WHO WE ARE
The Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy was founded in 1992 as a California Public Benefit Corporation and is currently operating as The Street Chaplaincy (TSC). We are fiscally sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Council, a registered 501c3 (EIN#68- 0029475). The Street Chaplaincy’s primary mission is to bring compassionate spiritual care to unsheltered and temporarily sheltered persons in Marin County and to build community between homeless persons and non-homeless faith communities and other organizations.
WHAT WE DO
We Build Bridges of Support and Foster Community
Our mission takes on many forms. The street chaplain visits homeless persons where they are most often found, on the streets, at the shelters, motels, encampments, hospitals, nursing facilities, and the county jail. We accompany the homeless and support them by helping the unsheltered find financial assistance, housing, and medical care by connecting them with city/county programs, healthcare providers and local service organizations. We also host a Wellness Gathering that brings together the housed and those who are living on the street to share stories, prayers, and a warm meal every week.
Nick Morris, Executive Director
Nick has a B.A. from Duke University and a Master of Divinity
(M’Div) from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is the
former Multi-Cultural Minister at Good News Presbyterian Church,
a Korean American congregation based in San Francisco. His
mission work includes church planting and the creation of Project
Shelter, an ongoing effort to help the poor in Tijuana, Mexico. Nick is passionate about building "beloved" community and fostering an environment of care where everyone has a seat at the table.
The Rev. Marty Tracy, Chaplain
Rev. Tracy has a B.A. from Fordham University, a Master of Arts
from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity (M’Div) from
Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is an ordained minister and chaplain through the United Church of Christ. Rev. Tracy has broad experience providing chaplaincy support within trauma settings, hospice, and helping adults and LGBTQ youth navigating homelessness & mental health issues. As an Air Force Veteran with two tours in Afghanistan, she is proud to be supporting homeless veterans as the street chaplain.
Joy Snyder, Volunteer Coordinator
Joy has been supporting Marin's homeless since 2010 when she began volunteering as the REST Shelter Co-ordinator at First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo. She has been the volunteer coordinator with the Street Chaplaincy since September 2018. Joy was instrumental in helping TSC transition to partnering with former REST congregations in support of the Wellness Gatherings that have transitioned into warm "to-go"meals since the onst of Covid-19.
Michael Baranowski, Kitchen Manager
Michael volunteers as the Street Chaplaincy Kitchen Manager and Chef extraordinaire. He is an Elder with St Luke Presbyterian in San Rafael and has long been involved with issues of hunger on a national and local level. He pioneered the "burrito ministry"that
provides warm "to-go" meals for TSC following the onset of the pandemic. Michael has worked tirelessly, with the help of his spouse Kathleen and a small volunteer crew to produce over 5,000 burrito dinners in 2020 for those in need of a warm meal.