ABOUT GABILAN CHAPTER KINSHIP CENTER
Kinship Center is a member of Seneca Family of Agencies and is dedicated to the creation, preservation and support of foster, adoptive and relative families for children who need them. Kinship Center has continued to work nonstop to ensure that more children find their “forever families.”
Gabilan Chapter is a volunteer auxiliary group whose mission is to raise funds and support Kinship Center’s services in San Benito County. The Chapter has a long and distinguished history of service to adoption and child welfare. From 1956 to 1989, the chapter (then known as El Torillo Chapter) provided services and support to Children’s Home Society. In 1990, the members voted to change their affiliation to Kinship Center to see more of their fundraising efforts supporting local families. Gabilan Chapter has had several generations of volunteers and is proud that some of their Associates and Active Privileged members were part of the original chapter.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Gabilan Chapter, Kinship Center was able to open an office in downtown Hollister for families to get the training and support to become a foster or adoptive family. Formerly, San Benito County families had to go out of town for these services, making recruitment in this county difficult for Kinship Center. Through their recruitment efforts, the number of Kinship foster families in San Benito County has grown, which helps significantly to keep our foster children in San Benito County where they keep their school ties and friends.
Through the years, the chapter has raised significant amounts of funding by hosting luncheons, fashion shows and house tours. Its signature fundraiser is the annual Wine and Food Tasting held each September the Saturday after Labor Day at the historic Paicines Ranch in South San Benito County. It is considered California’s oldest wine tasting event and features over 25 regional wineries and over 25 local restaurants. Since the first event held in 1957, this fundraiser has grown from one winery and homemade hors d’oeuvres to San Benito County’s largest cultural event of its kind.
THE GABILAN ENRICHMENT FUND
Providing supplemental funding to our foster and adoptive families.
To compliment the Gabilan Scholarship Program, the Gabilan Enrichment Fund was created to help foster and adopted youth with a variety of educational and other needs that cannot be met by the foster or adoptive family. The funds can also provide for the small extras that children/youth may need: sports uniforms and letterman jackets, class trips, band instruments, or prom tickets. Medical and dental expenses are not included in the Gabilan Enrichment Fund grants; however, replacement glasses are not considered medical. The funding is provided through donations from a caring community and provide assistance that may not otherwise be available.
For information on the chapter or its events, or to find out how to become a member, visit their website at gabilankinship.org.
The Gabilan Chapter has a long and distinguished history of service to adoption and child welfare. From 1956 to 1989, the chapter (then known as El Torillo Chapter) provided services and support to Children’s Home Society. Since 1990, Gabilan members have supported Kinship Center’s Adoption and Foster care programs in San Benito County. Kinship Center uses every dollar donated to make a lifelong difference in a child’s life.