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Buckelew: In Brief - November 2023


A Weekly Water Outing
for Supported Housing Residents

Every Wednesday since August, John Coleman, a Marin Residential Support Services (RSS) team leader, has taken a small group of residents to stand-up paddle board (SUP) on the San Rafael Canal. They start at the docks of 101 Surf Sports and paddle the canal length to the open bay – a three-mile round-trip paddle. The weather ranges from hot to cloudy and extremely windy and choppy – but regardless, the scenery is beautiful and relaxing. Anywhere from three to seven residents from multiple Marin RSS houses participate.

“Stand-up paddle boarding is great for the residents to learn socialization, improve self-esteem, increase positive feelings and diminish negative ones,” says Coleman. “Participants then transfer the feelings from their experience to other aspects of their lives.” 

“The sport requires focus and energy, and being in the moment means thinking about what you’re doing exclusively, not being preoccupied with other issues that might be concerning your mental health,” says John. “SUP gets all the muscles in the body moving at one time. And, unlike other sports that isolate certain areas of the body, stand-up paddle boarding requires everything from your head to your toes to get moving at once.”

Some residents hang off the board and stay in the water, relaxing, while others paddle the entire length for the exercise, but they all enjoy the activity. "Going into the water is amazing,” says Garrett Maclise, an RSS resident. “I hadn’t paddle boarded before, but it's good exercise, and I like to swim."

Way to go!

P.S. A huge thanks to our friends at 101 Surf Sports for their support!

Vote for Buckelew!

The Marin County Office of Equity has selected Buckelew Programs’ Maternidad y Esperanza – from more than 100 grant applications — as one of 24 programs on its Participatory Budgeting ballot. The Participatory Budget is a democratic process that allows community members to decide how to spend part of the public budget. Now, we need your vote to secure a requested $55,000 grant!

Maternidad y Esperanza provides support and resources for new and expectant mothers experiencing behavioral health challenges, such as postpartum depression, and their young children. Fully bilingual and bicultural staff offer group sessions, home visits, and referrals, all integrated with primary healthcare services at Marin Community Clinics. Grupo Esperanza is a weekly Spanish-speaking postpartum support group that helps alleviate the isolation and stress experienced by new mothers. Discussions include child development, health and nutrition, and effective caregiving. Maternidad y Esperanza alums provide childcare so mothers can bring their children and not miss a meeting.

Who can vote: Any person over 14-years-old who lives, works, goes to school, or owns a business in Marin. Immigration status is not required. One vote per person. Voting ends December 29, 2023.

Every vote counts! Please share with your friends. 

How to vote:
Online ballot here requires first accessing a unique code:  https://apps.marincounty.org/MCPBP/0


Buckelew Programs Out and About!

Take a peek at a couple of the many activities that kept Buckelew staff, program alumni and supporters busy this fall.


A good time was had by all at the annual National Recovery Month celebration BBQ, hosted by Buckelew Programs and sponsored by Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.


What fun to see so many creative and scary costumes at Trunk or Treat, the annual community event hosted by the Santa Rosa Police Department. It was great to see everyone who stopped by our inRESPONSE van to meet the team that serves Sonoma County in partnership with the police. And a huge thanks to Poppy Bank for their generous candy donation!


Thank you for your interest in our work. We welcome all suggestions to help us improve our communications to you. Please contact Pat Gallagher, Chief Philanthropy Officer at PatG@Buckelew.org or 415.491.5748.


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Buckelew Programs
201 Alameda del Prado Suite 103 | Novato, California 94949
415.457.6964 | info@Buckelew.org

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