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Marin County’s Homeless Make Do

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Marin County | California

There are around 400 homeless people sleeping on the ground in Marin County.  Fifty-five emergency shelter beds are available. The people who lose out sleep where they can. Sometimes covered, sometimes not.

Homeless sleeper on the ground.When Kelso woke up I told him I had taken his picture. He said, “Use it. This is my life.”

In 2011,  Marin County officials rejected a grand jury’s recommendation for a permanent emergency shelter program. The reasoning was that the money would be better spent on permanent housing. Here it is 2013, and while some progress has been made on permanent housing, such as Homeward Bound’s Oma Village, people are still sleeping and dying on the county’s streets and hideaways.

Homeless sleeper

Marin County is well known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, and affluence. I just checked with Wikipedia, and there are 3,141 counties in the United States. Ours is 46th from the top when ranked on household income. There is real money here. It seems to me we can afford to do much more to help our homeless citizens.

What do you think? What would you do to reduce homelessness?


Written by Ron Greene

July 30, 2013 at 9:04 am

A man with a knife

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David Budworth, aka Dave the Butcher, taught a master class last night in the fine art of making a lamb chop. I’m trying to be a little funny here, making a lamb joke, because I haven’t the slightest interest in food preparation.

At times this can make me less than a charming dinner guest. When conversation turns to how the meal was put together, I get real bored real quick.

So what’s interesting to me is how Dave can take a subject that would normally bore me to death and turn it into a fun and educational evening.

Dave the Butcher, Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School

He performed his knife magic at a Homeward Bound of Marin fundraiser, one of a series of food preparation classes it presents during the year to support its programs for the homeless.

Dave the Butcher, Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School


Chef Rocky Packard, Homeward Bound, Cooking School

Chef Rocky Packard

This class was hands on. Under Dave’s guidance, and with the support of Chef Rocky Packard, forty participants picked up knives and headed for Homeward Bound’s professional kitchen, where they prepared traditional racks of lamb.

Dave the Butcher trims a chop

Homeward Bound of Marin Cooking School

Dinner guests trimmed their own lamb.


Homeward Bound of Marin Cooking School

The lamb was then cooked and served by students enrolled in Fresh Starts Culinary Academy. The Academy conducts a ten-month course in cooking basics and food service, preparing Homeward Bound residents for jobs in the food industry.

Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School


Homeward Bound Cooking School, Fresh Starts Academy

Students receive expert advise on food service.

Everyone had fun, and I was again forced to admit that some really smart and entertaining people can turn food preparation into high art.

Written by Ron Greene

March 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Coming out of the cold: Quilts for the homeless

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Homeward Bound of Marin has addressed the problem of homelessness since 1974, when it opened it first family shelter in Marin County. Today its main program is located at the former Hamilton Naval Air Base in Novato, California.

Homeward Bound continues to expand and now has a number of programs throughout Marin County. (I help lead a group for Voice Hearers at the Voyager Carmel Center, a housing unit for people with persistent mental illness.) Homeward Bound coordinates its efforts with a number of agencies and volunteer groups serving the homeless and low-income populations of Marin County.

I do some photography for Homeward Bound, and Wednesday I photographed members of Knit Your Part!, assembling quilts they will donate to homeless families moving into Homeward Bound apartments. Knit Your Part! Is a group of knitters who meet regularly to create beautiful blankets and quilts, then donated to people in need.

It seems like such a thoughtful touch. Can you image how it must feel, after sleeping in an old station wagon for months, to finally move into an apartment and find that caring people have knitted a warm blanket for you?

Homeward Bound of Marin, Homelessness, Knit Your Part!

Homeward Bound of Marin, Homelessness, Knit Your Part!

Homeward Bound of Marin, Homelessness, Knit Your Part!

Homeward Bound of Marin, Homelessness, Knit Your Part!

Homeward Bound of Marin, Homelessness, Knit Your Part!

Written by Ron Greene

March 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm