Becky has been working with unhoused people for 16 years doing outreach on the streets. She (and the rest of the board) has been searching for land for our model sustainable community village for unhoused veterans and others who have little to no income. She has her undergrad from UC Berkeley and her Master's in Education with a Specialization in Counseling & Guidance from Cal Poly where she worked for 17 years.
She ran the Saturday Showers program since its inception five years ago - 5,600 showers were provided - paused for the time being until we find our site. She longs for the day when Hope's Village is successfully up and running - providing a model for the rest of the county to follow.
BECAUSE WE CAN REDUCE HOMELESSNESS
IN OUR TOWN, IN OUR TIME.
Bull Chaney has been with Hope's Village since its inception ... he founded and runs Gryphon Society/Gate Help, Inc. He currently has five clean and sober living homes all over the county but has had up to eight homes - one for women in North County and the others in SLO and South County.
He is a board-certified Drug & Alcohol counselor and does community health outreach in North County.
He started the first needle exchange in San Luis Obispo county and has helped hundreds of addicts become and stay clean and sober.
He is an amazing man full of energy and love for his "knuckleheads" and all others. We are so blessed to have him on our board!
Newest to our board of directors, Laura comes to us from Pasadena where she served on the boards of the local Food Coop and Fair Trade Store.
For the past few years, she has been volunteering at Humankind, the Fair Trade store in SLO. She assisted with Saturday Showers by shopping for groceries and supplies. She has also researched grant funding possibilities and looks forward to helping more as a board member.
Laura is a software engineer who has a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Computer Science.
We appreciate her talent, experience, and dedication to seeing our village come to fruition.
Marcie was the sole proprietor of a small business for 40+ years. For decades, she's dedicated her life to helping unhoused folks in SLO with housing (inviting many to even come and live in her home or on her property over the years) and now helps feed and clothe people on the streets.
Marcie does outreach on the streets of SLO with water, food, and clothing - she is crucial to the success of our nonprofit!
She volunteers with local thrift shops and gives of her time and energy unselfishly.
Marcie also belongs to "Sisters Helping Sisters" who help feed and clothe our women on the streets in conjunction with her church.
Thank you, Marcie for your many years of service and dedication in helping our unhoused brothers and sisters here on the Central Coast!
James Marett is a general contractor who resides in Santa Margarita. He is a graduate of Cal Poly and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He has over three decades of experience in building and zoning and is in the process of designing ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) that are being built all over the country as an option for the ever-rising costs of housing.
He served as an intern for Hope's Village and researched homelessness and avenues to reduce and/or end homelessness, and for this, we are very grateful. He is now researching fundraising.
He has a huge heart for helping our unhoused neighbors here on the Central Coast.
Thank you for joining our board, Jimmy Marett!
Accountant: Layered Accounting, Templeton
Architect: Thom Brajkovich, Paragon Designs
Architectural Design Consultant: Monique Grajeda
Attorneys: California Rural Legal Association
Bookkeeper: Kristin Fischer - Outer Reefs Consulting
Clean & Sober Living: Bull Chaney - Gryphon Society/GateHelp, Inc.
Community Health Outreach: Bull Chaney
Contractor: James E. Marett
Drug & Alcohol Counselor: Bull Chaney
Financial Advisor: Laura Manning
Housing Advisor: Jerry Rioux, Retired Dir/SLO Housing Trust Fund/SL0 Co.
Insurance Co: Mackey & Mackey Insurance Company
Outreach: Tim Waag, Jan Allenspach, Marianne Bollinger, Domenica Devine
Realtor: Jeff Prostovich, Hal Sweasey
Veteran Consultant: Paul Worsham
Community Action Partnership of SLO
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Jordan Cunningham, Assemblyman
People's Self-Help Housing
Restorative Partners - Sister Theresa Harpin
SLO Co. Health Department
SLO County Social Services
SLO Housing Trust Fund - Jerry Rioux (Retired)
SLO Salvation Army
SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson
Supervisors Gibson, Peschong & Ortiz-Legg
Supportive Veterans Services Collaborative SLO
Transitional Food & Shelter
Transitions Mental Health Association
June 12, 2014
“As the Sheriff-Coroner of San Luis Obispo I see the need to not only help get the homeless off the street but also put in a program that helps them become self sufficient. Hope’s Village appears to accomplish both of these goals. Even though San Luis Obispo County maintains a homeless shelter it is obvious this doesn’t always accomplish our goals of getting people off the street and being self sufficient. It is not always possible to meet our goals with one program and we need different approaches to accomplish our goals. Hope’s Village will help meet those goals.”
Ian S. Parkinson, Sheriff-Coroner
San Luis Obispo County