Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 07:27:47 :
Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, September 21, 1994
Section B, page 2
A battle with cancer has ended for homeless advocate Pat Dale of San Rafael, whom one friend called “the most selfless person I have known.”
She died in a Greenbrae convalescent home Saturday. She was 83.
Dale was a founder of Marin Concerned Citizens, a private group that worked for years toward a permanent center for the homeless. Before illness incapacitated her, she had focused on opening what she called Opportunity House, where homeless could get shelter, health diagnoses, day care for their children, job training and counseling, and help to get housing.
She helped to found an organization called Adopt A Family, also directed to end homelessness.
Dale was born the fifth of seven children, in Frances, Okla., in what was Indian Territory in 1910. She moved many times with her father, a farmer and preacher, before the family settled in Redwood City when she was 17.
A marriage to Ted Weiner in her late 20s ended after the birth of three children. Dale moved to San Rafael in 1971.
Sometime thereafter she joined the national Society for the Advancement of Good English and embarked on a personal crusade to clean up grammatical errors in newspapers, magazines, television, and Dennis The Menace. Dale wrote Hank Ketcham, creator of the hit comic strip, and convinced him to clean up Dennis’s cartoon language.
During the winter of 1988, moved by the growing number of homeless on the streets, and frustrated by Marin’s seeming inability to help them, she made a plea in the IJ for blankets. Two hundred blankets and sleeping bags were left at her front door, which she distributed to agencies like the Human Concern Center, the Canal Ministry and Marin Abused Women’s Center.
A number of individuals expressed a wish to help, and with them, 60 strong, she formed the Marin Concerned Citizens. They advocated for a permanent shelter in Marin.
Recently, Dale was gratified to learn of the Day Service Center that opened last month at Ritter House (The Human Concern Center) in San Rafael, where homeless people can take showers, do laundry, receive mail and receive other assistance.
She asked that memorial contributions be made to the Day Service Center, 16 Ritter St., San Rafael 94901, or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera 94925. Dale was a grateful client of Hospice in the last weeks of her life.
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