3rd Annual Empty Bowls – Sept. 24!

Empty-Bowl-Web-NoticeGet your tickets now for the Coalition’s 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Community Luncheon, happening Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Join us anytime from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Parish Hall in Arroyo Grande. We’ll have to-go bowls too for those who need to come and go! Ticket sales are brisk, so please purchase in advance if you can. A limited number will be available on site.

Purchase your tickets below (small handling fee charged), You may also order tickets by phone or email, and we’ll have them at “will call” for you. Call (805) 710-4330, or or email Liz Howland.

We’d especially like to thank the following for their generous sponsorship of the event: Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church, PG&E, Union Bank, County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors, Martin Resorts,, Altrusa Intl. of Cinco Ciudades, Bernie and Lennette Horton,Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co, Anita Shower, Bill Senna’s Insurance Services, Five Cities CPA’s, Inc., Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic, South County Youth Coalition, Sure Mortgage Solutions, The Temple of the People, Jeff Johnson CFP, CHFC, CLU. In-kind sponsors include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church,  SLOCO Data, Phase 1 Mobile DJ,  and Anam-Cre’ Studio. We would also like to recognize the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for their belief in our cause and long-standing support to make our vision a reality.

We’re still finalizing our restaurant list of soups for this year.  Past donors include:

Alphy’s Adobe Grill, CJ’s Café, Coco’s Restaurant, DePalo & Sons, F. McLintocks, Fins, Honeymoon Café, Huckleberry’s, Jaffa Café, Lido Restaurant, Oceano Elks, Old Juan’s Cantina, Penny’s All American Café, The Girl’s Restaurant, Rooster Creek Tavern, Splash Café, Spyglass Inn, Chef Michael Stuart. House of Bread once again is donating all bread for the event. Additionally over 30 local artists, and more than 50 students, are donating ceramic bowls to the event.

Here’s some pic’s from last year, thanks to Vivian Krug!

Redneck Golf Tournament – Oct. 11, 2014



Join us in some “redneck” fun on Saturday, Oct. 11th at Pismo State Golf Course – Next to Fin’s.  Play a round of golf like none other, and enjoy some great music, food and raffle prizes.  The event is a benefit for 5Cities Homeless Coalition.  You can register your team or simply yourself to play, by downloading a form here. 

What makes it “redneck?”   We’ll all we can say is that the 5th player on your team will use anything but a golf club to make their shot.  You gotta see the course for all the surprises in store – it will be wacky and, didn’t we say, redneck!  What you don’t play golf?  All the better for this event – there’ll be great music, prizes, raffle and a silent auction for some really great stuff.  Whether you play to win, or just want to have some off-beat fun – you will have a great time.

We can’t thank the folks at Pismo Beach Golf Course and the stations of El Dorado Broadcasters enough.  This radio crew is truly the best!  Hope to see you at the event – it’s gonna be a “oh way fun!

Pismo Beach Golf Course

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Harvesting Hope Festival, Oct. 26, 2014

Get Your Tickets Now For Oct. 26 Event

   Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Harvesting Hope Festival, happening Sunday, October 26 in Nipomo at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, 1645 Trilogy Parkway. You may purchase your tickets clicking the ticket button at left.  A small admin fee applies for online ticket sales.  If you prefer you may purchase tickets at the door, […]

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Fin’s Holds Dinner For 5CHC


A caring heart It is a remarkable thing when a business owner chooses to hold a fundraiser by donating 100% of the proceeds, and incurring all of the event costs.  Thanks to Bruce VanVort and Fin’s Seafood Restaurant, we held a great event on Tuesday evening, April 29th. All proceeds from the event were donated […]

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Program Update

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The 5Cities Homeless Coalition continues to develop and coordinate programs in the South County, with the assistance of many community partners. The clients served by the Coalition in the first quarter of 2014 ranged in age from pre-birth to 70+, and faced a plethora of challenges. For many it was the consistent on-going contact they received through the […]

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Warming Center


The warming center is not currently open.  Please check back for additional details should the weather worsen, with rain predicted (at least 50%) for two consecutive nights.  You may also call the warming center hotline at 710-4330. Recent Storm: During the recent storm over the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, we were able to shelter 19 […]

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Harvesting Hope Festival, Oct. 27, 2013

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You may purchase your tickets at the door or by clicking the ticket button at left  for the 2nd Annual Harvesting Hope Festival  happening this Sunday, October 27 in Nipomo at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, 1645 Trilogy Parkway. The Harvesting Hope Festival is a celebration of locally handcrafted art, food and wines. Produced by the […]

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Empty Bowl Community Luncheon 2013

San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation

$38,000 Raised! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make our 2nd Empty Bowls event a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.  Save the date, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014! More than 750 bowls, created by 30 artists and many students, over 20 restaurants and more than 90 volunteers joined us in helping make this […]

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Village Concert A Great Success

We’d like to thank everyone who supported us on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Village Summer Concert in Arroyo Grande.  A special thanks goes to Osty Insurance and Farmer’s Insurance for sponsoring the concert, to the many businesses that provided raffle prizes,  and to Rabobank for their on-going support of the concert series. We sincerely […]

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Thank You For Your Support

A.G. Hospital Employees and 5CHC Board Members

Arroyo Grande Hospital We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to the employees of Arroyo Grande hospital for their recent school backpack drive! In our January newsletter we put out the word that more than 40 backpacks were needed for homeless students in the Lucia Mar School District.  Hospital employees stepped up to fill the […]

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