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June 5, 2018 > Gala raises nearly $125,000 to support low-income families

Gala raises nearly $125,000 to support low-income families

Submitted By Jessica Edmond

On May 16, 2018, Davis Street hosted its only fundraising event of the year, raising nearly $125,000 to support low-income families. ?An Enchanting Evening in Paris,? attended by more than 160 individuals, was held at the beautiful and historic Dunsmuir Hellman Estate. The event was in support of Davis Street and the services they provide to the community, especially the RotaCare Program, which has provided free acute medical care to thousands of uninsured patients since June 1995.

Basic Needs provides safety net services to nearly 15,000 low-income individuals each year and is often the point of entry for many of the families served. ?Funding for Basic Needs is critical to the children, families, and seniors that turn to us for assistance. The program provides clothing, food, housing assistance, and utility assistance,? said Rose Padilla Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Davis Street. Services include food pantry, providing more than 32,000 bags of groceries each year; clothing program; housing and utility assistance; and Covered California insurance enrollments.

Basic Needs also has seasonal programs and events to help meet the needs of the community and support the families it serves. The 4th Annual Health Fair on August 11 will provide free health screenings, immunizations, and dental screenings for children entering school. This community event features more than 30 community resource booths and linkages to other organizations and resources throughout the area. New backpacks and school supplies in addition to new tennis shoes will be given to eligible children. The Holiday Food Basket and Toy Program provides more than 1,000 families and seniors with a complete holiday meal and new unwrapped age appropriate toys for children each year.

To learn more about Davis Street, call (510) 347-4620 or visit

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