Thursday: 49ers' Dennis Brown to give keynote at InnVision benefit breakfast


When Bay Area residents think of Dennis Brown, they likely picture the former defensive end of the 49ers. They probably don't know that he has been homeless. Attendees at the InnVision Shelter Network's 2015 benefit breakfast will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Brown's personal story of overcoming homelessness, which will be told in conversation with "voice of the 49ers" and NBC Sportscaster Ted Robinson.

The 2015 benefit breakfast will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (1333 Bayshore Highway) in Burlingame.

The Menlo Park-based InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) provides housing and supportive services for homeless families at 17 sites on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley, including the Haven Family House in Menlo Park (260 Van Buren Road), which supports 23 families.

According to Carolyn Hooper, marketing and communications manager at InnVision Shelter Network, the face of homelessness is changing in Silicon Valley. Approximately half of the families in IVSN programs arrive with a head of household who has one or two jobs, and at least one-third of the people the organization serves are veterans, she said. The shelter network is also seeing increasing numbers of homeless seniors, many of whom experience health challenges.

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