about

Founded in 2017 by Chinu, Sharon and Meela with the goal of providing a nurturing environment for Stockton’s homeless and in-need population through offering classes and workshops at St. Mary’s Dining Hall.

Our wonderful activities program relies on the dedication of our amazing volunteers.

We are always looking to add to our team. Options for volunteering include:

  • Teaching a class at St. Mary's Dining Room

  • Participating in classes at St. Mary's Dining Room alongside our attendees

  • Helping coordinate on the job training programs for participants

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Meet The Team

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Chinu Mehdi

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Chinu has been a yoga teacher in Stockton, CA for over five years. After taking a photography class where she captured the plight of the homeless in her pictures, Chinu was inspired to help them. With Sharon, Chinu started an annual holiday drive delivering socks, gloves, beanies, and other necessities to the homeless at St. Mary's Dining Room before co-founding The Uplift All Foundation.

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Sharon Benninger

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Sharon was a recipient of the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Awards in Stockton, CA. She was one of the founders of the Hospice Butterflies, an auxiliary for Hospice of San Joaquin. With Chinu, Sharon started an annual holiday drive delivering socks, gloves, beanies, and other necessities at St. Mary's Dining Room for the homeless before co-founding The Uplift All Foundation.

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Meela Mehdi

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Meela is a graduate of Pomona College, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Dance. After volunteering at the Transitional Learning Center, a school for children who are homeless or in transition, Meela wanted to do more for the homeless community. Meela teamed up with Sharon and Chinu to help develop the Uplift All Foundation.