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. Maybe a parent lost a job and can’t keep up with the rent, putting the family on the edge of homelessness. Or maybe an elderly person is facing spiraling health care costs and can’t afford food and other essentials.
The Haas, Jr. Fund has a long tradition of supporting community organizations and initiatives that help individuals and families 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 ten years or more. Examples are the Raphael House, a shelter for homeless families in the Tenderloin; and Project Open Hand, which runs a food pantry and offers home-delivered meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses.
Over the past five years, from 2007 through 2011, the Haas, Jr. Fund has provided Critical Assistance grants of more than $4.1 million.