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September 2018 newsletter

Night of Light – Friday, November 2, 2018

Invitations to this year’s Night of Light on November 2 should be arriving soon in your mailbox! This year’s gala celebrates Diane B. Wilsey who is a leading philanthropist in the Bay Area and one of Episcopal Impact Fund’s major supporters. We hope you will join us for a fun, inspiring evening and help us raise money to support our anti-poverty work. You can find details and buy your tickets here:

Fall Equinox Celebration – Sunday, September 23, 2018 This Sunday from 12-3pm we will celebrate the Fall Equinox at the Santiago/St James Garden Project, 1223 Foothill Blvd, (13th Ave & Foothill Blvd), Oakland, CA. This beautiful garden was funded by a California Cap and Trade Grant secured by Episcopal Impact Fund to benefit the people of East Oakland. Join us for lunch, Aztec Dancers and garden activities for all ages. For more information call (510) 533-2136.

Housing Workshop at the Diocesan Convention – Saturday, October 20, 2018

Our work with congregations working to address the Bay Area housing crisis continues. To date, we have consulted with nine churches about development potential and have made our first grant to fund an initial feasibility study for one of our churches. We will again sponsor a panel discussion on this important topic at the Diocesan Convention on October 20. I hope to see you there.

Grantee Spotlight – Ohlhoff Recovery Services

Episcopal Impact Fund serves organizations that address the root causes of poverty in the Bay Area. Inspired by the teachings of the gospel, we share a vision of a world without poverty. Episcopal Impact Fund is pleased to highlight organizations that YOU support! Ohlhoff Recovery Programs which works to break the cycle of addiction and substance abuse that traps many in poverty.

For over 50 years, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has provided affordable, quality treatment for adults and adolescents in recovery from substance abuse and chemical dependency. All services are offered without regard to race, creed, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, nationality, or relapse history.

We recently spoke with Arlene Stanich-Prince, Executive Director of Ohlhoff Recovery Programs.

What does your work entail?

As the Executive Director of a nonprofit, I wear many hats. I am responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include Human Resources including payroll and employee benefits; fundraising and community outreach. In my position, I still use my clinical skills to meet with clients and to perform family interventions. Finally, I work closely with the Board of Governors.

What’s next on Ohlhoff’s agenda?

We just moved the San Francisco Outpatient program from the Castro to the Sunset District. We lost our lease after 10 years, but it has turned into a blessing. It is a beautiful facility, and it’s much larger so we can expand. We plan to have a grand opening soon.

We just opened the Women’s Residential Program in November 2016. The goal is to be able to increase the number of beds for women in the next few years. Many people still associate Henry Ohlhoff as a men’s only program, we need to get the word out that we treat both men and women.

What can you imagine for Ohlhoff Recovery Programs in 5 years?

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs continue to provide the best treatment for those suffering from addiction. I want all the programs to be successful, so we can start a scholarship fund for both men and women. We should be able to expand our Women’s Residential Program in the next 5 years. Depending on the housing market, we will either lease or buy or if someone would like to donate?

Hopefully, we can hire more counselors to provide free services in the high schools and to add more schools to the list for our outpatient adolescent program.

In the future, we would like to make matching contributions to our employees 401(k) plan and give our hard-working team the raises they deserve.

Episcopal Impact Fund is grateful for their work!



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