Homeward Bound of Marin

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews


1385 N. Hamilton Parkway Novato CA 94949 USA


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.


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


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  

2 people 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.

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3 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.

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About every week

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6 people found this review helpful

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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