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Review for Homeward Bound of Marin, Novato, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?


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?


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

Role:  Volunteer & painted, washed chocolate molds.