Best Elder Services in Marin

A lot of franchised assisted living homes don’t have the best of reputations, but in Marin, there are more than a few local organizations dedicated to elder care in far more helpful and personal ways. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Vivalon (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Elder Services picks see below.

Our 2023 Philanthropy category sponsor is Chambers + Chambers.

We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.

Southern | Central | Northern

Southern Marin

Marin Home Care


Locally owned and operated, Marin Home Care stands in opposition to large franchise senior home providers. Their focus allows them to truly get to know those they care for, forming bonds with each person to make sure that they’re providing exactly what each individual needs.

1640 Tiburon Blvd #16, Belvedere-Tiburon, 415.712.1917

Central Marin

St. Vincent de Paul Society

San Rafael

St. Vincent de Paul provides compassionate, individualized assistance to help our most vulnerable neighbors obtain nutritious food, affordable housing, meaningful employment, and a voice in our community. Their crisis assistance programs have grown to support over 8,000 people annually, including housing Marin’s chronically homeless and those who are precariously housed.

820 B Street, San Rafael, 415.454.3303


San Rafael

Between its historic Whistlestop program that provides rides for the elderly and disabled, and the Meals On Wheels food-delivery service, Vivalon has more than proven its commitment to putting active and healthy living first and foremost. They also have their popular Jackson Cafe, which offers affordable and accessible meals for all.

999 Third St., San Rafael, 415.456.9062

Northern Marin

Homeward Bound


Homeward Bound is all about housing first. Their extensive network of homeless shelters and programs to help people recover from the stress of homelessness are among the best in Marin. Additionally, they operate Oma Village, a supportive housing program run by Homeward Bound that helps get people back on their feet.

1385 N Hamilton Pkwy, Novato, 415.382.3363


Chambers + Chambers Architects: 2023 Best of the County Philanthropy

Focused primarily on custom residential and interior design services, Chambers + Chambers is a boutique architectural practice in Mill Valley. Understated elegance, richness in color and texture and classical detailing are signature elements of Barbara Chamber’s award-winning designs.

What got you interested in philanthropy?
Giving is an expression of spiritual gratitude that makes the world a better place for everyone. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for children and so I’m compelled to give to those organizations.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Tribe Rising India is working to lift the Santal tribe out of abject poverty through education. By building the first-ever high school dedicated to Santals, they are overcoming caste prejudice and creating generational change. 
Why is it important for someone to give?
I believe our gifts are meant to be shared. When we do, we change individual lives and also impact our world.