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Becoming Independent, a nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities live meaningful independent  lives, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an open house on Dec. 5 at its new location in at 777 Grand Ave., San Rafael. The new 1,945 square foot location features areas for art, activities, and programming. Pictured above is the official ribbon cutting ceremony led by the organization’s CEO Luana Vaetoe.

Becoming Independent has been providing support services for people with developmental disabilities in the North Bay since 1967 with its headquarters in Santa Rosa. The organization’s mission is supported through programs designed to educate and assist individuals as they seek their own paths to personal fulfillment and independence. Pictured (above, left to right) are CPi Developers President and CEO (and Giving Marin Partner) Stephanie Plante, Becoming Independent Director of Community Services James Cox, Becoming Independent CEO Vaetoe, Whistlestop COO Nancy Geisse and Mission San Rafael Chamber Director of Business Development Leonard Weingarten.  -Photos courtesy of Becoming Independent

On Nov. 23, Mission San Rafael Rotary hosted “Passport: An Evening of Fun & Adventure” at the Osher JCC in San Rafael. Live music was provided by the Jimi Z Band and Lovin’ Harmony Trio. Liam Mayclem was the auctioneer and emcee. The event raised more than $150,000 for three local charities, Meals of Marin, Slide Ranch and Marin Shakespeare Company, and three global charities, Days for Girls, H2Open Doors and Reach a Hand Children’s Orphanage.  Pictured (above top, left to right) are Mission San Rafael Rotary Treasurer and founding member David Hellman, Fun and Friendship Chair Stephanie Olson, President Melissa Prandi,  President-elect Louis Napoli and Membership Chair Kerri Schultze and (above bottom) Michael Pritchard and Prandi.     -Photos by Trevor Henley, Desire to Inspire Photography



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