Building a Legacy of Giving

Vera R. Ciammetti is the unstoppable powerhouse and sheer force of nature behind one of our favorite shelters, Ruby’s Place. For over 20 years she has been a champion for those in need, helping victims of terrible adversity get back on their feet, and has never once shied away from a challenge. Ruby’s Place is non-profit program in Hayward, California … Read More

It Stops with Me– Dusky’s Story of Resilience in the Face of Poverty and Abuse

When Dusky was a little girl, her She-Ra shoes had holes. Classmates made fun of her ugly, second-hand winter coat that wouldn’t zip. Her family received Thanksgiving boxes of food from strangers. Dusky and her sister were raised by their single mother who was trapped in a cycle of poverty and violent relationships. Their living conditions were erratic. *Cue Record … Read More

Crossing Oceans for Freedom – Faryal’s Journey to Overcome Abuse

What is home? Perhaps it is a place where children experience peace, love, bravery and trust. Or, it’s the opportunity to host 40 friends for a traditional Pakistani dinner featuring nine main dishes. Faryal’s visions of a safe and educated home are what drove her to take the biggest risk of her life. Faryal was born and raised in Pakistan, … Read More