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Help Low-Income San Luis Obispo County Residents Access No-Cost Health and Prevention Services

Health Services Summer Fund Drive Flyer 2014The Health and Prevention Division is wrapping up their 2014 Summer/Fall fund drive. Your donation will directly support no-cost health screening and clinical services for more low-income individuals and youth health education and empowerment programs for teens across the county.

Make a donation online using the donate button: 
Or you can write a check out to:
CAPSLO Health and Prevention
1030 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
We thank you for helping us support the health and well-being of thousands of individuals throughout the county!

Please contact Raye Fleming, Health and Prevention Division Director at (805) 544-2498 ext 11 with any questions or to request more information.


"Cardboard Stories" is a film by Rethink Homelessness, a non-profit located in Central Florida that wants to change the way the world sees the homeless. Each of the homeless clients CAPSLO homeless services works with has a unique and often surprising story, too. Recently Heather, a CAPSLO Shelter Worker, reflected on the many clients who are employed yet still need shelter as they get back on their feet:

The cashier ringing up our groceries. The guy making our sandwiches during the lunch hour rush.  The bartender serving up drinks until 2 am. The bus driver making his rounds in the city.  The single mom sitting next to us in class at Cuesta College.

These are not the people that typically come to mind when we envision who the homeless in our community are, but the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter (MLM), at least for a brief time, has been home for each one of these hard working individuals.

Working while homeless brings its own set of challenges. One young adult, the bartender, gets to shelter after 3 am, less than 3 hours before lights at MLM come back on.  Another gentleman, the bus driver, wakes up at 4 am to start his early morning bus routes. They are fortunate enough to have jobs and a path out of homelessness, but working and using shelter services for showers, meals, a place to sleep, and support from staff as they work towards returning to a home of their own is not always easy. Shelter services run on a tight schedule, everyone contributes to the shelter upkeep through the completion of chores, and there is little privacy when you are sharing a dormitory with 49 other people.  At MLM, staff are constantly inspired by the hard work and perseverance clients exhibit while maintaining a job or staying in school.

Because homeless individuals and families that are served by MLM don't necessarily "look homeless," it can be easy to forget that many of the people navigating homelessness in the community will be homeless for three months or less and really just need temporary support while they get back on their feet and into a home of their own.  Every time a client no longer needs MLM services it is a victory hard won, and staff are so grateful to be a part of the path back to self-sufficiency.

You can make a difference for SLO County's homeless men, women, and children by making a donation to our summer fund drive for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, volunteering, or donating items off of our needs list:

  • Disposable plates (9"), bowls, hot and cold beverage cups, disposable forks, spoons, knives
  • Pens and markers
  • Trash bags and Ziploc bags
  • Plastic Wrap/aluminum foil
  • Bath towels (new or gently used)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hotel/travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste
  • First-Aid items
  • NEW socks and NEW underwear (men, women, and children)
  • Backpacks (new or gently used)
  • Earplugs

Donated items to Homeless Services can be delivered to the Prado Day Center (preferably between 2-4pm).

For more information about ways to get involved, please contact Bryn Smith at 805.544.4355 ext 175.


Save the Date! TheSLODown.org Teen Night at Farmer's Market

Click for Larger VersionTheSLODown.org Presents:

Teen Night at Farmer's Market

Save the date:
Thursday, October 2nd.

Join us in showcasing local services available to SLO County Teens.

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Summer Fund Drive for Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter Aims to Raise $15,000

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County has launched a summer fund drive for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter. Please help us reach the goal of raising $15,000 for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter by July 31, 2014.

Every night, the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter provides emergency shelter and/or meals for 100-150 homeless individuals. Approximately 10% are children between the ages of birth and 18. The shelter provides a refuge from sleeping in cars or out in the elements, but it also provides healthy meals and the support and encouragement needed to help people rebuild their lives.

Online fundraising for Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter Summer Fund Drive

Click here for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter Newsletter for Summer 2014You can visit here to make a donation, track our progress, or share the cause with your friends and family. Please call 805.544.4355 to make a donation by phone. Checks can be made out to CAPSLO-MLM and be dropped off or mailed to:

1030 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

The Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter depends on the generosity of our community’s volunteers, partners, and donors to ensure that services are available to the people in our community who need our help the most! Every year, private donations from caring community members account for more than 1/4th of the Shelter’s overall budget. Every dollar helps feed, shelter, and support those that need it. Thank you!


27th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights​ Thanks You!

Joan Gellert-Sargen - Event Sponsor, and Biz Steinberg - CEO CAPSLO (photo by Cheryl Strahl)The CAPSLO Health & Prevention Division could not have coordinated the Afternoon of Epicurean Delights without the volunteer event committee: Carl Weber, Sandee Menge, Paula Clark, Margaret King and Jim Weilbacher.  They were joined by Division Staff: Kayla Wilburn, Darlene Azevedo, Janet Allenspach and Raye Fleming.

All flower arrangements were from Shell Beach Floral Design and Cheryl Strahl was the event photographer. The master of ceremonies at the pool stage was Adam Montiel from KRUSH.

Thank you everyone who donated, volunteered, or purchased tickets to the 27th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights-- you all helped make this year's event a resounding success!

Special thanks to our event sponsor Joan Gellert-Sargen and event host Don Shidler. The support of our sponsor and underwriters assists the Division to provide no cost services to thousands of vulnerable community members:

  • Breakaway Tours and Event Planning
  • Coast 101.3
  • Cracker Crab
  • iii Design
  • Jay and Carol Devore
  • Bill Gaines Audio
  • BOLTON and Company
  • Edward Jones/David Gaddis
  • New Times
  • PRP Companies
  • Shell Beach Floral Design
  • Harvey’s Honey Huts
  • Cheryl Strahl
  • Michael Stenvall
  • The Sun
  • Tolosa Press
  • Carl Weber

Purveyors who gave of their time and amazing talents:Thanks again! We'll see you next year! (photo by Cheryl Strahl)

  • 2nd Chance Winery
  • Ancient Peak Winery
  • Baileyana Winery
  • Big Sky Café
  • Black Horse Expresso & Bakery
  • Blue Skye Bistro
  • Byron Winery
  • Cambria Winery
  • Castoro Cellars
  • Chamisal Winery
  • Clairborne & Churchill Vinters
  • Cracker Crab
  • Del’s Pizzeria & Italian Restuaurant
  • Edna Valley Vineyards
  • Filipponi Ranch
  • Firestone Walker Brewery
  • Frolicking Frog winery
  • Gardens of Avila Restaurant
  • Gerald’s Olde Tyme Chocolates
  • Harmony Cellars
  • Honey Bee Cakery
  • J Lohr Winery
  • Jaffa Café Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
  • Kenneth Volk Winery
  • Laetitia Vineyard & winery
  • Lido at Dolphin Bay Resort
  • Linn’s of Cambria
  • Novo Restaurant & Lounge
  • Opolo vineyards
  • Paella Party SLO
  • Peachy Canyon Vineyard
  • Peloton Cellars
  • Penny’s All American Café
  • Sage at Vista Grande
  • Saucelito Canyon Winery
  • Sculpterra Winery
  • Seaside Café & Bakery
  • Shell Beach Brewhouse
  • Splash Café
  • Stephen Ross Cellars
  • Still Waters Vineyards
  • Tablas Creek Vineyards
  • Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steak House
  • Tap It Brewing Company
  • Testa Catering
  • The Groves on 41
  • The Muffin Goddess at the Cliff’s Resort
  • Tolosa Winery
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Upper Crust Trattoria
  • Windows on the Water
  • Zorro’s Café & Cantina

Musicians provided amazing sounds to go along with the majestic setting:

  • Kristen Black Band
  • Dan Curcio
  • Erin Inglish
  • Girls and Boys
  • Jill Knight
  • The Booker Tease

And a final thank you to those who purchased tickets and joined us in supporting these Health & Prevention Division services:

  • Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Removal of gang and anti-social tattoos
  • Mobile preventive health screening & education for adults
  • Birth control
  • Evidence-based healthy eating classes for seniors
  • Case management of pregnant & parenting teens
  • Evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs in local high schools
  • Menopausal services
  • After school fitness program at Arroyo Grande High School
  • Mammograms/ultrasounds
  • Testing & treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Teen peer-provided reproductive health care clinics
  • Life skill classes for youth in Paso Robles
  • Yearly exams for men & women

See you all next year on Sunday June 7, 2015 for the 28th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights.

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