Social Enterprise Sets Course to Expand with REDF Grant

April 2, 2021

Man wearing apron and chef's shirt packs salad into plastic boxes.

Homeward Bound has received a three-year, $300,000 funding commitment from REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization, to boost development of our social enterprise businesses that employ homeless and low-income adults.

The award will benefit three ventures based in Novato: Wagster Treats dog biscuits, The Key Room event venue and catering, and a contract meals program to prepare nourishing food for shelter and supportive housing residents.

Over the three-year period, REDF will provide technical assistance to fuel growth that will contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery and promote equity for people overcoming barriers to employment. Homeward Bound was one of 13 organizations nationwide to receive an award as part of REDF’s inaugural Growth Portfolio.

“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected by REDF. Their funding and technical assistance is precisely what Homeward Bound needs at this time to further our social enterprise ventures,” said Mary Kay Sweeney, Homeward Bound executive director.

Homeward Bound has operated social enterprise ventures for more than a decade. All primarily employ students and graduates of our Fresh Starts Culinary Academy.

With REDF support, Homeward Bound will develop a multi-year workplan aimed at expanding training opportunities and career ladders through our businesses.