Hamilton Family Center Receives Twin Donations for the Holiday Season

Two large donations were recently pledged to the Hamilton Family Center, the major housing services provider for homeless families in San Francisco. The first is $850,000 from Marc and Lynne Benioff through the Salesforce.com Foundation, while the second, $483,167, will be given by the Mayor’s Homeless Fund.

Marc Benioff is the founder of salesforce.com. When he and his wife Lynne discovered that the rate of homeless families in San Francisco had reached an all-time high, the pair decided to donate $1.5 million to non-profit organizations throughout the city. Employees will also donate, volunteer and put together “move-in baskets” with fresh linens, dishware and cleaning supplies. The Mayor’s Office of Housing has responded by pledging an additional $800,000 as a means to provide families with housing in the area.

“This is a wonderful holiday gift,” said Diane Luther of Hamilton Family Center. “We’re energized by the generosity of Marc and Lynne Benioff, and pleased by the Salesforce.com Foundation’s confidence in Hamilton Family Center. Along with the Mayor’s matching donation, we can significantly reduce the stress on the system and change the lives of 60 families right away.”

She added that “there are currently more than 250 families on the waiting list to enter shelters in San Francisco, and more than 100 currently in emergency shelters and transitional programs, including 70 families in Hamilton programs. For these remaining homeless families we rely on continued support from the City and the community to help with our programs throughout the year.”



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