Since that time, Chen has looked to expand Bloom’s footprint by spearheading an organization that has a direct, tangible impact on people’s lives at a critical moment, providing free wardrobes and life skills training to men, women and families transitioning to a life of self-reliance and looking for a job, whether it’s a person just released from prison, someone recovering from substance abuse or a victim of domestic abuse seeking independence.
Bloom organized a vivid display of that work last week, when Chen and company visited the pre-K classes of San Pedro Elementary School in San Rafael to deliver much-needed new shoes. Bloom also gave each child a book and stuffed animal compliments of Kohl’s Cares.
“Most importantly, we were looking to put smiles on the children’s faces and allow them to get back to the business of being a child,” Chen says.
“It was a blessing to be there for them, to see how a small gift could make such a big difference in their day,” Jacoban says. “Being a part of their appreciation and joy was a great reward for me.”