About us

We are a transitional housing service in Central and Northern California

People are empowered and transformed through the efforts of the village.

New Staff at Retraining the Village nonprofit

Our Values




Personal Service

Our Mission


the possiblities of change by becoming stabilized in a home-like environment


positive behavioral conduct


mindsets to employment, permanent housing, family reunification, and independence.

“It takes a village to change one person at a time”

Halley Crumb

Founder & CEO at Retraining the village

Halley Crumb wearing a black dress and pearl necklace with long black hair

Retraining the Village began in the heart of it’s Founder,
Halley Crumb, in 2014

As a Medical Technologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Halley had the opportunity to work closely with homeless veterans for over 10 years. During her time at the VA, she recognized that many of the veterans whom she was serving were not only facing dual-diagnosis, but also homelessness. Halley noticed that their will to live and desire for a better lifestyle had gone to the wayside.This attitude was similar to the one that she had witnessed among homeless individuals in her own community.

Halley founded Retraining the Village in 2014 to serve as the bridge between homelessness and permanent housing

for veterans, the homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families.

The organization provides transitional housing, career training, and mental & behavioral health support for people in the community, guiding individuals to reach milestones and thrive.

Halley believes that helping all homeless individuals should begin with genuine concern and a kind gesture. The organization is centered around rekindling the feeling of hoping for the best, and inviting hope for a brighter future. Through Retraining the Village’s actions of caring and support, seeds of hope were emerging in the community!

Halley Crumb, a visionary with a heart so pure,

Devoted to making her community safe and secure.

Founder and CEO, her mission is clear,

To change lives and wipe away every tear.

Poem About Retraining the Village and Founder, Halley Crumb

by Quinn Cory Martin

Image of Quinn Cory Martin with black mustache and beard, wearing a green tshirt

Quinn Cory Martin

Client at Retraining The Village

Meet our team

Halley Crumb

Halley Crumb

Founder and CEO

Longtime resident of East Palo Alto and San Mateo, Halley founded RTV in 2014 after retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Suresh Nair

Suresh Nair


Suresh has been in the banking industry since 2006, and is currently Vice President and Banking Center Manager at Comerica Bank

Theresa Johnson

Theresa Johnson


Theresa is a CCAPP drug counselor and a Mental Health Specialist who has over 20 years of experience in counseling.

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