Sunny Acres, Inc.
10660 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Dear Community Member:
After working at Cal Poly for 17 years, last year I came to live and work at Sunny Acres, the only nonprofit clean and sober living program of its kind on the Central Coast (or perhaps the country). We provide a home for the least fortunate of our community — most are Central Coast citizens who come to us from off the street or out of the creek. Some suffer from mental illness as well as alcohol or drug addictions. The one thing they have in common? All are homeless.
Our clients are someone’s mother or father, sister or brother…some of our clients have children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles…some are legal secretaries, concert pianists, architects, high school or college graduates, construction supervisors and previous homeowners…one of our clients owned a jewelry store here in SLO for over twenty years. We also have several veterans living with us here – some just home from Afghanistan. Many are Christians…they hold Bible studies in the dining hall in the evenings and go to church on Sundays. Somewhere, somehow, they got hurt and fell through the cracks…now they need our help.
Our clients come to us with very little – we give them shelter, feed them and provide them with clothing. For many, Sunny Acres is their only family…we are a community. And if and when they’re ready, we teach them a skill. They range in age from 18 to 76 years old. We have housed as many as 72 clients at a time – currently we have 35.
Sunny Acres has been run for the past eight years with no governmental funding. We are self-sustaining. Our success rate is high…we have helped hundreds of people over the years become and stay clean and sober – we work hard to help our clients slowly get their dignity back, along with their hope…some we are able to assist in returning to mainstream society. Some never will.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and I’m reaching out to the community. Some of our clients are still living in tents (including some of our women)…we usually have plenty of food, but we would be most grateful for gift cards to Big Five, K-Mart, WalMart, Target or any other type store…no amount is too small. Clients who work outdoors in our new community garden need boots, jeans, gloves, and warm jackets to make it through the rainy season. (We do get used clothing donated, but many times, they are not big enough.) It’s cold, wet and windy here in the Los Osos Valley in the wintertime.
Our cooks would love to have new commercial-type aprons and kitchen towels (or even paper towels) for the Dairy Barn, where they serve up three hot, nutritious meals a day, seven days a week to our clients and volunteers.
During this season of giving, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Sunny Acres to help us help our clients…and thank you for your consideration…if I can answer any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
And please consider stopping by for a visit – come check out our fire wood for sale, wine barrels, pumpkins, and pretty soon, our Christmas trees and wreaths! Well be glad to show you around…one of us is always around!
Sunny Acres, Inc.