Homeless Support & Mental Health

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound provides necessary and invaluable resources to the homeless of Marin in the effort to help people reestablish their own homes and lives. It has facilities established for emergency housing and transitional housing for singles and families with children. There is also an organic garden at its facility in Novato.

Students are needed as companions, mentors, baby-sitters, tutors, event organizers and with administrative and fund raising work. Students have an opportunity to make a positive impact on a population that is often overlooked.

Populations Served: Families and single adults who are homeless.
Services Provided: Emergency and transitional housing, meals, job training, counseling and referrals.
Address: 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
Phone: (415) 382-3363
Web Site: www.hbofm.org

St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room

An interfaith-based organization who provides services and food to the poor. The Dining Room was created in 1981 as a free kitchen whose purpose is to serve the hungry with dignity and a welcoming demeanor. Each year their kitchen serves more than 80,000 hot meals, providing the only meal of the day for many of their diners. Many of their diners are working poor, living below the poverty line. Others are seniors and people with disabilities struggling to make ends meet.

Populations Served: Provide hot meals and other services to the poor of Marin County
Services Provided:
Address: 820 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Web Site: www.vinnies.org

Ritter House

Ritter Center serves low-income to no-income families and individuals in Marin County who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. All their registered clients fall well below the Marin County self-sufficiency standard for their household size. Despite their best efforts, low wages keep them struggling from paycheck to paycheck. Those with jobs are most often employed without health insurance and other benefits. They often lack reliable transportation, especially problematic here in Marin. Any unforeseen expense becomes a serious financial obstacle that threatens their ability to pay rent or put food on the table. Ritter Center assists more than 4,000 individuals each year. Maintaining regular schedule is important to maintain safety and create positive role-modeling for clients.

Populations Served: low-income to no-income families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless
Services Provided:
Address: 16 Ritter Street | San Rafael, CA 94912
Web Site: http://rittercenter.org/