Project remade

Project ReMADE, based at Stanford University, has a bold vision—to teach formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs about launching a business. Key to its success are the mentors, who share their experience and contacts. Stanford students and Silicon Valley executive mentors meet every other week with participants to help them develop their business plans. On alternating weeks, Stanford Law and GSB students also lead the classroom aspect of the program, often bringing in relevant guest speakers. The 12-week program finishes with participants presenting their business plans to a panel of executives from local micro-development organizations. Project ReMADE has a challenging curriculum and high standards and competition is stiff, the number of applicants far exceeding the seven spaces in each year’s class. Successful applicants have to have been out of jail or prison for at least one year, have a job, or be enrolled in school—and have a business idea. Some come with full proposals and well-developed plans.

Contact:Project Remade 650 724 5786,

San Mateo and the Bay Area

homeless housing resources

San Mateo County's interfaith community offers a safety net

Family homelessness in San Mateo County is a significant, though often invisible, problem. Every year, roughly 6,000 people in the county become homeless, the vast majority of whom are families with children. More than 50 local interfaith organizations in San Mateo County work together to provide help.

Home and Hope


Home and Hope operates for about $38/day per client and has about a 90% success rate in helping families to get back on their feet and transitioning them into housing.


SVDP Homeless Help Centers

 SVdP is the daily vouchering agency for beds at San Mateo County shelters.

Strategically located in South San Francisco, San Mateo and Redwood City, SVdP’s Homeless Help Centers offer basic survival necessities, such as a hot meal, clothing, sleeping bags, bus tokens, ID cards, laundry and mail service. 


South San Francisco

421 4th Lane (650) 589-9039
Drop-in assistance: 
Monday – Friday 10am to noon; Saturday 11am – noon 
Volunteers needed - email us


San Mateo
50 N. B Street (650) 343-9251
Drop-in assistance: Monday – Friday 9.45am to 11.45am 
Volunteers needed - email us


Redwood City
Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Road
Drop-in assistance: Monday – Friday 1:15pm-2:15pm
Volunteers needed - email us

San Mateo Sheriff's Department

The garden project farm at the San Francisco County Jail San Bruno Complex, founded by Catherine Sneed in 1992, was unique in the country.

Over the years, the Project has served continuing education and the environment. It has provided employment and support to former offenders.

The Garden Project has grown organic vegetables for donations, planted thousands of street trees in San Francisco, served as a resource for public works projects, and as an educational resource for children who visit the farm.

The Project is maintained through partnerships with the San Francisco Pubic Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Police Department and more than 25 Community Organizations. For more information call 650-588-8253