InnVision Shelter Network

Rating: 4.88 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 181 Constitution Drive Menlo Park CA 94025 USA

Mission: InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Results: Over 90% of the families graduating from our transitional housing programs returned to permanent housing. The average stay is just around 100 days - less than half the national average.
Target demographics: Homeless families and individuals of all ages
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000
Geographic areas served: Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula
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EIN 77-0160469
650-685-5880
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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

InnVision serves approximately 19,000 homeless and extremely low-income people on an annual basis at twenty sites throughout Silicon Valley, CA.

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

the compassionate care given to those most vulnerable and in need every day.

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

Do more outreach

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

The commitments kept by corporate volunteers.

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

good hearted

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

Stregthen many lives.

Ways to make it better...

It's always good.

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

To house, feed and support the growing numbers of people in need.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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Shelter Network helped me to get my life back on track. My children were comfortable with the staff and loved the program. I was able to work and save enough money to afford the move-in costs for an apartment. After we moved into our own apartment, my children still wanted to "go home" to the shelter. The value received for my family is priceless. Because of that, I now volunteer and donate regularly to the shelter community. I am also part of the Alumni Association.

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

my own life. The day we moved in to emergency family housing with Shelter Network was the first day of the rest of my life and the best day in 2005.

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

Treat the staff to an annual retreat for rest and relaxation. They all work so hard and deserve to be recognized.

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

The ability to seek help and be treated with dignity has opened my mind and heart to help others. This has been a rewarding side effect of homelessness. Being homeless and not a client of Shelter Network would have been a tragedy for my family.

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

Staff and volunteers always were caring and warm. I felt treated as a valued individual. Those that genuinely care about others are the typical staff members or volunteers.

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

Expand it's programs, add services and increase the number of beds for homeless individuals and families with children.

Ways to make it better...

More San Mateo County service providers took the time to help the homeless clients.

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

The organization works wonders and needs the continued, constant and consistent donations and funders to help meet the needs of the many families that are served. Money has to be the biggest challenge.

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

I am grateful for this organization and can't say enough good things about it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Shelter Network is a special and unique organization that helps people who truly want to help themselves. It is amazing that the Shelter Network is able to provide on an annual basis, shelter for 3,500 homeless children, parents, and individuals and comprehensive programs to ensure they are able to thrive after leaving the shelters. I had heard a little of the story from friends in the Burlingame area, but I decided to walk-in and offer my help. I was met with immediate good will and direction to a suitable place to help. I was working within ten minutes of walking through the door for the first time in November 2007.

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

meeting people who were sheltered by SN and were able to get their lives together. One such person, was able to reunite her husband and two children. She was able to complete her education as well.

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

try to make it more visible in the communities that it serves. I think many people in San Mateo County do not know of the fine and essential work being done by SN.

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

the chance to directly work for families who found themselves in need. Also, it is heart warming to directly contribute and see the results of this effort. I suggested that SN invite Martin Sheen (the actor and homeless activist) to be the keynote speaker for the largest annual fund-raising event. I also organized and implemented sponsor lists, letters, pledge forms, and other documents used for fund-raising activities.

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

dedicated, kind, people who make the effort to be inclusive as much as possible.

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

provide shelter and services to maybe seven to ten thousand homeless families and individuals. Improve the quality of life for all of us that live in San Mateo County.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was fantastic. I am a critical person but I can not really sight a large problem. At times it was difficult to schedule time but that reflected the daily changes that people in the development office had to make in order to serve others.

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

visibility in the county, meeting the increased demands of the homeless in harder times, and the demands of ever more fund-raising.

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

I am very grateful for such an organization as SN. In so many ways, SN provides homeless people with hope and dignity. For those better off SN's work means that when we all interact, the effort is on positive advancement. Everybody in SM County gains as a result. Often this is not so visible and obvious, but is still so important.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Shelter Network is an amazing organization. They truly care about ending homelessness! I am very passionate about this nonprofit and I will always support Shelter Network.

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

the clients they have helped

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

be extremely proud

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

meeting such amazing people

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

friendly and helpful

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

help even more homeless men women and children

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there

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

ending homelessness

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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