Fighting homelessness in the North Bay
Support members of the San Rafael Downtown Streets Team this Holiday season. Together we can end homelessness in Marin.
Not only are Team Members picking up trash and beautifying downtown San Rafael, our Team Leads engage with the business community on a daily basis. By checking in with local merchants, our Team Members are able to attend to specific clean-up concerns, perform outreach to prospective Team Members, and discourage loitering, panhandling, and disorderly conduct. In addition to regular work crews, three Elite Team Members help with outreach, tool inventory, and terracycling the cigarette butts collected (learn more about this project).
Beyond cleaning up downtown, we have successfully averaged between 25 and 30 active Team Members since inception, which is 250% more program participation than originally envisioned by the City of San Rafael. We're also working with the City of San Rafael's Sustainability Department on a possible organic food cart at the San Rafael Transit Center.
Put Your Change to Work
We know it's hard to say no to people on the street who are in need, but giving on the street encourages panhandling.
Put Your Change to Work offers an easy way to redirect your generosity through a meter-based donation program that benefits Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael.
On average, our San Rafael Team volunteers 400 hours per week, Monday-Friday, working in one of four distinct work zones covering everything from the Transit Center to the library.
Downtown Farmers Market
A set-up and clean-up contract with the San Rafael Downtown Farmers Market.
Our Team is cleaning a highly blighted frontage road in Mill Valley.
Most of our Team Members find out about us through peer-to-peer outreach. In the case of San Rafael, most of our initial Team was recruited by a single Team Member, Lovely.
Watch her video created by three San Jose State International Students who were interested in learning more about our model. Take the time to learn more about their company, G5film: Facebook Page andEmail.
History and Community Board
Our San Rafael Team launched in September 2013, and by November, the Team had exceeded or nearly met all of its goals set with the city to be accomplished in one-year’s time. Talk about success! Currently over 1/3 of the homeless population in San Rafael, as determined by the last Point-in-Time Count, has attended one of the Team’s Weekly Success Team Meetings.
San Rafael Community Board
Paula Doubleday | Volunteer
Kendall Galli | Teacher, TUHSD
Rich Goldstein | Owner, the Copy Shop and Printing Co.
Betsy Guthrie | Consultant and Autodesk (retired)
Laurie O’hara| Director, Working Solutions
Stephanie Plante | President, CPi Real Estate
Carol Thompson | Graphic Designer, Design Inc.