After 43 years on Ritter Street, we’re moving to a new home in 2024 at 800 A Street, San Rafael. The new building will expand our services to meet the evolving needs of our community’s most vulnerable people.
What’s the Need? Marin’s 2022 Point-in-Time Count . . .
increase in chronic homelessness since 2019.
increase in family homelessness in the last three years.
families & 1,200 individuals experiencing homelessness had unmet needs.
A New Home
After 43 years of providing high-quality, culturally sensitive, and easily accessible medical care and social services at 16 Ritter Street, Ritter Center is renovating and moving to 800 A Street in San Rafael. The new Center will be an environment that reflects Ritter’s commitment to and respect for its clients and enable it to continue evolving with the needs of Marin County’s vulnerable children, families, seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness and economic insecurity.
This is the most ambitious and transformative project in Ritter Center’s history, with a total cost of $14.5M, for which Ritter’s Campaign Cabinet is raising $6M through its Building Hope, Healing Lives Capital Campaign. Ritter Center has bought and now owns the building at 800 A Street and to date, $3,224,500 has been secured for the renovations. We hope to exceed this goal and cover the entire renovation and building purchase.
Benefits of a New Center
Ritter Center now owns the building at 800 A Street and will be renovating the interior to help provide the very best services to meet the varied physical, mental, and social support needs of our clients and patients.
A calm, inviting reception and large waiting area will be stocked with refreshments and TV’s and staff will be on hand to welcome and guide all clients and patients to their appointments.
Storage for twice as much inventory, a walk-in cooler/freezer, a dedicated entrance, two walk-up windows, space for 10 households to line up inside, and a large workspace for staff and volunteers.
Medical Team Room
A dedicated Medical Team shared office space will enable the team to provide better coordinated care for patients. Double the number of medical exam rooms and modern healthcare equipment will allow our teams to see more people and help with more of their problems.
This new facility will solve many of our current problems that come with maintaining an older, leased building and not having enough space for staff to do their work and patients and clients to access services comfortably.
Standing at nearly 14,000 sq. ft., the new Center will have:
- twice as many medical exam rooms;
- modern healthcare equipment;
- confidential behavioral health rooms;
- a lab for on-site testing;
- a treatment room for minor procedures;
- a meditation and lactation room;
- off-street parking & EV charging infrastructure;
- large, interior waiting rooms;
- a medical team room;
- and a food pantry that’s double the size of the current pantry.
Ritter Center will be able to:
- serve more clients;
- add services (like pediatrics, women’s health, or supportive employment);
- unite their staff under one roof;
- and queue pantry and clinic visitors inside
Ritter Center’s new home will also be centrally located with neighboring partners, including St. Vinnie’s, the Center for Domestic Peace, and Vivalon’s Healthy Aging Campus, which is adjacent to the food pantry, all providing complementary programs and within walking distance for residents on a fixed income.
Capital Campaign Cabinet
Special thanks to the members of our Capital Campaign Cabinet who are helping to lead the path to our new home.
Kate Smith, Chair | Ann Batman | Debra Delaney | Carole Farrer, JD | Romny French | Jessica Hansen | Robert A. McCaskill | David Neagle | Stephanie Plexico | Mark Shotwell | Danielle Walker