Each year, the San Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.com shares the stories of Bay Area families in need.
These are their stories.

12/25/16: Gift helps Pacifica woman keep home of nearly 50 years

Clarice Patterson answers her door in a bright red embroidered dress and red leggings. The interior of her small living room has been decorated top to bottom for the holidays, as festively as possible. Along the banister and above the window hang stockings for each … More

12/14/16: Food banks feed Bay Area hungry all year

Unemployment is down and the economy is strong, but that doesn’t mean hunger has ebbed across the Bay Area. Local food banks have not seen any drop in demand for free groceries over the past few years, an indication that the incomes of the working … More

12/08/16: A little help lets single mom find a good job

For much of her life, Jill Townsend’s biggest focus was on herself, but her recovery from addiction has changed her attitude about who and what is most important in this world. Alcohol and drugs got her in trouble as a youth, ruined her marriage and … More