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January 27, 2010

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January 27, 2010

I have been volunteering on Homeward Bound's Social Enterprise Committee for ten years. Along with staff and other volunteers, we developed and marketed their "Halo" brand chocolate truffles. Behind the scenes, this took numerous hours, days, months, years experimenting with recipes, taste testing, manufacturing, packaging, graphics design, art, sampling, selling the truffles. So many people at different levels such as cooks, entrepreneurs, grocers, chocolatiers, all dedicated to finding meaningful ways to end homelessness. It has been a very fulfilling experience volunteering and watching this one small venture contribute to Homeward Bound's goals.

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

is listening to former residents who were rehabilitated and taught job skills and now have meaningful jobs and their own homes.

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

so dedicated to the mission of ending the homeless problem

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

achieve it's goal of ending homelessness

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 26, 2010

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January 26, 2010

I have been involved with Homeward Bound of Marin in a variety of ways since I came to Marin County in 1982. As I began my work here as a licensed marriage and family therapist, I had many occasions to refer clients to services at this uniquely supportive and important community resource for our county. One of the most striking things about Homeward Bound is that the organization welcomes people without judgement and with open arms "where they are". Homeward Bound's staff and volunteers form a network of of services and programs geared to ending homelessness for good. This is accomplished through community education, a number of different housing support programs and job training. I became a volunteer with Homeward Bound because I could see what an extraordinary group this was, and I wanted to be a part of the action!

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

make it's services more widely available to the population of individuals and families in need of shelter and support. At present, I know all the programs are full to capacity, and financial constraints create worry for all in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 26, 2010

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January 26, 2010

I am very excited to be and to have been on the Board of Directors for Homeward Bound of Marin. I am absolutely amazed by what this organization provides for the community and the homelss people it serves. Homelessness is often the problem in the "shadows" but Homeward Bound of Marin has shined the light on this growing problem and has given opporutnity and guidance for those willing to participate. All of their programs are equally important. When I visit the Homeward Bound site in Hamilton and see New Beginnings with the capacity to house 80 homeless people for up to 6 months and then right next door to have the Next Key with transitional housing, the Fresh Start Catering Program, and the fantastic Key Room, I can not be anything but wowed by this organizations grand accomplishments and service to this community!

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

inspirational!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 12, 2010

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January 12, 2010

Homeward Bound is absolutely outstanding! Our family discovered this incredible organization when delivering holiday "Street Packs" (Winter Survivival Kits for the homeless) five years ago and were amazed to discover their beautiful shelter located right in our backyard and to learn about all of the services that they provide to help the homeless and those in need. We have been supporting them ever since, from serving meals in their Fresh Starts Kitchen and organizing blanket and towel drives, to designing flyers and raising money through school bake sales. The most impressive aspect of Homeward Bound is that they are working to end homelessness through job training, counseling and other critical support services that will open doors to a new future of independent living. The staff at Homeward Bound provide these opportunites with compassion and dignity and we are extremely fortunate to have this wonderful agency in our community.

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

Through volunteering with my family and my daughter's efforts to support them, I have seen that once you step up to help, a lot can be done. My daughter's towel and blanket drives have generated hundreds of donations for their shelters.

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

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

Working with the caring staff and meeting the people who are benefiting from their outreach services. The staff appreciates every little effort you make to contribute and motivates you to want to do all that you can to support them.

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

Kind, compassionate and hardworking. The staff is making a real difference and turning peoples lives around. The volunteers come from all walks of life and the staff is successful at plugging volunteers into areas in which they have expertise.

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

Continue to employ strategies that will help end homelessness. They have been successful already and could do wonders to expand their programs and facilities to help even more people in need and to serve as a model for other agencies to follow.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. There is never enough money to meet the needs of the growing homeless and low-income population. The weakening economy has made this even more of a challenge.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Our community is extremely fortunate to have Homeward Bound serving the homeless in our area. They are a shining example of what can be done to give people not just a hand out, but a hand up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 24, 2009

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December 24, 2009

A couple of my friends and I wanted to find a local organization where we can help during the holiday season. I have donated funds to Homeward Bound before and thought they would be perfect for our group since it is right in our back yard. We had a great experience helping out by wrapping all their holiday gift donations in an afternoon and getting a chance to see their awesome facility. It is great Homeward Bound is there to help people that are a little down and out and assist these people to get back on their feet. What we realized about Homeward Bound and what they do is ... that a home is not just 4 ways and shelter but it is all the little things that Homeward Bound and their staff do to make it more personal. They know their clients by name; there are little touches like decorating common areas; and having a cheery new facility for people to live and learn in.

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

that they responded to our offer to help and came up with an activity that was easy for all of us to fit into our schedule.

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

The staff was very nice and thankful for us being volunteers and took the time to show us the facility and what they do for the participants.

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

Help them hire more staff to collect more donations and coordinate more volunteers. Build additional facilities to help more homeless people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more options on dates and we could help in other areas as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 23, 2009

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December 23, 2009

I am passionate about ending homelessness, especially for children. I am grateful to be part of an organization that is actually making that happen. My experience is that I get to work with a dedicated, committed, and intelligent staff. I get to witness the massive support of outside donors. I am in awe of the creative outreach strategies and their results. I am inspired by the massive impact one non-profit agency can have on this county's homeless population. More money for Homeward Bound means more individuals and families get to live with dignity and respect in a clean shelter with a chance to get their lives back. It could mean more job-training. It could mean more staff to generate more revenue. I have been volunteering at HB every week for three months and continue to be excited every day I get to be there. Constructive feedback you say? I'm there to help and feel like I'm amongst the best of the best non-profit staff.

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

End homelessness in Marin County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 19, 2009

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December 19, 2009

Obviously, there is a lot of hard, tedious work to be done at homeless shelters. But at Homeward Bound of Marin, this work, while time consuming, is actually fun. As I learned more about Homeward Bound's extensive programs all centered towards helping give homeless people homes and jobs, I felt welcomed by the all the other volunteers there. Homeward Bound became a fun place to work, with the funny and entertaining volunteers. Every day, I felt good about having a good time that day at Homeward Bound but mostly about helping homeless people in the best way I could---giving not just shelter and food, but helping programs designed for all of their needs specifically, whether it be a place for the mentally ill or families, or a place centered towards getting a job

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

not being ale to tell the kitchen staff from the homeless training for a job. (By the way it's personally, not personnaly.)

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

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

knowing that I'm helping get homeless people off the streets for good. (I hope)

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

funny and welcoming. At the second day there I already felt like part of the group.

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

get some more permanent housing for the families who can't afford houses nowadays.

Ways to make it better...

maybe the work that school volunteers can do was a little more planned out so we could do more (it's not htat it was disorganized, I just thing you could think of some more big things we could do before we get there.)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 15, 2009

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December 15, 2009

After my daughter completed her first three months in the New Beginnings culinary program I knew I wanted to be a volunteer so I could be a part of this amazing organization. While volunteering at local events selling Halo truffles and pantry goods, I quickly discovered the best part of this experience; the outreach. To my surprise, I was quite eager to speak to strangers about the details of this outstanding program. There was a great sense of pride in being connected with a group of people who over the years have fostered and inspired such a dedicated assistance program. It must be infectious as three people asked me at the holiday crafts fair at the Margaret Todd Center how they could become volunteers too. My efforts have been rewarded with constant praise and thanksgiving by the staff which prompts my eagerness to return and serve with love and pride.

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

warm, welcoming and all working towards the common goal of ending homelessness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 15, 2009

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December 15, 2009

Hi, My name is Diamonte. When I first started homeward Bound of Marin, I loved it. I didn't know what it would be like when I first went, but when I got there, I loved it. Today was my second day. I can't wait until tomorrow to do it again.

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

I've only done things that are second hand involvement.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to help expand the room for more homeless people to be able to stay.

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

That it helps people that can't make it on their own for free.

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

I've met the executive director of the Homeward Bound of Marin and a lot of volunteer workers!

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

Expand their land to house more people. Use the money to help house the families, expand on their Culinary Academy, and help in any other thing that they need for their organization.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't be better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

If they can't expand to occupany more homeless families, and individuals, and if they will have enough money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Homeward Bound is the best non-profit organization I've ever worked with. I love it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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