Meet our Founder

Founder Susan Stames Hall
We are very grateful for all of YOU!

Susan Hall
Founder & Executive Director
The Angel's Depot
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Photograph compliments of the North County Times, May 4, 2008

Founder's Letter

It’s just amazing that with your help, The Angel’s Depot celebrated 95 Months of Operation in February and over 30,000 volunteer hours since start-up in 2006!


We bid 2013 good-bye with mixed emotions . . . it was the most difficult year since start-up for The Angel’s Depot.  With the help of caring people and organizations, yearend came, and all that changed, starting with the Gala in November: WWII Europe “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” netting $50,000!

Walmart State Giving Grantors selected The Angel’s Depot for the largest grant given in one area . . . $100,000!  Walmart has 25 stores in our countywide 20-Site “Senior Emergency Meal Box” Distribution Area. They hire Senior Greeters to give low-income seniors a job when other employers do not hire anyone to greet their customers.  Walmart is truly the senior’s friend!

Genentech, a long-time supporter, gifted The Angel’s Depot with $50,000 to help grow our program and fulfill our Waiting Lists of 135 needy seniors.

Archstone Foundation, a new supporter, gifted The Angel’s Depot with $50,000 to help continue to feed seniors living in poverty.

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation gifted The Angel’s Depot $30,000 to fund Senior Emergency Meal Boxes for the S.O.S. Campaign (Saving Our Seniors).

Cruise Industry Foundation gifted The Angel’s Depot $10,000 to continue good work.


Late in 2013, we received notification that, sadly, two of our very special Angels passed on . . . generously, they remembered The Angel’s Depot in their estate plans . . . Angel Marlene Lou Pierce gave a gift of $30,000 and Angel Jacquelynn Haehn gave a gift of $80,000.  We are so very grateful for these gifts of love at a time when they were so desperately needed.  God Bless our special Angels.

February 2014 Soup & Beans Contest is nearly at a close . . . we’ll see how we did with our 2014 Goal of collecting 20,000 cans of soup and beans . . . lots of heavy hitters signed on this year . . . counting all those cans will be a BIG job for our volunteers!  



March kicks-off our 7th Annual S.O.S. Campaign with St. Patrick’s Day Party on Monday, March 17, 6 p.m. in the Depot warehouse.  This year again features the Corned Beef and Cabbage Buffet with Salad with a giant Irish Carrot Cake and a wee sip of Leprechaun’s Green Beer.  New to the evening is Magic Matt and adorable dancers from the Clan Rince School of Irish Dance.  As always, we’ll play Irish Trivia and draw for fabulous GREEN PRIZES!     





We are thrilled to announce that Helen Woodward Animal Center is now collaborating with The Angel’s Depot to provide free “AniMeals” for our senior’s pets.  We all know how important pets are to the wellbeing of our lonely and isolated seniors.  Sometimes their pet is their last friend.  We also know they likely feed their beloved pets from their Emergency Meal Boxes if they have no other food for them.  This gift of pet food is truly a blessing and our seniors are so very grateful.  Please see the new “AniMeals” page link on our Home Page.

Stay tuned . . . more exciting news to come . . . as always . . . YOU are the wind beneath our WINGS . . . we couldn’t make this program happen without all of YOU! 

Awards Susan Stames Hall Founder & Executive Director - The Angel's Depot

2006 – Susan Hall received Channel 10 News Leadership Award on May 31, 2006 at The Angel’s Depot Grand Opening; event was filmed by Channel News film crew and feature story ran on television and on Channel 10 website.

2007 – Susan Hall received San Diego Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business Award"

2009 – Susan Hall received San Diego Business Journal “Healthcare Champion” Award

2011 – Susan Hall named one of five national finalists in the AARP Hunger Hero Contest (American Association of Retired Persons). 

2012 – Susan Hall named “2012 Woman of the Year” by California State Assemblyman Martin Garrick, 74th Assembly District in California; she received the award on March 26, 2012 on the Floor of the Assembly.

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