Shawn Martin of Refined Services Inc., at center, helped to deliver new shoes, books and stuffed animals to all 24 students in the pre-kindergarten class at San Rafael’s Laurel Dell School. Courtesy image.
For Bloom, the 18-year-old, San Rafael-based nonprofit formerly known as Image for Success, every day is a day of giving. The organization 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.
So it’s no surprise that during the holiday season, Bloom’s giving continued. Spearheaded by Mill Valley resident and executive director Sherene Chen, Bloom partnered with sponsors Red Tower Capital, Shawn Martin of Refined Services Inc. and Christine Lindner to deliver new shoes, books and stuffed animals to all 24 students in the pre-kindergarten class at San Rafael’s Laurel Dell School. The items were donated by Kohl’s Cares.
Bloom typically adopts two classrooms per year but was able to help this third class in 2017 due to the funds raised through its first holiday fundraiser. Martin of Refined Services Inc. accompanied Bloom on the delivery to Laurel Dell, getting a chance to experience the warmth and gratitude directly from the students by passing out the shoes and reading them a story.