Homeward Bound of Marin - Partners in Service
We are proud to partner in our services with a range of nonprofits and businesses in our work to end homelessness. If you would like to partner in service with Homeward Bound of Marin or share your ideas with us, please contact Development Director Corry Kanzenberg at 415-382-3363 ext. 216 or email email@example.com.
Spotlight: GEM Garden Program
An employment training program for adults with disabilities has put down roots in part of the large produce garden at New Beginnings Center in Novato.
The GEM training provided by Integrated Community Services began in 2018 when the program outgrew its San Rafael garden. Homeward Bound offered 15 rows in our main garden, where GEM clients work two days per week to grow flowers and vegetables.
Produce grown by Homeward Bound goes into the meals served in our shelter and housing programs. The GEM team puts most of their produce in boxes delivered monthly to a small list of local customers.
Along with the plants, the partnership cultivates a culture of learning in the garden. Homeward Bound also provides an apprenticeship position in gardening and landscaping at the site.
Extra produce grown by GEM often makes its way to the Homeward Bound kitchens. GEM team supervisors say the contribution builds confidence for their trainees, along with the ability to practice independence by taking the bus to the site.
“Working with GEM has been a great collaboration with a strong community partner,” says Paul Fordham, Co-Executive Director at Homeward Bound. “There’s some crossover between our clients and their team seems to enjoy being here. We’re really happy with the results.”
Our nonprofit partners include:
Bay Area Community Resources
BloomMarin (formerly Image for Success)
Center for Domestic Peace
Community Action Marin & Head Start
Corte Madera Community Foundation
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
Harbor Point Charitable Foundation
Integrated Community Services
Jacques Pépin Foundation
Larkspur Community Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
Marin Community Clinic
SF-Marin Food Bank
Soroptimist International of Novato
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Swords to Plowshares
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay
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: Bank of America
One of the country’s largest banks creates community impact by supporting a range of programs at Homeward Bound of Marin. Their engagement has bolstered our social enterprises and culinary training as well as holiday needs for residents and emergency supplies during the first days of the pandemic.
Their volunteers bring a human touch by delivering gorgeous handmade cards to accompany holiday gift cards provided to several of our programs.
“Homeward Bound has been a longtime Bank of America nonprofit partner because of our shared mission to help make lives better for Marin County families, seniors, and veterans,” says Amy Loflin, Senior Vice President, Market Manager for Marin, Napa and Sonoma.
“Homeward Bound has a long, impactful track record lifting people out of poverty and helping them develop sustainable ways to not just remain on steady ground but to grow and succeed,” she says. “Bank of America supports a variety of their programs including workforce training and social enterprise as pathways to financial opportunities.”
Our corporate partners include:
Bank of America
Bank of Marin
Drysdale Foundation – Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices
First Republic Bank
Heffernan Foundation – Heffernan Financial Services
Redwood Credit Union
Sutter Health – Novato Community Hospital
Wells Fargo Bank
Valley Oak Wealth Management
Links and Resources
Homeward Bound is a partner in the County of Marin’s Housing First Programs.
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.