Offering new beginnings for men and veterans who have been incarcerated, or recovering from drug addiction.

Our Services include Transitional Housing, Re-entry Support, Addiction Recovery, and Computer Classes
Image of men in living room of Retraining The Village Residential Recovery home in East Palo Alto, California

The organization is centered around rekindling
the feeling of hoping for the best, and inviting hope for a brighter future.

Transitional Housing

Retraining the Village offers transitional housing for homeless veterans, previously incarcerated men, and individuals recovering from opioid addiction. It has transitional houses located in East Palo Alto and Madera, California.

Men sitting in living room of Retraining the Village Residential Recovery Residence

In addition to housing,

we also provide

Meals & Shower

Job Preparedness

man smiling while standing under the JobTrain logo on a wall

Mental & Behavioral Health

We recently opened up another transitional housing center in East Palo Alto in August 2020. We are excited to have a new classroom and additional job training and computer training courses for our clients!

Jacob Kemnec

Site Director, VRC – Menlo Park, CA

“I am truly inspired by the work you have done and your vision for the future of your program. I know that you will have a lasting impact on our community!”

Richard is a veteran and one of our former clients!

Through the Retraining the Village program, he was able to get his own permanent housing and has been
independently living in his first apartment for the past 4 years.

H.O.M.E Program

(Helping Our Men Excel) utilizes the 4 roots” of our life: School, Work, Home, and Church

The H.O.M.E. re-entry program receives referrals from probation officers, treatment facilities, the Department of Corrections, San Mateo County of Health, and word of mouth.

The recovery action plan includes:


A financial management course


Peer support and in-house community meetings 


Finding a primary medical care provider and completing a Medicaid application


Substance use disorder treatment and long-term recovery supports


Mentorship with members of the community who have recovered from substance use


Communication with probation officers, bi-monthly meetings with probation officers.

Art Taylor

Chief Program Officer

“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative opportunity to transform the lives of individuals returning from Bay Area prisons and county jails (AB 109). This letter demonstrates my full support of the RTV Reentry Program and commitment to continue supporting the achievement of the proposed outcomes.”

Harry is one of our former re-entry clients!

With the support of the RTV program, he was able to get a job at the local Garden Supermarket and continues to pursue his passion of mentoring and training youth in basketball.

NBC Bay Area article on Harry’s Story

Regaining Hope Through Fresh, New Beginnings

Addiction Recovery

Back To Basics is a Residential Medication Assistance Therapy Program for individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD)

Back to Basics offers a pet-friendly residential peer recovery program for individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD), or a stimulant use disorder.

Providing ‘whole-patient’ approach


MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)


Back to Basics Residential Medication Assistance Therapy


Pet-Friendly Recovery Therapy


offers courses on using computers, Gmail, Google Drive, and more.