Articles Written About Jeanie

A Home Away from Homelessness
by Bill O'Brian

California Coast & Ocean, Summer 1999

The white van snakes along the winding roads of the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The moment it stops at the white cottage above Rodeo Lagoon the doors fly open and half a dozen exuberant children explode into the sunshine. "Bikes! We want to ride bikes!" some shout, while a pint-sized Barry Bonds finds a baseball glove on the lawn and begins searching for a bat and ball. They run hither and yon for a few minutes, until an adult asks, "How about some snacks?" then they dash up the steps and inside for chocolate cookies and lemonade... [MORE]

Home Away from Homelessness

Yoga Journal, May/June 1998

Nobody could accuse Jeanie Kortum-Stermer of leading a dull life. When she started working with the homeless 10 years ago, she had already written one book chronicling her year living with Eskimos and was working on her second about a stay with a African hunter-gatherer tribe... [MORE]

Rebuilding a Home for the Homeless
by Stephanie Salter, Examiner Columnist

Sunday, January 4, 1998

On Valentine's Day, a wedding is scheduled at the Fort Mason office and "clubhouse" of Home Away From Homelessness. The prospective bride and groom are Abraham and Tina, Native Americans who live in Hamilton Family Shelter in San Francisco. Last Sunday afternoon, however, a monumental obstacle to the celebration materialized: An accidental fire roared through the office and clubhouse - a white stucco, former noncommissioned officer's house - and pretty much totaled the place. When Abraham heard the news, he rushed down to help with the clean-up. Then it dawned on him. He asked Home Away's director, Jeanie KortumStermer, "Where are we going to get married?" [MORE]

Jeanie Kortum-Stermer
by Jennifer Ogar and Christopher Scheer, Special to the Examiner

Sunday, February 9, 1997

California was still a part of Mexico. Gold had not yet been discovered in the Golden State. It was 1846 when Sarah Graves, her husband and 85 fellow Midwesterners struck out West hoping to find not an instant fortune but simply a fresh start. Despite the bickering and bad advice that plagued their journey, by Nov. 2 the group had trekked to within just a few miles of the summit of their last great hurdle - the Sierra Nevada range. They decided to camp for the night... [MORE]