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A little help lets single mom find a good job

Alcohol and drugs got her in trouble as a youth, ruined her marriage and might very well have destroyed her relationship with her three children had she not taken up yoga and enrolled in a 12-step program. Sober now for 3½ years, the 32-year-old San Anselmo mother is a certified yoga instructor who uses the ancient art to help others recover from addiction. The Chronicle€™s Season of Sharing Fund stepped in this October and paid the rent on Townsend€™s apartment. The assistance gave her time to find a second job as a transactions coordinator at a real estate company. The couple got into a lot of trouble, including one incident in which she snatched car keys out of her grandmother€™s hand and drove off, leading to her arrest on charges of assault, battery and larceny. Townsend moved to California to be with her father, who persuaded prosecutors to drop the charges in exchange for his assuming custody of his daughter. The father, a high school boyfriend, refused to take responsibility and left her to fend for herself. To Townsend€™s humiliation, daughter Emma occasionally brings up the night Mommy fell down in the bushes, but for the most part, she managed to shield her children from witnessing the worst of her addiction. Townsend said yoga €” which she now teaches to recovering addicts €” and the 12-step program helped her quit booze five years ago. [...] she is desperate to help her son, who is extremely smart but suffers from severe anxiety and depression and lacks the intuitive skills needed for healthy social interaction. For the past 30 years, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has helped more than 100,000 Bay Area individuals and families facing an unexpected life crisis. Fund, in 1986. [...] the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has distributed $113 million to help those living in the Bay Area. Each year, the fund provides temporary assistance to approximately 4,500 families, allocating most of its grants for housing needs, as well as paying for other critical necessities such as essential furniture for families recovering from a fire in their home or helping to purchase a wheelchair.
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Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund daily donor list, Dec. 8

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund daily donor list, Dec. 8 Agnieszka & Daniel, in memory of Dean Hatfield; Albers HOA Services, $500; Marilyn Allen, $100, in memory of Robert Allen and Michelle Allen; Mark Allendorf, $800; Anita Alvarez, $100; Patricia Baldwin; Barragan Family, $50, in memory of Jose & Lupe Esparza; Bhatia Associates, Inc., $500; J A Bickers, $100, in memory of my parents; Bill & Joe, $250; Paul & Suzanne Binder; Tom & Carole Bridgman, $200, in memory of Carol Heiber; Gene & Mina Burk, $500; Chuck & Yvonne Cannon, $50, in memory of Sydney Cannon Frank; Cayson Designs, in memory of Eddie Cayson; Jo Chinburg & Peg Schmitz, $200, in honor of Leona & Clair Schmitz; Peter Cook, in honor of Ron Wong; Donald & Sharon Dalke, $100; Harriet & John DiPaolo, $100; John R. Doherty, $250, in memory of Karen C. Doherty; Roy & Betsy Eisenhardt, in honor of Patty Dinner; Paul Fagin, $1,000, in honor of the Lewis, Gravano, and Muscant Families; Joseph A. Faimali, $150; Hillary & Stan Farkas; Olallo Fernandez, $200, in memory of Joy Cande; Leslie Foge, $100, in memory of Charles Foge; Diana Goldstein, in honor of Adam Goldstein; Lisa Greif, $500; Lynda Gribben; Ben Gross, $300, in memory of Jeanne Cain; Roger D. Guse, in memory of Joyce G. Guse; Tim Halloran; Michael E. Hardeman, $100, in honor of the S.F.F.D. 150th Anniversary; Helen Harper; Darryl & Martha Hart; Ira Hirschfield & Tom Hansen, in honor of Mel & Jan Young; Mary Hudson, $500; Bennett Janken & Paul Hein, $200; Daniel Kleiber, $100; Marsha Kliewer, $100, in memory of Raymon Kliewer; Blanche Korfmacher, $400; Miran Kwun; William W. Lary; James Laskin, $100, in honor of Collie Thespian Representation; Judith Leash, $250; Judith Litvich, $50; Lydilee, $50, in honor of my family and in memory of my father; Charlene Margot & Paul McCreight, $100; Judith & Michael McCullough, in memory of our parents; Chris F. McKee; Ellen Moyer, $100, in memory of Patty Silk; Bruce Mussell & Monnie Boldt, $1,000; Nasus, $50; Kristin D. Nisewaner, $500, in memory of Ken Whiting Nisewaner; Somao Ochi; Orofino Family, $100, in honor of Dolores Silva; David & Dianna Overmyer; Victoria Peet & Steven Zimmerman, $250; Melanie Peña & Mark Perry, $1,000, in memory of Helen, Eugene, and Richard Peña; Jean Perata, $50; Jeanne Rasmussen; Christal & Joe Rickson, $150; Louis Rose, $50, in memory of Heather A. Rose; Boba Santos-Timtiman, $200; Liz Schwarte, in memory of Louie Schwarte; Roger Severin & Carolyn Doggett, $500; George Shimizu & Mary Takai, $100; Herman & Marianne Shine, $250; Mark Small; Donald Sokolski & Elka Shockett, $200; Helen & Nicholas Spiridakis; Valerie Stilson, in memory of Curtis Pfeiffer; Robert Tat; Thom & Jane, $200; Patricia F. Thomas, $600, in memory of Hazel V. Boyd, Sylvia M. Boyd, and Virginia Neumann; Ted Von Hemert; Mr. & Mrs. Roy Wakida; Nelson Wakimoto, in memory of Ken Moon; Judith Windt & Manuel Nathenson, $300; Karen Wong, $35; David & Marilyn Zimmerman, $100. Anonymous donations in memory of:
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