LifeMoves is formerly InnVision Shelter Network

FAQs

About Homelessness

In January 2015, 564,708 people experience homelessness in the United States on a given night.  206,286 (36.5%) of those were in families and 47,725 (8%) were veterans.  Upwards of 3 million Americans experience homelessness in a given year.

In California, there are 29.7 homeless people for every 10,000 people, as compared to the national average 18.3.  In CA, for every 10,000 Veterans 69.4 are homeless in contrast to the national average that is 25.5. Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness

San Jose/Santa Clara County is in the top 10 major cities (#7) in the United States with the highest population of homeless people and it has one of the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness in the US (#2) at 80.8%.  San Jose/Santa Clara County is also in the top 10 major cities in the US with the highest population of homeless veterans (#5).  63.4% are unsheltered. Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development report

No. While many consider homelessness to be an urban problem, a vast number of homeless families and individuals live in rural areas. 14 out of every 10,000 individuals in rural areas are homeless (NAEH).

Homeless families are the “hidden” or “invisible” homeless. The majority of LifeMoves clients are working parents and their children. It is impossible to identify these people as “homeless” by sight because they are typically working in low-income jobs, or looking for work during the day, and their children are in school. At night, they sleep in their vehicles, garages, or motels until their funds are exhausted.

Many of the parents in homeless families served by LifeMoves do have jobs, but they are low-paying jobs and don’t provide enough income to cover the high cost of housing. Living paycheck to paycheck, one emergency can lead to a financial crisis resulting in homelessness.

People become homeless for a variety of complex reasons. Some of the most common reasons for family homelessness include:

  • Job or Income Loss
  • Family Breakup
  • Lack of Affordable Housing: In both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. With such high housing costs, many people earning minimum wage live on the brink of homelessness.

About the LifeMoves Organization

LifeMoves is dedicated to providing interim housing and supportive services that create opportunities for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and long-term self-sufficiency.

LifeMoves services in Santa Clara County (formerly InnVision the Way Home) were established in 1973, and LifeMoves services in San Mateo County (formerly Shelter Network) were established in 1987. In July 2012, InnVision the Way Home and Shelter Network unified to become a single nonprofit.  LifeMoves became the entity’s new name in 2016. Read more about the merger.

LifeMoves is funded through a combination of foundations, corporations, individuals, federal, state, and city grants. Approximately 60% of the annual budget is publically funded, and 40% is privately funded.

Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of LifeMoves clients are working families with children. These families and individuals make up an “invisible” segment of homeless people because it is impossible to identify them as “homeless” by sight. They are typically working in low-income jobs, or looking for work during the day, while their children attend school.

No. The LifeMoves family sites provide modern and bright transitional apartments in residential buildings. These furnished apartments provide families with the dignity and warmth of a real home. All family locations have on-site computer rooms and children’s play rooms, while several of our facilities also have on-site licensed childcare centers. LifeMoves sites also have small meeting rooms for classes and life-skills workshops.

In the past year, 97% of families and 82% of individual clients who completed LifeMoves interim housing programs returned to stable housing and self-sufficiency. The successful programs provide families and individuals with the resources and skills they need to return to personal independence and avoid becoming homeless again in the future. The focus is on long-term solutions, not temporary fixes.

We offer more than just a bed and a meal for the night. Our programs provide safe housing, food and basic necessities as well as one-on-one counseling, childcare and children’s programs, and assistance in increasing income, savings, and securing housing. Read more about the successful LifeMoves program model.

As the largest homeless services agency across Silicon Valley and the Peninsula, we have a strong relationship with service providers, hospitals, police departments, and other agencies that interface with individuals and families at risk of homelessness. Clients are referred to us by agencies and self-referred. Individuals looking for shelter and services may also call the 211 Hotline.

LifeMoves works extensively with other nonprofits and community groups to meet all the needs of the families and individuals we serve. By collaborating, we build on the expertise of established community partners, and avoid unnecessary duplication of services. Some of our partners include Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Anthony’s Kitchen, Family Service Agency, Project 90, Women’s Recovery Association, Service League, and numerous others.

How Can I Help LifeMoves?

Yes! Our successful therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.

LifeMoves programs have been successful thanks to our strong community support.  Each and every volunteer and donor has made a commitment to be a part of the solution to homelessness. Individual donations, advocacy, and volunteer efforts really do make a difference by providing our clients with the support they need to overcome homelessness. Just as importantly, contributions and involvement show these families and individuals that their community supports them as they rebuild their lives.

We welcome visitors to learn more about our programs and model of ending homelessness. However, in order to respect our clients’ privacy, we ask that you schedule a tour in advance. Contact info@LifeMoves.org to visit one of our sites.

About the New LifeMoves Rebrand

In 2012, the leading homeless services organizations from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties merged. The first order of business with the new entity, InnVision Shelter Network, was not to work on rebranding but instead to clarify mission, functions, services, roles, and finances across the combined organization.  These efforts have been a success, resulting in the combined organization breaking even in 2015 for the first time.  Now, the new identity signifies the full integration of the merger.  The new name also better reflects the nature and totality of services that we provide.

The name represents an entity that is empowering, passionate, structured, dynamic and transformational. The essence of the brand is breaking the cycle of homelessness, with a goal of long-term self-sufficiency. The new brand identity will connect with the community of private and corporate donors that share our expectation of success through tight focus on personal transformation.

We needed a new identity to better reflect the mission of the organization and the nature and totality of services we provide. We serve motivated, homeless clients by providing a 360-degree continuum of care and the tools, training and case management to help them transform their lives and enable them to return to self-sufficiency.

Addressing the full spectrum of homelessness issues in the Bay Area requires a continuum of care from service providers. LifeMoves focuses specifically on assisting homeless families, individuals and veterans who are personally motivated to transform their lives in order to return to stable housing and long-term self-sufficiency.

With the merger and associated integration work completed, we were able to address the need for a name that better represented the transformational process and engagement of our clients, and helped the community better understand the nature of our mission. The former name, which was created by combining the names of the two, merged organizations, was unwieldy, hard to remember, and gave the impression we were primarily a
temporary shelter provider.

We took a very collaborative approach, with four members of the board, and CEO Bruce Ives, participating in a Re-Branding Task Force.  The Task Force solicited, generated and evaluated a list of 90 names and narrowed them down to a small handful of top candidates.  We chose LifeMoves because it best reflects the nature and totality of the services we provide and allows for versatility in how we present our various program areas, such as BehaviorMoves, HousingMoves, CareerMoves, FinanceMoves, LearningMoves and HealthMoves.

The BrewLife marketing agency toured LifeMoves program sites where they met and interacted with clients and employees. They also interviewed donors, board members and volunteers and conducted messaging workshops with the Re-Branding Task Force.

The rebranding was funded by a designated donation from a donor who is very passionate about the project. We also received discounted pricing for services provided by BrewLife marketing agency, and from a marketing consultant.

LifeMoves clients know this organization as a place to go for assistance.  We expect positive acceptance from our clients that our new names is helpful to everyone as it focuses on the transformative progress that is made through the innovative programs at LifeMoves. The new name brings new emphasis to the activities that we undertake each day to carry out our mission and meet the expectation that our clients will achieve self-sufficiency through personal accountability.

The goal of the rebrand is to create an understanding of the organization that will attract more donors across all of our audiences. For a brand to be successful today, it has to distinguish itself amid the noise of thousands of others vying for attention on the same platforms. To measure how our new brand is being received, we will track media coverage, and report sentiment amongst donors, employees, volunteers, clients and partners. We will assess social reporting, and ultimately fundraising. LifeMoves will also provide an outlet where we can monitor what people are saying so that we can address our clients’ concerns, receive market feedback and demonstrate that we are listening and are responsive.

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