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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Support, Job Training, Temporary Housing

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 .

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Carla

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.