consider giving generously to make this year’s Book of Dreams a success! Find out more about A Book of Dreams and contribute at Or c/o The Book of Dreams Fund 1029 16th Street Modesto, CA 95354

Barbara Olave

Making it Count The We Care Program deeply values your commitment to our agency, and your compassion for the less fortunate in our community, and when you give, we understand you are looking for the best value for your money. As stewards of your generous contributions, we honor that passion and commitment by making every penny count. At the We Care Program, over 95% of your charitable contribution goes directly to programs and services that help our clients in need. That’s making it count! Congratulations on providing 70 unduplicated individuals over 470 shelter nights so far this season!

President Bill Sturtevant Retired Executive Director Vice President Jeremiah Fair Pastor Secretary/Treasurer Maris Sturtevant Lay Missionary of Charity Members Professor of Economics Kelvin Jasek-Rysdahl Co- Director of Center for Public Policy Studies Glenn (Andy) Elder Local Business Owner

Our shelter dinner calendar is open and ready for you to reserve the nights your group would like to purchase, prepare and serve dinner or even breakfast on a cold winter weekend morning.


Thank you for your continued contributions by using your SHARES cards!! Last quarter we received $555.57 from Save Mart/Food Maxx stores!!

Chuck Fair ~ Pastor Executive Director (Interim) Barbara Olave, M.P.A.

Enclosed is my donation to the We Care Program ~ Turlock
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Gift Given for: : Death____________ Birthday____________ Wedding____________ Anniversary____________ Graduation____________ Other____________ Adopt –A-Night—————

Please make your check payable to We Care Program—Turlock and mail this section with your donation to: We Care Program—Turlock ~ P.O. Box 1291~Turlock, CA 95381