Homeless Prenatal Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Homeless Prenatal AnniversaryImages by Drew Altizer Photography

The Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), a family resource center for low-income and homeless families since 1989, celebrated its 25th Anniversary of service to the community at its annual Our House benefit. In the spirit of this silver holiday, the agency threw its biggest event yet – set festively to the theme of “The Roaring 20’s” – on Saturday, May 31st. The evening included live music by local jazz ensemble The Klipptones, as well as catering by SF-based Straw Restaurant and a full bar featuring signature drinks.

Over 400 supporters, community members and government officials were in attendance, raising $185,000 to support the agency’s mission of breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. Proceeds from the event directly support the agency’s myriad of family services. HPP serves over 3,500 families a year, providing case management, prenatal and parenting support, housing assistance, domestic violence prevention and intervention, substance abuse support, mental health services, child welfare support, job training and emergency support of basic needs.

Event sponsors included Lucy Jewett, The Conway Family Foundation, Jimmy Zhu, Top One Oil Products, Mildred and Jeff Crear, Matthew Harrington, Barry and Marie Lipman, Lisa Stone Pritzker and John Pritzker, Robert and Cristina Morris, The O’Shea Foundation, Liz and Greg Vaughan, Adobe, California Healthcare Foundation, California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Union, The San Francisco Foundation, Plum Organics, The Swig Company, Kaiser Permanente, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, PG&E, and many others.

The celebration was held in HPP’s new permanent home, The Lipman Family Building. HPP purchased its three-story building in San Francisco’s Mission district in 2005 for $4.65 million, solidifying the agency’s permanent place in our community. However, HPP put its capital needs on hold in 2007 to better support programming in response to the recession. Last year, the agency re-launched the Capital Campaign following a very generous $650,000 gift from a donor advised fund of the San Francisco Foundation, which was directed by the late Dr. Gilbert W. Cleasby and his wife Mrs. Marie Mendenhall Cleasby.

With a remarkable donation from Board Member Barry Lipman and his wife Marie, HPP’s building was paid off in 2012, and on May 1st was named The Lipman Family Building. HPP is honored to be the recipient of such inspiring philanthropic vision. With many thanks to the Cleasby Family, the San Francisco Foundation, the Lipman family and all the donors and volunteers who have invested in the agency’s mission to end the cycle of childhood poverty.

“We are extremely honored to have helped fulfill one of the Cleasby’s charitable goals and create a meaningful legacy,” said Ruben D. Orduña, Vice President of Development and Donor Services at The San Francisco Foundation. “Homeless Prenatal Program is such an important resource in our community and the contribution from the Cleasby Family’s donor advised fund will help HPP serve more families in need for many years to come.”

This achievement comes at a pinnacle moment in HPP’s history, solidifying its standing in the local community. As economic and housing challenges continue to mount in San Francisco, the agency’s comprehensive social services are especially pertinent. “HPP is here to stay. By stabilizing families we’re building healthy communities. Thanks to HPP’s amazing network of supporters, we look forward to changing lives for the next 25 years” said Martha Ryan, Founder and Executive Director of HPP.

To find our more on how you can help The Homeless Prenatal Program visit www.homelessprenatal.org

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