We believe that to effectively address homelessness we need compassionate and innovative leadership, paired with collaboration among social service agencies, government agencies, individual communities, and the private sector. By educating individuals we can change perceptions of the homeless and low-income people living in our communities. As one of our Team Members has said, what we’re doing is a “win-win-win” scenario: the Team Member wins, the environment wins and the community wins – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Through our Award-Winning Work-First Model, we provide homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. First, they volunteer on one of our teams and begin working collaboratively on beautification projects. In return, they receive a stipend in gift cards to help cover their basic needs, while taking advantage of our case management and employment services to find housing and a job. Our ultimate goal is to find our Team Members employment because having a job restores hope and opens the door to countless opportunities. Our model is structured to be a one-year transitional program into permanent housing and employment. In short, our vision is to end homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Through volunteering on one of our teams, men and women are prepared for permanent employment and housing.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIBRARY
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
SATURDAYS at 10:15 AM (or as close as possible)
Second Saturday of each month
Socks and underwear
Last Saturday of each month
Other clothing items sometimes available
There’s a great need for provision for the poor. Though many organizations generously offer assistance, their pantries are often stocked with sub-par food that most of us wouldn’t buy for our own tables. We’re convicted that we’re called to do better.
Jesus said God is inviting us to a banquet. The Crossroads Bible Church downtown outreach tries to reflect that in some small way by offering those in need hearty, healthy sandwiches, generous with fresh ingredients.
People in need are often given no choice about what they’re served, so we offer a variety: turkey hummus, turkey Dijon, ham apple hummus, ham and pineapple, and veggie. Sandwiches are layered with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and mushrooms served on multi-grain bread. Hummus — usually made in our own kitchen — is offered as a reprieve from peanut butter, the food pantry staple for vegetarians.
As we distribute the sandwiches, Bibles, water, and hygiene kits, we aim to make each exchange singular and offer genuine care. We know that God set the standard for loving one another, and it’s a privilege to reflect that to our guests.
Who is HomeFirst: You can check them out on FACEBOOK
Formerly EHC LifeBuilders, HomeFirst has been helping the homeless in Santa Clara County since 1980. We serve individuals, veterans, families with children, and youth at eight sites. In nearly 35 years of working with the homeless, we’ve learned that everyone has the potential to get housed and stay housed. We focus on successful “Housing First” strategies where we get people into their own homes as quickly as possible and then support them so they can stay housed permanently.
Call (408) 539-2100 and select option 1 if you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or know someone who is, or if you’d like more information on how one of our programs can help you. You can also click this link for more information or call the Santa Clara County shelter hotline (1-800-774-3583) for pre-recorded information in English and Spanish on shelter availability for single men and women, families, and youth. Our services for adults and our shelter are located at the Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose. You can take bus lines #66 or #68 and exit at Curtner Avenue Monterey Road. The BRC is also within walking distance of the Curtner Light Rail Station.
PHP increases the quality of life for our most vulnerable by providing services, resources and support for children with special needs, their families, and caregivers. Call 408-727-5775.
PHP helps families who have children of any age with special needs. PHP’s family resource and service staff field calls from families having children from infancy through their child’s adulthood into their 50’s and 60’s! It is never too late to call PHP! Adult siblings who have responsibility for the care of their sibling with a disability call PHP too.
If you need help with this website: http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/ssa/
Benefits Assistance Center (BAC)
1867 Senter Rd.
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 758-4689; TTY (408) 758-3822
(408) 758-3600; TTY: (408) 792-1608
Community Based Organizations
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
2625 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: (408) 325-5194
EHC LifeBuilders – Boccardo Regional Reception Center
2011 Little Orchard St
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: (408) 539-2170
Gilroy: Health Benefits Resource Center
Saint Louise Regional Hospital
9400 No Name Uno, Suite 135
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 1 (408) 848-4948
Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5:00pm
Languages Available (English and Spanish)
San Jose: Health Benefits Resource Center
2105 Forest Avenue, Suite 119
San Jose, Ca. 95128
Toll Free Number: 1 (877) 904-4272
Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5:00pm
Languages Available (English, Spanish, Vietnamese)
InnVision Georgia Travis Center
297 Commercial Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 453-3124
Sacred Heart Community Service
1381 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Second Harvest Food Bank
750 Curtner Avenue
Phone: (408) 266-8866
Fax: (408) 266-9042
Business Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Sunnyvale Community Services 725 Kifer Road (between Wolfe and Fair Oaks) Sunnyvale, CA 94086 map it ›
For two weeks every holiday season our busy warehouse turns into a virtual North Pole with new toys, gifts, and food available for Sunnyvale neighbors in need.
Every year approximately 1,500 families are able to “shop” at our brightly decorated warehouse for two weeks worth of food for the holidays, along with new toys and gifts for infants through teens, plus a household gift to brighten the holidays for the whole family.
Sunnyvale Community Services can assist people facing a temporary crisis. Examples of just some of the services available for qualified members of the community are below. The main office is at 725 Kifer Road. Dial 408-738-4321.
- The non-profit agency can offer emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, so possible rent help.
- Food and clothes may be available to prevent hunger for low-income families, the working poor, children and seniors.
- Look into financial assistance to prevent utility disconnections, evictions, to pay medical, prescriptions, and other critical bills.
- Help is offered for seniors in Santa Clara that are facing problems of finances, health, housing, and isolation. For example work with staff on securing medical and financial assistance case monitoring, arranging for appropriate services and more.
- There is also a seasonal Community Christmas Center, in which clients select new gifts for infants through teens, a two-week supply of food, and a household gift for every family member.