InnVision seeks $125,000 to help homeless

Recession creating more demand but fewer donations in the Bay Area

InnVision, the San Jose-based nonprofit organization that provides housing, medical, food and clothing assistance to Palo Alto's homeless population, is asking for $125,000 in donations to meet its $500,000 goal by Jan. 15, 2011.

Major nonprofit organizations that help people in need have seen an increase in demand for services during the recession and a decrease in donations, it has been widely reported.

"In order to provide shelter and services to more than 1,400 people each day, we still need your help," CEO Christine Burroughs said.

InnVision provides clothing and a food pantry and daily meals to Palo Alto's homeless persons and families and offers comprehensive services through the Opportunity Center on Encina Way to help get people back into housing.

In addition to providing daily services, meals and housing to families with children and individuals, during the holiday season InnVision participates in programs such as Adopt-A-Family and the Holiday Toy and Teen Shoppe. Parents "shop" for free to pick out gifts for their children.

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Posted by Stephanie
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

My daughter and I have assisted this group by serving meals to the homeless. It is a wonderful program and I hope others will consider giving!

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Posted by LAHmom
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Dec 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

The children at Opportunity House are wonderful kids with nice parents; Yvonne who runs the kids' program is fantastic. The InnVision people would make great use of your donations!

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Posted by UrbanE Ministry
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

$500,000 seems to be the standard amount Innvision says it needs at this time of the year: Web Link

Current annual information returns are not readily available for Innvision, but they paid their CEO over $150,000 a year recently.

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Posted by ag
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

In response to UrbanE Ministry, see the latest 990 return for InnVision here: Web Link. You may not like it, but $150K a year (or much more) is not unheard of for experienced and effective nonprofit CEOs. Regardless of how much the CEO makes, it does not take away from the fact that this is a well-run and VERY worthwhile organization.

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