Homeward Bound of Marin - Partners in Service
We are proud to partner with an array of community nonprofits and local businesses in our work toward ending homelessness. If you would like to partner with Homeward Bound of Marin or share your ideas with us, please contact Deputy Director Paul Fordham at 415-382-3363 ext. 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight: Adopt A Family of Marin
Families working to maintain independent housing after they leave Homeward Bound’s programs may stray from the best-laid plans with an unexpected expense or two.
Adopt A Family of Marin offers a helping hand during these critical periods to formerly homeless families as well as those struggling to avoid losing their homes when struck by job loss, medical bills or other crises.
“Our mission starts with the prevention of homelessness,” says Pamela Meyer, executive director of Adopt A Family. “People hit a rough spot and can’t pay their rent or utilities – they call us for assistance.”
In a new effort to better coordinate services for homeless families and adults from a wide range of community organizations, Adopt A Family now holds responsibility for managing the first contacts with homeless families seeking support in Marin. In that capacity, they refer families needing immediate shelter to Homeward Bound’s Family Center.
Based in San Rafael, Adopt A Family typically serves more than 500 Marin families a year with their longstanding programs, which include meeting with parents to help them assess income, expenses, budgeting skills and plans for long-term stability.
Our nonprofit partners include:
Adopt A Family
Bay Area Community Resources
BloomMarin (formerly Image for Success)
CareerPoint North Bay
Center for Domestic Peace
Community Action Marin & Head Start
Helen Vine Detox Center
Marin Community Clinic
Marin General Hospital
SF-Marin Food Bank
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Sutter Health – Novato Community Hospital
YWCA 50+ Employment Program
Business leaders play a vital role in Homeward Bound’s work on behalf of the community. Through financial support, donation of needed items and advocacy on our behalf, they have proved themselves to be friends to the end… of homelessness.
Spotlight: EO Products
Homeward Bound programs occupy sites from historic hotel rooms to modern dormitories, but residents share a touch of luxury: all-natural EO Products body care items made in Marin.
The San Rafael company donates liquid hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and hand sanitizer for several programs, including the 80-bed New Beginnings Center.
“We don’t like to say we ‘give back’ by doing this,” says Brad Black, co-founder of EO Products. “We think of ourselves as equal partners with Homeward Bound in serving the community.”
At Voyager Carmel Center in San Rafael, which offers 36 rooms to homeless people living with mental health issues, the gifts are deeply appreciated.
“Many people take for granted things like bathing products or even a safe place to shower. Offering these products for our residents has been a true blessing,” Program Director Alison Buck says.
Our corporate partners include:
Bank of Marin
Coldwell Banker Realtors – Novato and Greenbrae
First Republic Bank
The Republic of Tea
Wells Fargo Bank
Whole Foods Market
Links and Resources
For more information about homelessness in Marin County and beyond:
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Information and statistics about homelessness. Also includes lesson plans for schools.
National Coalition for the Homeless
Advocacy group representing people who are homeless or have experienced homelessness.