Share the Spirit 2017 stories of help and hope.

Take a look back at some of the highlights from 2017 here.

Single Oakland mom finds brighter future after years in foster care

As someone who spent her childhood moving among foster homes, Dajonna Benjamin has faced challenges from the very start in life. But now with a little help, the 22-year-old single mom is overcoming perhaps the biggest of all for a ...
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Richmond-based program helps homeless regain self-worth

In the 1980s, Theodore Oliver Sr. served time for possession of drugs, assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft. He was shot six times. In the 1990s, he was convicted of domestic violence. He had trouble holding jobs. Homeless ...
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Startled by her baby’s Down syndrome diagnosis, a mom finds support

Moments after the birth of her son, Sam, in 2012, Cathleen Small was alarmed when a nurse swept him from her sight without a word. A woman in a lab coat eventually returned and flatly told Small that Sam likely ...
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Share the Spirit 2016 stories of help and hope.

Take a look back at some of the highlights from 2016 here.

Loaves and Fishes trains slate of young chefs

Shelby Bolton, a 17-year-old student at Vicente Martinez High School in Martinez, wants to be a chef. She plans to go to culinary school in the fall, but a few months ago, she said, she “didn’t even know how to ...
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Oakland’s F.A.C.E.S. program is music to young ears

Music teacher Bobby Eddings knows it’s not hard to get a kid to pick up sticks and start pounding out a rhythm on the drums. In fact, he could barely get little Sadiq Hasan, 7, to stop tapping the snare ...
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Meals on Wheels provides nutrition to disabled WWII vet

Patch Curtis said he felt guilty for years about his son Joseph scheduling his work and his life around making meals for dad. Joseph Curtis had heard about Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services in a previous life as ...
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Bay Area nonprofit supports people with Down Syndrome and their families

Marta Avina was 5 months pregnant when she found out her unborn son had Down Syndrome. After delivering the traumatic news, a doctor at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Concord told the couple he could help them terminate the pregnancy ...
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Share the Spirit 2015 stories of help and hope.

Take a look back at some of the highlights from 2015 here.

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