The Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), a community resource center for low-income and homeless families, celebrated 25 years of breaking the cycle of childhood poverty with its third Annual Luncheon. Held at the Fairmont Hotel on Tuesday, September 30th , the Luncheon recognized the agency’s remarkable accomplishments over the last 25 years and honored The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) for providing the seed funding to start the organization in 1989.
Thanks to the guidance and backing of supporters like TSFF, HPP has grown from a small clinic in the closet of a family shelter to a nationally recognized leader pioneering care for low-income families.
“Where there were obstacles for women who were struggling, Homeless Prenatal Program unleashed opportunity and dreams for the future,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. “Martha Ryan’s bold vision has ensured thousands of families the opportunity to build a good life. We are proud to be a spring board for Homeless Prenatal Program, and the generosity of the Bay Area that brings bold ideas like HPP to life.”
The Luncheon celebrated its silver anniversary by recognizing those who made HPP’s success possible. The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) has supported the organization since its founding, beginning with its very first grant of $52,000 and sustained support over the years, including helping HPP secure its new home, the Lipman Family Building, in large part due to a generous legacy gift by Gilbert and Marie Mendenhall Cleasby, donors at the Foundation. Special recognition was given to Elizabeth J. McCarthy, long standing volunteer and benefactor. Sonia Batres and Carla Roberts, HPP employees for 20 years and graduates of the Community Health Worker Training Program, were also honored. (Sonia & Carla offered these words of appreciation to luncheon supporters and attendees.)
At the Luncheon, Martha Ryan, HPP Founder and Executive Director, proudly announced a challenge grant to support the agency’s signature program, the Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program, which is funded primarily by individual donors through its Annual Appeal.
“Each year we train 8 Community Health Workers. We’ve trained a total of 140 since our inception. Imagine what the health and well-being of our community would look like if we could train 50 Carla’s and Sonia’s each year.”
Initially for $150,000, another generous donor contributed an additional $50,000 to the cause while Ryan stood on stage. HPP’s challenge is to raise $200,000 by December 31st, funds which will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling its impact.*
The event was co-chaired by Helen Hughes, Moira Kimball and Mary Rudden, and was HPP’s most successful Luncheon yet, selling out with over 400 guests and raising over $210,000. Proceeds benefit HPP’s holistic programs, which serve more than 3,500 San Francisco families annually.
Event sponsors included California Healthcare Foundation, The Conway Family Foundation, Lucy Jewett and Brenda & George Jewett, Barry & Marie Lipman, AT&T, Top One Oil Products, Elizabeth McCarthy, McKesson Foundation, Robert & Cristina Morris, Recurrent Energy, Robert Carrigan, Margaret & Kevin Lynch, Mary E. Rudden, Shirley & Peter Welsh, Diane Wilsey, Bank of the West, Plum Organics, The Spoiled Mama, The Swig Company, and many others. Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Supervisor David Campos were in attendance.
SF Chronicle Datebook coverage of the event