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.
Catholic Charities in Santa Clara provides emergency rent assistance to people in need. There are no religious affiliations, and anyone can apply for help. There are of course conditions, such as income, financial hardship, and others. They can help people find an apartment or housing that will meet their needs, and work with landlords to ensure the housing is a good fit. (408) 468-0100
They offer other programs to help people in need. For example, they can provide grants to families to help pay utility bills, help someone find a job, even provide food aid.
County of Santa Clara 271.5500
Social Service Agency Assistance Application Center
1919 Senter Road
families (TANF), Medi-Cal and food stamps.
County of Santa Clara 793.8900
1888 Senter Road
Financial assistance for single men and women upon qualification. Rent
and move-in assistance for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
San Jose Vet Center
278 N. 2nd st
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408 993-0729
Fax: 408 993-0829
|About the San Jose Vet Center, Readjustment Counseling Services:|
|The Vet-Center program provides a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfactory post-war readjustment to civilian life. These services are provided in both English and Spanish.
Readjustment counseling services include: individual, group, and marital/family counseling; medical referrals; PTSD evaluations; alcohol & drug treatment referrals; information & referral to community resources; sexual trauma counseling; bereavement counseling; employment counseling, guidance, and referral; benefits assistance.Vet Center staff respect the privacy of all veterans. We hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in the counseling process. No information will be released to any person or agency without written consent from the client, except in circumstances averting a crises.
2115 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
The Goal of Sourcewise is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Californians: to develop community-based systems of care that provide services which support independence within California’s interdependent societies, and which protect the quality of life for older persons and persons with functional impairments; and to promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of services