HOMEWARD BOUND OF MARIN

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Homeless & Housing

Location: 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway Novato CA 94949 USA

Mission: Founded in 1974, Homeward Bound of Marin seeks to end homelessness in our community with training, housing and hope. Our programs range from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing and include services like counseling and job training that help residents build a sustainable, independent future.
Results: Our residents have built an admirable record of success: in 2008-09, 95% of families served and 84% of adults completing our programs moved to stable housing.
Target demographics: Homeless adults and families in Marin County, Calif.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Homeward Bound is Marin County's chief provider of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals, serving approximately 1,400 people per year in 14 inter-related residential programs.
Geographic areas served: Marin County
Programs: Homeward Bound operates 14 inter-related programs with a total of 350 beds for families, single adults and people facing persistent mental illness. In cooperation with the Marin County Office of Education Regional Occupation Program, we operate Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and a Social Services Aide Training Program in addition to other apprenticeships. Employment training continues with our social enterprise projects, Fresh Starts Catering, production of Halo Truffles, and the Jackson Cafe a partnership with Whistlestop Wheels .

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Rating: 5 stars  

For more than a few years, I have worked with groups and agencies who serve the homeless in their communities. I feel priviledged to serve as a volunteer (member of their board as well as working in some of their programs) of Homeward Bound because I experience the core values which influence the entire organization. Respect for the human dignity of those served and empowerment for them to find avenues out of the dependency of being homeless. through job training, staff support and hope! Homeward Bound does more than simply house individuals and families in rough times. They creatively work to become part of the solution to end homelessness.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with Homeward Bound for almost 10 years. Presently, I am privileged to serve on the Board. Both the leadership and the staff are dedicated to serving the needs of those who come into our programs. I am particularly impressed by the creativity, in these economically hard times, used to empower our clients to go home for good through job training and supportive services. Working as a volunteer has enhanced my capacity to be a compassionate caring human being.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting those who have gone through our programs and are now stable in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered since 2008 on weekdays and help with lunches for staff, students, volunteers and on and off campus residents. This organization provides meals, support, safe housing, counseling and job training to homeless people who want to re-enter society as productive individuals. It is very rewarding to be a part of this organization! I especially like to be shopping and to see former residents working in the stores and restaurants and know that they are achieving their goals

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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5 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed helping with the Halo program - from cleaning the truffle pans, folding boxes, packing them for shipping, and selling them at various venues; and I've cut out the tops and made labels for the various breads and jams that are sold to help raise more money for Homeward Bound. I enjoy the cooking classes that are hosted by local chefs and I help daily by making bag lunches and assisting with the in house lunch program for the residents, volunteers and staff at Homeward Bound. It is very rewarding to be a part of an organization that does so much for so many people and one that creates jobs and does job training for so many and does these things in a way that helps it to support itself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have learned more skills in the kitchen; I have met people who were dedicated and very professional.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a wonderful addition to my life. I have enjoyed meeting the people who have been with the organization since it's beginning and they are still enthusiastic and eager to do as much as they are able.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and accomodate more people. The way they have had a vision and have accomplished what they already have done is inspirational.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very rarely do you find an agency that cares from the top to the bottom which you then see coming from back from the bottom up. I had the honor of working for this agency and have yet to find another like it. I thank you for one of my greatest experiences in my life. I currently work in a different state and use everything I learned at Homeward Bound here. Yes across the states there has been a ripple effect.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 1 stars  

HELP HELP. .."""""HOMEWARD BOUND of MARIN""""............. There are several families that have small children -Have Been DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, MIS-TREATED, VERBALLY ABUSED, LIED TO, EXPOSED TO TOXIC FUMES-BLACK MOLD-BED BUGS-COCKROACHES, AND THROWN OUT INTO THE STREETS WITH NO WHERE TO GO (small children/adults became ill because they had to inhale TOXIC SEWER WASTE that went through the Day Care, and EVERY ROOM the families lived/slept/ate at """HOMEWARD BOUND of MARIN """ FEC PROGRAM """(Family Emergency Center) located in San Rafael, CA. I am just one of those families.!!!! HBofM gets MILLIONS of dollars donated to the Non-Profit Organization each year. They own just about every shelter in Marin County, and Controls just about all of the small organizations that want/receive funding for the HOMELESS.. What they advertise on their web sites to get all this funding is NOT what is being done.. the Directors, & Staff need to be FIRED - LET GO... there is NO heart, compassion or Desire from their Staff... So where is all this money going to ??? Certainly NOT the families that need it so badly.. It COULD BE a wonderful Program if the inside was fixed. (Families were frightened to come forward - the ones that have stepped up are being so called BLACK-BALLED in the Community.. The Board of Supervisors - City/County Officials ARE LISTENING TO US.. they have heard and seen the documents to back us up..PLEASE SOME-ONE STEP UP AND HELP US.. There has been retaliation by Homeward Bound on these families, and on the Advocate (been in Business here for 25 years).Marin Justice Center-Marin Family Action is our Advocate.... Very well respected by Churches, organization, .low income families, Attorneys, the Communities all over the Bay Area.. .. AGAIN please go into your hearts and help those that truly deserve it.. AND make sure that the families that are coming into the program are NOT treated the way we were. Gotta stop it now....Thank You.... Debby Butcher

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the splendid opportunity to come to Homeward Bound with the Novato Leadership Class. I was given a tour of their kitchen facility and the gardens. I was so impressed with the work that this center is doing to assist those who are in the deepest need and in the place where they could not help themselves. This organization derserves to have more public attention as this is an amazing place where disadvantaged folks can get back on their feet in a clean and well managed facility. The staff exhibited so much dignity towards and respect for the folks who are being served at Homeward Bound. I was humbled by their efforts to serve. This organization deserves our assistance both financially and through volunteerism. Check out their website, they are an awesome organization!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been lucky enough to be involved in a couple of enriching events with Homeward Bound. First, my 3rd grader's class participated in a cooking/fundraising project and several other activities all to support the families and children that are served by HB. The staff did a fantastic job educating the kids in an age appropriate manner. Recently, we held my 12 year old daughter's birthday party at the Fresh Starts Cooking Academy also an integral part of HB. The employees were professional and kind and the girls had a fantastic time cooking in their top-notch kitchen!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

One and a half years ago I was invited to come to Homeward Bound.My time here has changed my life in ways I would have never imagined.Since coming here I have been clean and sober,I have graduated from culinary school,became a working chef for a number of catering companies in the area,and hired as part of the staff at Homeward Bound.It is hard to put into words how much pride and self-respect I feel at this point in my life.I know that I put in the work,but without the support of the staff here,I would still be out there in a very sad and lonely place.Clearly Homeward Bound has made my life one I am very happy to live.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Homeward Bound has helped give me a feeling of pride and respect for myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see more room for clients.I would like to see more people get the chance to recieve what I have.A re-newed feeling of hope and pride.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with a group of girlfriends to help paint a stairwell at the family homeless shelter in San Rafael that is run by Homeward Bound. We worked together to get the job done and then were showed around the hotel where the families stay. It was a humbling experience for all of us. Marin is a very affluent community and is hard to imagine living homeless in this area. I ws grateful that there is someplace for families to go when they need a place to stay. After our painting project, the volunteer coordinator invited us back to the Homeward Bound facility in Novato where we had lunch with the residents and a tour of their fabulous facility, which helps to get people back on their feet. They train residents for restaurant positions, help with resumes, provide shelter, etc. We were so impressed. They also have an organic chocolate making business. We were put to work washing out chocolate molds (not easy when you are just using water!) for the business. The Homeward Bound program provides real help for those in need of shelter and a helping hand in our community. I was thankful to be able to help such a terrific organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not had to rely on the organization for help myself. However, I was pleased to see the residents that have been provided shelter through this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the facilities to allow the organization to be able to help even more of Marin's residents that are in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned more about the issues of homelessness in Marin County.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

gratitude for what I have and what I can provide my children

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Inspired by the dedication and vision of the staff, from the top to the bottom..Everyone works together to provide services and programs to help clients become self sufficient..Everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The successes have been amazing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and outstanding..kind, compassionate and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build more training and program space, thus expanding the types of training and programs designed to help clients find meaningful occupations and could expand the affordable housing for graduates of the programs,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have always been touched by Homeward Bound’s mission and philosophy, which can be summed up in the Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It is that empowerment of those in need that drew me to choose Homeward Bound as a place to volunteer. Homeward Bound provides opportunities for folks to develop skills in the culinary arts, landscape maintenance, janitorial maintenance, as well as computer skills and life management skills. It truly is a joy to observe clients who grow into, or return to being, productive, contributing members of society.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the privilege it is to spend a few hours a month with the folks who labor so passionately at the administrative offices for Homeward Bound.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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