Ronald Marlette: Chief Executive Director
Ron Marlette, his wife of 20 years, Jennifer and their four children reside in Fairfield, California. Ron is a native of Fairfield and was raised here as a youth. After a long career in the "fish business", as Ron calls it, he answered the calling he had long heard and enrolled at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. He exited Multnomah Bible College in the mid-nineties, degree in hand; the new Reverend Ronald Marlette had a vision for his home, Solano County!
In 1998, after creating a partnership with Bay Area Rescue Missions in Richmond, California, Ron began to fulfill the vision of serving the homeless and underserved population of Solano County. It was a solo journey that was partnered with his faith in God, and the journey began in a donated office (by Board Chairman LeFever) on Buck Street in Vacaville.
No longer a "solo practice," Mission SOLANO has grown to 25 paid staff, numerous dedicated volunteers, and a campus on Travis Boulevard in Fairfield. Mission SOLANO has served over 75,000 guests since its' founding in 1998, plus numerous others with distribution of food, clothing, warmth, love and all modalities of human social needs. Mission SOLANO became autonomous in 2002. National attention has been received by Mission SOLANO and its creation of the concept of Nomadic Sheltering. With the gracious and kind support of participating local churches, our guests, the homeless of Solano County, are transported to local supporting churches by our bus for feeding and overnight shelter from the elements. These church partners are truly a blessing to us and the homeless. Nomadic Sheltering would not be possible without their devoted efforts and generosity!
The vision for the homeless in Solano County continues, and Mission SOLANO is planning a new campus in the Fairfield area to more effectively serve the homeless of Solano County. We will increase our abilities to serve about 180 guests nightly, up considerably from out present nightly capacity of 50.
Although some local government support is gratefully acknowledged, the work is dependent upon the generous donations of individuals and businesses like yours.
Raymond Courtemanche: Chief Program Officer
I was born in Fitchburg, MA. I moved to California with my father at age 15. I graduated in 1986 From Fairfield High School, Fairfield, CA, and operated various sole proprietorship businesses. In 1999-2000, I attended Pharmatox School for Behavioral Health Studies. From 2001-2005, I researched Biblical/Behavioral Health Studies, and became certified as a counselor with the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. In 2007 I was licensed and ordained as a Non-denominational Minister. I am a founding Board Member for Solano County Reentry Council. I am the Chairperson for the Vallejo/Solano County Continuum of Care. Currently I am attending the University of Phoenix, working on my degree in Business Management.
Work experience: 1998-Present: I have the privilege of being one of the first volunteers to work with Mission Solano, and have served in a variety of capacities. Currently my position is Chief Programs Officer. I work under the general supervision of the Chief Operation Officer, who outlines key policies, program objectives, and results to be attained. I administer the service, maintenance, and facilitation of the operations in compliance with Mission Solano policies and governmental bureaus. During this period, I also worked with the Star House Treatment Center in Fairfield, CA. I performed intake and assessment for inpatient/outpatient clients with the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), was a group facilitator and outpatient client case manager. Prior to this, I worked with Pharmatox Methadone Clinic, Fairfield, CA as a part-time chemical dependency counselor that provided methadone model of treatment services. I led one-on-one and group meetings for clients. Prior to these activities, I was sole proprietor of a trucking company, thrift store, and consignment & coffee shop.
Family, personal experience & objectives:
I am in love with my wife Teresa and family: two daughters; Briana 21 and Tea-Rae 16. Sadly, we lost our 22 year old son Matt, who was senselessly murdered in September of 2008. We miss him and cherish the amazing memories we have from his life. My family established The Matt Garcia Foundation to “Keep the Dream Alive” in his memory. This has been a tough season for our family, but we believe that God’s promises have continued to sustain us!
I am an active member in my community. I believe that my life’s experiences will help me assist others to reach their personal objectives. Our family has our home in Fairfield, CA, and is members of Parkway Community Church. I look forward to the opportunity to face the challenges in front of me. My personal objective is to align myself with leaders that really believe they have the capacity to offer change to the world that we live in.
I enjoy long distance marathon running. I am training for a 50K Trail Run. My personal mission statement: “To facilitate behavioral change from self to purpose.” My desire is to provide HOPE to people’s lives. H.O.P.E. has been defined as: Helping-Other-People-Escape—From Self to Purpose.
My favorite Bible verse is John 1:12, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.” (NIV)
Donate and Support
Safe and secure! Only $1.79 provides a nourishing meal for one hungry person.
To mail your check, address it to Mission Solano, P.O. Box 8, Fairfield, CA 94533
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Mission Solano relies on volunteer support. Calling all coordinators, bus drivers and big-hearted people!