A New Beginning
I don’t know about you but I enjoy the beginning of each new year. It seems like
out with the old and in with the new is such a good feeling, a hopeful feeling. I especially
enjoy opening up new calendars and planners with the anticipation of a fresh start. I also
enjoy reflecting on our past year – 2015. As the song goes, 2015 was a very good year.
We continue to be blessed with generous donations from community members and businesses
both monetary and in-kind to help us build and sustain our programs. Our fundraiser was not only enjoyable but very successful. The amount of volunteers that have
traveled through our doors is outstanding. Thank you goes out especially to California
State University, Stanislaus for all their support in bringing interns and volunteers to our
I’d like to point out that we have some new faces in our midst. This year we hired Lori Kollmeyer
as our full charge bookkeeper and Dana McGarry as our part-time Grant Writer.
Both have become invaluable to the organization. Scott Kollmeyer has signed up to work
part-time as our data entry person and is doing an excellent job getting our paperwork
Again we could not complete all our projects without the help of our wonderful employees
who are caring and hardworking as well as our board who continues to direct us in ways to
fulfill our mission of providing food to people in need in Stanislaus County and to facilitate
the provision of services for a better quality of life. We do make a difference in our community.
This is the month that we celebrate the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. who said; “Everyone has the power of greatness. Not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is
determined by service.” Let us all continue to reflect on our service within our community.
To all of our supporters I wish you a wonderful New Year.
Bev Hatcher – Executive Director
The Spirit of Christmas
Thank you to all who gave from your hearts and generously donated toys, books, games, and other items for Christmas. Thank you to All Saints Catholic Church of Turlock for gifts for the teens. Thank you to Lana Stone who donated books with stuffed animals that were distributed from the Turlock Lunch truck. There were many happy smiles on the faces of the children who received a stuffed animal with a book to love and cherish.
Maris, Genii, Russel, and Bev served over 38 gallons of hot chocolate, coffee, and hot apple cider at Turlocks Festival of Lights.
In Hughson we helped with the Hughson Community Project “Christmas Baskets” and the Christmas Parade, Thank you, Jackie! The Project distributed Christmas boxes of food and gifts to 430 families in need in the Hughson area. We also worked with Turlock Together to help provide Christmas Baskets of food and gifts to over 1,400 Turlock families.
It is thanks to the generosity of the people in our communities and the hard work of our many, many volunteers who carry the Spirit of Christmas in their hearts that this is all made possible. May the Spirit of Christmas live in all of us not just at Christmas but all year round!
A Message from the President
I cannot emphasize enough the gratitude I and the board have towards
all who work and volunteer their time and talent in helping keep United
Samaritans Foundation doing what we do best: serve all those in need.
We had a very successful Legacy of Hope fundraiser last month which
was a tremendous boost to our foundation.
I appreciate the passion and dedication you have in serving those in need. There are
so many people out there that appreciate your help day after day. You see it in
Thank you for your service. May your New Years bring you good health and happiness.
President of the Board
United Samaritans Foundation
USF's Stanislaus County Community Challenge starts March 1st and end April 30th. Please let us help plan your food drives during this time to support USF's programs! Contact Bev Hatcher,
“Be the change you wish to see in the World”
Volunteers are a main stay of United Samaritans Foundation, without them we would not be able to perform our mission of providing to people in need. We would like to thank and recognize our group of volunteers that come in every week to bag food items for our Friday Grocery Bags. We also want to say thank you to our kitchen crew of volunteers who have been volunteering every week for many years, helping to peel eggs, make sandwiches and bagging snacks. They have all played an important role in our twenty years of service to the community. THANK YOU!!!
One of the favorite oral auction items from our Legacy of Hope fundraiser was a catered dinner in the Duarte Farms Poinsettia Barn. This was a lovely evening catered by Chef John Gardner from Table 26 in Turlock and purchased by Dave Nagle who offered it to his St. Anthony’s choir group as a Christmas gift. What a beautiful night! The dinner was served by Maris Sturtevant and her daughter Michelle as well as Bev Hatcher and Jennifer Sturtevant who is also the General Manager of Table 26.
Making A Difference
Because of your faithful support, meals served on our trucks during
the month of November 2015
In our Emergency
Food Box Program, 250 families were provided with a three-day, three meals per person per day supply of food.
We couldn't do all this without your help. Thank you!
Help us feed the hungry! Make
online donation now using
This month we would like to begin to let our USF family see some of our volunteers. We
wanted to start with one of our most special volunteers, Marshall Lazar. Marshall has been
helping in our Turlock kitchen for over five years. He will be 90 this year and you would
never know it by how much energy he has. He was born and raised in Turlock. Marshall
came from a large family of 8 children. He is a strong Christian as well as an Assyrian
American. Marshall is a World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater and has been honored
with 3 battle stars. When the war was over he came home and began to work for the Turlock
Fruit Company. One interesting fact - the old location of the fruit packing sheds is right
on the property where USF’s Turlock office is located. He worked for them until he retired
at 53. He then began a real estate brokerage and mortgage firm. He was again very successful
and showed what true entrepreneurship is.
When he retired he began to volunteer for a few years with the County Veterans office and then for one year he
volunteered for the March of Dimes. Five years ago United Samaritans was very lucky in getting Marshall to come
and help us out. He is faithfully here every day, working hard and showing his pride in his work. He says he enjoys
being here and we can confirm that we enjoy having him here. We say this all the time that we could not do
all that we have to accomplish without the help of our wonderful volunteers – like Marshall Lazar. Thank you, Marshall!
If you have an interest in volunteering for our programs please contact our Volunteer Coordinator,
Esther Mann at (209) 668-4853.
Thanks to all who helped with our Christmas Dinner. We had many generous donations of food and candy canes.
Everyone we served receive a candy cane. We also had a wonderful turnout of volunteers at all three sites to help
prepare and serve meals. We could not have served so many (1,587 meals!) without their help.
Christmas Dinners, which were served from our trucks on December 23rd were as follows:
Turlock Truck Served 448 meals
Modesto Truck Served 424 meals
Keyes/Ceres Truck Served 426 meals
Hughson Truck Served 289 meals
in the City
In December we loaded a Storer Bus with 24 ladies and transported them to a delightful day of Christmas shopping in San Francisco. On the ride to the city everyone was treated to coffee, orange juice and champagne, fresh pastries and fruit. First stop was the Jewelry Mart and Gift Center on Brannon Street, and then lunch and more shopping in Union Square. The city was decked out beautifully for the holidays. On the trip home, everyone enjoyed a little wine, finger
food and some wonderful cookies. Thank
you to Storer Transportation for the bus
and to Gracie Medeiros, Toni, Maris, and Bev. Everyone had a great time. If
you would like to join us this year,
watch for the September newsletter for
the date of our 2016 trip.
LOOKING FOR SPACE
TO LEASE FOR
YOUR BUSINESS IN TURLOCK
We have just the spot for you. USF Retail Property & Office For Lease
- 2412 3rd St, Ste. C, Hughson, CA
- 221 S. Broadway, Turlock CA
Contact: John Lazar - (209) 581-2240 ~ Century 21 M&M and Associates. Leasing from
United Samaritans Foundation means that the rent
you pay is helping to provide services for people
in need in your community.
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Thank you for
your continued support
and your monthly
DONATIONS CAN BE BROUGHT TO 220 SOUTH BROADWAY, TURLOCK.
donations are tax deductible.
Receipts are provided.