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Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:35:22 -0500

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Starting the New Year with Service

As I reflect on the incredible support we received during the holidays, I am inspired
and grateful. The community's generosity brought so much hope and joy to families
at IVSN. Thank you.

We hope that the momentum of the "season of giving" will continue, as our clients'
need persists throughout the year. Last Monday, we celebrated National Day of Service,
for which volunteers young and old gave their time to make a difference. There are
many opportunities to continue giving back, such as...

* Host a donation drive at your school or work to provide much-needed items, such
as gift certificates, toiletries, linens and bedding, kitchen supplies, and diapers.
* Ask your employer to match your financial donation. Some companies will even match
your volunteer time with a charitable donation!
* Become a volunteer leader and use your experience to support a shelter on an ongoing
basis. These "Support Committees" are vital to helping clients regain permanent

To learn more about these opportunities and more, view our Volunteer Opportunities
or contact Julia Gregory at jgregory_at_(domainremoved)
ext 134. Thank you again for your support and dedication to helping end homelessness.

With gratitude,

Karae M. Lisle

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Thank You for Giving this Holiday!

We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude to the many generous donors and volunteers
who made this holiday special. Thanks to your support, thousands of homeless families
and adults experienced holiday joy -- people like Roy and Janine, whose 3-month-old
daughter spent her first New Year's in the safety and comfort of our transitional

Over the holiday season, IVSN benefitted from...

* 150 volunteer events and holiday parties
* 3,000 volunteers giving of their time
* 10,000 donors contributing financial and in-kind gifts

Additionally, a record number of families attended the Holiday Toy and Teen Shoppe,
IVSN's annual holiday event where clients "shop" (for free) for donated toys and
 gifts for their children. Thanks to the generosity of countless volunteers and
donors, over 2,200 children received gifts from the Shoppe! View photos of the Holiday
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After 25 Years on the Street, Martin Finds a Home

Martin moved into his own apartment in Sunnyvale just in time for the holidays.
Upon entering the clean, fully-furnished studio, one would never guess that its
occupant had been living in shelters and on the streets of San Jose for nearly 25

Martin grew up in Arkansas, where he was a star athlete in high school, excelling
in football, baseball, basketball, and track. After graduating, he struggled with
addiction, causing him to become homeless. He moved to San Jose and lived between
shelters and the street.

This year, Martin engaged with two nonprofits -- InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN)
and Destination: Home -- to make lasting changes in his life. Both organizations
 collaborate through Housing 1000, a community campaign to house 1,000 of the most
vulnerable chronically homeless adults in Santa Clara County by 2013.

Martin began meeting with his IVSN case manager two to three times per week. They
focused on securing housing, employment, and sobriety. After one month, Martin took
the initiative to enroll in classes at De Anza Collegein psychology and African
American history.

Now Martin is working part-time and thinking about next steps for building a career.
His dream job is to become a counselor for at-risk youth. Martin lives in a small,
neat apartment with a shady back deck overlooking a cluster of trees. Smiling, he
says, "I like it here, it's a peaceful neighborhood. That's what I need." He gestures
in the direction of the trees; "down that way, there's a park where I can play basketball."

IVSN Expands Mental Health Services for Homeless Children

Most people don't know many two-year-olds in counseling. Yet children who experience
homelessness are frequently the most vulnerable to psychological challenges, as
they lack stability and often feel embarrassed by their situation.

IVSN is taking active steps to mitigate the impact of trauma and homelessness on
 children. We partner with the Bay Area's top universities to recruit graduate students
in psychology (Mental Health Interns), who provide free on-site therapy to children
and their families.

This partnership is a win-win -- Mental Health Interns receive clinical hours toward
their degree, while homeless families receive immediate counseling on-site at the
shelter, rather than waiting for months to access public healthcare services.

In addition to hands-on experience, the Mental Health Interns receive training at
UCSF Medical Center on treating children as young as 18 months. Interns frequently
include the parents in therapeutic counseling with their child. The positive impact
of therapy on children's behavior is often visible after just a few weeks.

In the past year, over 150 children and their families received on-site mental healthcare
at IVSN. The agency has recently hired a Mental Health Program Director to expand
these services to even more children in need across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
These services are funded by Hedge Funds Care, Peninsula Healthcare District, Sequoia
Healthcare District, SanDisk, Mothers Against Poverty, and others.

Volunteering for the One-Day Homeless Count

Every two years, hundreds of volunteers rise before dawn to participate in the One-Day
Homeless Count.

Many start their day at an IVSN shelter, one of the "deployment sites," where they
receive their assignments before hitting the streets to count the number of homeless
individuals and families.

This month, over 45 IVSN staff participated as volunteers, as well as many clients
currently living in the shelters. One client in particular, John M., an Armed Forces
Veteran, personally accompanied Supervisor Don Horsley while sharing his experience
of transitioning out of homelessness.

The results of the One-Day Homeless Count inform service providers, policymakers,
and funders with valuable data on the demographics of homeless populations. The
last Homeless Census in 2011 counted 7,045 people in Santa Clara County (estimated
18,272 homeless annually) and 2,149 people in San Mateo County (estimated 6,737
homeless annually).

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InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is one of the largest and most effective providers
of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco
Peninsula, serving thousands of homeless families and individuals annually on their
path back to self-sufficiency.

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