Who's got the GOLDEN TICKET?!


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In your wildest dreams you could not imagine the marvelous SURPRISES that await YOU! 


Update: Who's got the GOLDEN TICKET?! (11/27/17)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: During her programs & services update at City Council this week, PRC Executive Director Anita Rees encourages you all to check your mail to see if you are the lucky finder of our Sam Mazza Golden Ticket!

Update: Who's got the GOLDEN TICKET?! (12/11/17)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "There's just 20 days left to find the Golden Ticket and claim the marvelous SURPRISES that await YOU!" - Anita Rees, PRC Executive Director. 

Make a Year End gift to PRC and help us raise $70,000!

As we prepare for the New Year, I ask that you make a year-end gift to PRC and help us continue our vital work, providing economic security and safety net services to Pacificans struggling to make ends meet.

And, I am pleased to share that your contribution will be generously matched up to $35,000 by The Sam Mazza Foundation! Every $1 you give by December 31, 2017 is worth $2 to Pacifica Resource Center and the families we serve, helping them feed their families, keep a roof over their heads, and become more financially stable.

This year, we completed a new strategic plan which included interviews with nearly 50 supporters, community partners, volunteers, and clients. Our strategic plan confirms the trend we are seeing – more Pacificans could use our support; they just do not realize they are eligible for our services. For example, 1 in 10 Pacifica households earned less than $25,000 and nearly 2 in 5 Pacifica families earned less than $105,000 - the US Department of Housing's low-income threshold for a family of 4 (source:  U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Survey). In 2018, we will be testing new ways to offer our services to reach more Pacifica families in need and better serve our community. 

With your gift, we can assure that every Pacifican has food, shelter, and the opportunity to thrive. Join us in supporting our neighbors struggling to make ends meet and give today! Together, we are neighbors helping neighbors. Contributions to PRC are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law; our tax ID is 81-1496989.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support,

Anita M. Rees, Executive Director

P.S. Remember, your gift will be matched up to $35,000, helping us raise $70,000 for our important work. Give by December 31, 2017 and double your donation!

P.P.S. Save the Date! PRC’s opening of our new mural, “Coastal Wildflowers” by local artist Robert Louthan, will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018. More info to follow soon.

PRC's impact on the community

Preventing Homelessness in Pacifica

Last year, we prevented homelessness or sheltered over 300 Pacifica families through one-time housing assistance, motel vouchers, and shelter referral funded by state and local funds.

The Palmer family came to PRC when they got behind on their rent after Max – husband to Liza and father to their 6 year old son – was involved in a car accident and was unable to work. Max is a driver and Liza works as a clerk at a grocery store. The property manager refused their back rent and evicted the Palmers, forcing them to move. With PRC’s help, they were accepted to a below market rate (BMR) apartment and are in the process of applying for PRC’s housing assistance program to pay their move in costs. While their family recovers financially from Max’s accident, the Palmers continue to use PRC food programs and look forward to enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner together in their new home.

Empowering Families through Economic Security Services

We provided over 450 economic security services, including free tax preparation, financial coaching, and savings programs – all of which are long term solutions to help Pacificans become economically stable with resources to avoid and minimize future crises.

Grace is a senior living on a fixed income. Last year, she became homeless after years of struggle with her former property manager. She felt ashamed that she had become homeless. Through intensive case management and financial coaching, Grace felt empowered to accept a referral to a subsidized housing program. Earlier this year, she found a property owner willing to accept the subsidy. Grace moved her things out of storage, reducing her expenses, then felt ready to enroll in our Emergency Savings Program (ESP). She developed a savings plan and has been saving consistently. Grace will complete ESP this month with $300 in savings and feels confident that she can handle any unexpected, financial crisis.

Give by December 31, 2017 to double your donation and help Pacifica Resource Center raise $70,000 for our vital services!

PRC Services at a Glance *


* In addition to the services above, PRC provided food support to benefits 23,167 Pacifica residents (duplicated).

* In addition to the services above, PRC provided food support to benefits 23,167 Pacifica residents (duplicated).

PRC Emergency Shelter and Housing Assistance

Requested v. Services Provided


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Adopt-a-Family this Holiday Season!

With the holiday season around the corner, I hope you will consider “adopting” a Pacifica family this year. As an adopter, you really are a secret Santa because neither you nor your “adopted” family discloses names. If you like the adoption idea, but do not have the time t shop, you can also purchase gift cards for PRC to have on hand for other families we serve that are not officially adopted for the holidays. And, gift cards are always great for teens. 

Here is how PRC’s Adopt A Family works:  Pacifica families with children 17 and under sign up with PRC by turning in holiday wish letters from each child and naming one gift the whole family would like. You use those letters to guide your gift purchases and bring wrapped gifts to PRC after Thanksgiving and before Friday, December 8th. When the families pick up the gifts, they write you an immediate thank you (usually from the parents). Then, after the holidays, each child writes a thank you letter about the specific items they received.

To help you decide the number of children to adopt, we suggest that you plan to spend at least $100 per child for gifts and ask that you also include a household gift. Optional additional gifts are special holiday food treats and grocery store gift cards to purchase holiday food.

Call PRC when you know the size of the family you wish to support for the holidays and we will match you ASAP. We are in the process of signing up families now, so there may be a time lag between your request and the match. Our goal is to give you details about your family no later than Wednesday, November 23rd.

Thank you so much for your interest in our holiday programs.


Are you or anyone you know interested in the 7-day stay at the Golden Buddha Resort in Bali for the winning bid amount of $2,800? Additional trips are available exclusively to PRC until 10/6/17. Please call (650) 738-7470 or email Robby@pacresourcecenter.org so we can make the arrangements. Terima Kasih! (Thank you!)

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Selamat Datang! (Welcome!) Experience the authentic Bali, far from the tourist crowds during your 7 Day Stay at the Golden Buddha Resort where staff strive to make each guest feel special. Your private cottage is nestled in a lush, rural setting that looks toward a mountain range and river valley, amongst unparalleled natural beauty. On site public amenities include a swimming pool, covered dining area, outdoor kitchen facilities, day spa, Garden Café, full bar and room service. Golden Buddha also offers on-site cooking classes as well where guests can learn how to prepare a variety of local dishes. You take care of the flight and we’ll provide the accommodations! Salamat Jalan! (Happy Trip!) (Dates by mutual agreement with Sojourn Ventures)


Thank you for supporting Pacifica Resource Center’s Inaugural Palm-a-Palooza sponsored in part by Recology of the Coast, Sam Mazza Foundation and Pacifica Mothers Club on August 19, 2017. Together, we raised nearly $50,000 for our vital work in the community! 

Nearly 200 PRC supporters, friends, and family joined us in our big top for a fun night of Ferris Wheel rides, photos with our Palm (name TBA by Mary Ann Nihart, our 2017 Name Our Palm winner), and a stupendous live auction. We served popcorn and cotton candy, marinated salad from Breakers, appetizers from Oceana Market, and dinner from The Waffle Roost and Moonraker food trucks. Our beer and wine selection was courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Co., Bell Tower Restaurant, and Wine Warehouse. And, our magnificent evening concluded with cake from Mazzetti’s Bakery and desserts from Baked Beauties, Bay Cakery, Cheryl’s Shortbread, and The French Patisserie, along with Peerless Coffee lovingly brewed by Breakers.

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As you know, funds raised at Palm-a-Paloooza help us continue to provide a safety net of food, housing assistance, and other critical services to the growing number of Pacificans struggling to make ends meet. For example, 1 in 10 Pacifica households earned less than $25,000 and nearly 2 in 5 Pacifica families earned less than $105,000 – the US Department of Housing’s low-income threshold for a family of 4 (source:  US Census Bureau 2011-2015 America Community Survey).

On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, thank you again for supporting our vision to assure the basic needs of every Pacifican are met so that each member of our community has the opportunity to thrive. Together, we are neighbors helping neighbors! 

For more Palm-a-Palooza highlights, please visit PRC's new Instagram account, @prc94044!

Back to School

Last year, Pacifica Resource Center helped prepare 154 low-income Pacifica children for the new school year with backpacks and grade-specific school supplies. This year, we invite you to support our 2017 Back to School with a gift of backpacks and school supplies.

Pacifica Resource Center supports the economic security of low-income Pacifica families and individuals by providing a safety net of food, housing assistance, and other critical services, including coaching, advocacy, information, and referral. As part of this work, our Back to School program helps our families use their limited incomes to stay housed and feed their families, instead of sacrificing food and rent money to prepare their children for school. And, when children have food and shelter and can go to school with the supplies they need, they have the tools to succeed academically.

To contribute, order from our Amazon Wishlist by August 1st with a delivery date by Thursday, August 3rd 2017. If you wish to buy items in person, you may drop off donations by 12pm Friday, August 4th 2017.


As of today, we still need 23 more backpacks, preferably the following option in black, available at your local Costco.

The rest of the items can be found at tinyurl.com/PRCBacktoSchool2017

Click to Visit the Wishlist

Remember to use AmazonSmile for extra impact!


Want to make your donation go further?

If you purchase items off of our Amazon list, Amazon will donate 0.5% to Pacifica Resource Center if you make sure to purchase through AmazonSmile. Simply double check that you are logged into smile.amazon.com rather than basic Amazon, and that you have PRC as your designated charity, and Amazon will automatically take care of the rest.

For more information on AmazonSmile and a setup how-to, please visit our post.

We hope that you join us in helping us insure that our children go to school prepared and ready to succeed by supporting our Back to School program this year. Our nonprofit tax ID is 81-1496989

AmazonSmile for PRC

Do you shop on Amazon? Visit smile.amazon.com and type in "Pacifica Resource Center" or simply use this URL: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-1496989. Select it just once, and then every time you shop on Amazon, use the smile.amazon.com website (instead of just amazon.com). Pacifica Resource Center will be gifted 0.5% of your purchase totals. 


What is PRC's unique link?

What does this unique link do?
Click on PRC's unique AmazonSmile link to skip the "Pacifica Resource Center" search process. Instead, you'll be taken to smile.amazon.com and are automatically asked if you want to support PRC.

Can I just tell search for Pacifica Resource Center at smile.amazon.com?
Yes. However, that makes it harder for you to find and select Pacifica Resource Center. There are over 1 million eligible charities and you may end up picking a different organization during the selection process.

Do I have to click on my Pacifica Resource Center's AmazonSmile link every time I shop?
No. Once you select your organization, PRC will receive 0.5% of the price of all eligible smile.amazon.com purchases, regardless of whether you use PRC's unique AmazonSmile link to return to the site. However, we recommend that you bookmark and use the unique link so you don't accidentally shop at www.amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com are eligible for donations. (Note: AmazonSmile only works on the desktop site.)

What will I see if I've already selected Pacifica Resource Center and then click on the organization's unique link?
If you are already supporting PRC and you click on the organizations unique link, you will simply be taken to smile.amazon.com so you can start shopping. You do not have to re-select Pacifica Resource Center. If someone supporting a different charity clicks on PRC's charity link, they are asked if they'd like to switch organizations.

How can I share Pacifica Resource Center's unique AmazonSmile link with supporters?
Share the unique link --- https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-1496989 --- on your website, in email, and on social media.


How to Sign Up

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-1496989. You will be prompted to sign in using your regular Amazon login.


If you have never used AmazonSmile before, you will now be prompted to select your charity.


Search Pacifica Resource Center in the search bar, and click the Select button next to our name in the results.


The next screen will confirm you understand that you must shop on smile.amazon.com rather than basic Amazon in order to support PRC.


Once you have confirmed, you will reach the shopping screen. As you can see, the web address says smile.amazon.com, and under Supporting, it should show Pacifica Resource Center.



Back to School With PRC

We are currently accepting donations for Back to School. Learn more on our post, or go directly to our Amazon Wishlist to purchase. Donations must be delivered by Thursday, August 3rd.

PRC's mission is to support the economic security of Pacifica families and individuals by providing a safety net of food, housing assistance, and other critical services, including coaching, advocacy, information, and referral. Last year, we helped prepare 154 youth for the new school year with grade appropriate school supplies. Please purchase what you can from our Back to School 2017 List... Every little bit helps! Thank you!

PRC's Palm-a-Palooza 2017!

You're invited to Pacifica Resource Center’s 1st Annual Palm-a-Palooza to be held Saturday, August 19th at 6:00pm in the parking lot of City Council Chambers at 2212 Beach Blvd. Pacifica, CA 94044. 

Join over 200 guests to come and participate in a live auction, eat dinner from local food trucks/restaurants, and enjoy this year’s carnival theme under our big top tent. 

$75 Per Person or $700 For a Table of 10. Includes First Drink (Beer or Wine), Dinner & Dessert. 21+ ONLY!

Food on your table, roof over your head, keeping your lights on, and saving for your future are the safety net essentials of a stable home. With your attendance and support, PRC can continue to provide this safety net to Pacifica families struggling to make ends meet. 

We look forward to seeing you at PRC’s Palm-a-Palooza on Saturday, August 19th to celebrate and support our efforts in building a healthier and more stable community for all of us to enjoy. 

On behalf of our staff, board and volunteers, we hope you will step right up and get your ticket today! 

Tickets available online: http://bit.ly/2uGICar or at PRC's office: 1809 Palmetto Ave. (Palmetto & Santa Maria)

PRC is a nonprofit 501c3 and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law; our tax ID is 81-1496989.


Ps. Ferris Wheel rides start at 5pm!

Calling all past and present PRC Volunteers!

PRC invites you to our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration! 

Without you, our volunteers, we could not do all the important work that we do. PRC's accomplishments are your accomplishments because our vital work is only possible because of you.

Please join us this year as we honor Pacificans Care, Joel Fontaine, Marian Hinshaw, and Julie Starobin.

When: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 Time: 12:30-2pm Where: American Legion Hall (555 Buel Street Pacifica, CA)

Lunch will be served.

Please call to RSVP: (650)738-7470

Thank you!