A good job. A decent home. Food on the table. It’s easy to take these things for granted. But the fact is that too many of our neighbors in the Bay Area can face problems meeting their basic needs.
The Haas, Jr. Fund has a long tradition of supporting community organizations and initiatives that help those in need. This tradition continues today with the Fund’s Critical Assistance grants. Each year, we support community food banks, emergency shelters for the homeless and other safety net services throughout the Bay Area. These organizations and programs help thousands of families get through difficult times that might otherwise leave them hungry or homeless.
The Haas, Jr. Fund has supported many of our Critical Assistance grantees for a decade or more. Long-time grantees like the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank, who have been our partners for more than a quarter of a century, help fight hunger by distributing food to families and individuals in need. Organizations such as Raphael House, a family shelter in the Tenderloin, help children and their families move from homelessness to stability. Project Open Hand runs a food pantry and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. These organizations work, with love and respect, to help lift people out of crises and into opportunities where they can achieve their full potential.
Over the past five years, from 2008 through 2013, the Haas, Jr. Fund has provided Critical Assistance grants of more than $5.3 million.