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A Boy’s Bright Future, Thanksgiving Dinner, and More!

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A mother's collaboration with Cameo House supports her son’s bright future

CJCJ’s Cameo House staff are excited to support a dedicated mother in helping her son thrive.

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MParzuchowski | unsplash.com

This month, a mother in CJCJ’s Cameo House program finds success in her collaboration with Cameo House staff to help her son overcome challenges in order to thrive.

CJCJ’s Cameo House program is an innovative alternative sentencing program that works to provide community-based services for homeless women and their children in a residential setting.

In partnership with support staff, a dedicated mother made the decision to reflect on her son's emotional and behavioral difficulties and took constructive steps to overcome them. She courageously faced the challenge of admitting her own faults in the past and, after countless hours of appointments and outreach to different resources, learned that her son had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This new information provided a meaningful step forward to begin addressing her son’s needs.

According to Cameo House case manager, Maura Quinn, he is now a “well-mannered, considerate, nice kid and it gives us hope that he will be alright.” Maura and the entire Cameo House staff support mother and child relationships like this one, through events and activities including community festivals, birthday parties and much more. In the coming months, the program plans to continue these efforts through opportunities that focus on positive interactions between mothers and their children to strengthen families. 

Find out more about CJCJ's Cameo House program >>


Help strengthen families and support communities this holiday season

This holiday season, #GivingTuesday donations will support CJCJ's positive change through community-based programs.

CJCJ's staff family comes together to enjoy a team outing!

CJCJ's staff family comes together to enjoy a team outing!

 CJCJ is dedicated to supporting justice-involved young people and adults through community-based services and policy advocacy with the goal of reducing society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. Through these programs, we are able to provide communities with the support needed to heal, rebuild, and thrive.

This #GivingTuesday, we asked that you support our continued impact by making a contribution to CJCJ’s work. Now, at the start of the holiday season, your gift would provide youth and families the support they need for a fruitful new year. CJCJ is dedicated to supporting justice-involved young people and adults through community-based services and policy advocacy with the goal of reducing society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. Through these programs, we are able to provide communities with the support needed to heal, rebuild, and thrive. 

Your donation will fund community-based innovations such as the Children's Waiting Rooms, which serve families in San Francisco by providing an enriching and safe environment for children whose parents have business before the courts. In addition, your gift will empower CJCJ to research and advocate for community solutions that will make us all healthier, safer, and stronger. 
We invite you to be a part of bringing transformative change to our communities and criminal justice system. 

Make a tax-deductible donation to CJCJ’s community programs today >>


CJCJ’s Cameo House builds community with Thanksgiving dinner tradition

The Cameo House family comes together for a homemade meal as part of an annual Thanksgiving celebration. 

A mother and her children enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at Cameo House.

A mother and her children enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at Cameo House.

Last week, Cameo House hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for mothers and children in the program. This holiday tradition, along with the Christmas dinner hosted by Cameo House, began five years ago with the support of Bridget Stewart, Cameo House Senior Residential Support Supervisor, as a way to build community and lift spirits. 

Alongside Cameo House staff and participants, Bridget spends hours decorating the kitchen with flowers and festive decorations, as well as cooking a homemade meal. Cameo House staff maintain this tradition to help ease the challenges that many participating families face during the holidays. It is a way to appreciate and care for the women and children at the start of the holiday season.

“We all got together as a family and the residents helped. You could just see light in them. It’s just a happy time for them, a happy place,” Bridget said.

These Cameo House holiday gatherings are part of the program’s larger focus to provide a support of network and foster a strong sense of community throughout the year. In addition to this tradition, Cameo House works to put on an event for each major holiday throughout the year to provide continued support and a sense of community. 

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