Spirit of Giving

Thanks to our community for setting a record this Holiday Season.

Neighbors from across Contra Costa County have come together to provide some holiday cheer to vulnerable families who have recently experienced homelessness. 

We were thrilled that, through generous donations of the local community we were able to provide gifts to a record 641 individuals, including over 350 children, that are part of our programs, said Deanne Pearn, Executive Director of Hope Solutions, “each year we are deeply touched by the kindness of strangers.”  

Maria Esqueda, Case Manager in Support Services is one of the Hope Solutions staff members responsible for helping residents get the services they need and delivers the gifts. “Delivering holiday gifts to our families is one of the best parts of my job”, says Maria, “I really do enjoy seeing the smiles and joy on the residents’ faces.  They are really appreciative. The Thank You notes they write are touching.”  

Maria with some of the donated gifts at Lakeside Apartments

Thank you to all of our 2021 Spirit of Giving Donors:

Angie Cherepy, Amy Bartolotta, Ashley Coates, Brianne Canepa, BSA Troop 302, Boys Team Charity Walnut Creek, Carmelita Perez, Cathy VandenBerghe, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Cindy Saygeh, Darcy Van Siclen, Deanne Pearn, Debbie Burrows, Debbie Keener, Debbie Purcell & Friends, Dede Ramsey, Duane Rustad, Elissa Lawson, Elizabeth Kalpakjian, Episcopal Church of the Ressurection, First Christian Church of Concord, First Presbyterian Church of Concord, Girl Scout Troop 32770 , Gloria Bertolozzi, Grace Episcopal Church Martinez, Hillary Murphy, Holly Bertuccelli, Japanese Christian Church of Walnut Creek, Jean Faszholz, Joan Toney, John Guerrant, Karen Rolfes, Katie Rogers, Kim Gilmore, Kitty Stephens, Lafayette Christian Church, Laura Gambel, Laura Rehfeld, Linda & Bruce Johnson, Lions Club of Rossmoor, Marianne Howie, Mark Scott Construction, Maya Enista Smith, MDUUC, Melinda Guelfi, Miramonte Interact, Mona Alawdeen and Friends, Orinda Community Church, Orinda Rotary, Our Savior’s Lutheran, Rebecca Bergmann, Republic Services, Robert Stankus, Sandra Clarke, San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, Santa Maria Church, Sarah Thayer, Shirley Guthreau, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Perpetua Women’s Ministry, Sue Polgar, Susan Blumer, TAPS, Temple Isaiah, Terry Enns, Theresa Jinkins, Tom Moglia, Trudy Meigs.