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Homeward Bound of Marin

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  • Social Enterprise
  • September 11th, 2015
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Homeward Bound of Marin

Homeward Bound of Marin is the primary provider of Marin County homeless shelters and services for homeless families and individuals in Marin, California.


Fresh Starts Culinary Academy is Homeward Bound’s job-training program, serving low-income students from the community as well as Homeward Bound residents.

This award-winning program provides an intensive 10-week course to prepare students for jobs in the busy culinary industry and is certified by the American Culinary Federation. The course includes food preparation and safety, recipe sizing, knife skills, food service, and “life skills” like teamwork and conflict resolution. Hands-on experience is a key part of the program.

Our students build their skills in two Homeward Bound kitchens and work at Jackson Cafe in San Rafael, a partnership with  the Whistlestop agency serving Marin seniors. The cafe opens weekdays for lunch at Whistlestop, next to the San Rafael Transit Center. Check the Jackson Café menu weekly for your favorites.

As part of Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, students also may work at celebrity chef events produced by Homeward Bound. Our team also produces Wagster Treats dog biscuits, chocolate Halo Truffles and Halo HomeMades, a sister line of jams and salsas.