Member Profile: Homeward Bound of Marin

Model Member
Novato, CA

Founded in 1974 as a family shelter, Homeward Bound has evolved to become Marin County’s main provider of residential and support services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, certified by the American Culinary Federation, is our award-winning 10-week training and job placement program for homeless and low-income youth.

 

"Homeward Bound has benefited from membership in Catalyst Kitchens through workshops, discounted food service products, grants, working groups, and data sharing, in addition to networking opportunities and learning from staff of other culinary programs. We only wish we could visit all the sites in person! "

Established: 1974

 

Mission: Ending Homelessness with housing, training, and hope. 

 

Trainee Population: Homeless, Low Income

Founded in 1974 in Novato, CA, Homeward Bound is now Marin County’s main provider of residential and support services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. "We now offer 15 residential programs, from emergency shelter to permanent affordable housing," says Paul Fordham, Deputy Executive Director. 

 

Social Enterprises: Café, Catering, Food Manufacturing, Senior Meals, Shelter Meals/Soup Kitchen

Fresh Starts Culinary Academy is their award-winning 10-week training and job placement program for homeless and low-income youth and adults. The program is certified by the American Culinary Federation and has been graduating students since 2000. In 2016 Homeward Bound launched their latest social enterprise, Wagster, all-natural dog treats made by Fresh Starts Culinary graduates with proceeds directly benefiting their training and shelter programs.