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 Development Director Corry Kanzenberg at 415-382-3363 ext. 216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: Valley Oak Wealth Management
People around Marin look forward to cleaning out their files before the annual “BIG SHRED” event organized by Valley Oak Wealth Management. The ninth annual event in 2021 securely shredded more than 18,000 pounds of paper while benefiting Homeward Bound of Marin.
Executives at Valley Oak rallied volunteers among their friends and colleagues to transform the parking lot at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato into a drive-through service center with three large shredding trucks. More than 500 people took advantage of the event and made a donation to Homeward Bound in lieu of a fee for the shredding services.
“Year after year it is a great honor to work with such amazing people to try to make a difference in our beloved community,” said Tim Russell, Founder/Wealth Advisor of Valley Oak Wealth Management. “We extend our greatest thank you to everyone who came out for the event and we hope to see all of you again at our next annual BIG SHRED.”
Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25, for the 10th annual BIG SHRED, which will benefit our programs for a second year.
Our corporate partners include:
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.