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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EIN 68-0011405
(415) 382-3363
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

n/a

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...

n/a

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?

2010-1-01

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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.

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

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.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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