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.
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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.
Sacred Heart Community Service is another leading non-profit agency that provides essential services to low income families and individuals. Get access to food baskets, infant formula, diapers, sack lunches, gently used clothing, rental and housing assistance, and information and referral services to California and federal government programs, such as Section 8 housing.
- Food assistance is offered from the emergency supplement. Each customer of the agency can get, as resources allow, a grocery bag of nonperishable items, produce, meat product, eggs, a loaf of bread, and more. Free holiday meals may be offered too.
- A Clothes Closet is in Santa Clara. It allows people to browse and “shop”, free of charge for the items they need, including school or professional work attire.
- Apply to the Utility Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, at Sacred Heart. This is a federal government funded program that helps low-income households with paying their home energy bills. It operates both during the winter and can help with summer air conditioning bills. Also get assistance in weatherizing your home and making energy-related home repairs to it.
- Education is a focus of Sacred Heart Community Service. The location wants to educate the entire family and build a culture of academic success. The non-profit will offer classes and workshops in Santa Clara County to low-income families in Spanish and English, English as a Second Language, nutrition, GED training and more.
- Financial education is available. This can include financial workshops, Credit improvement, personal financial coaching, and savings options and development account referrals.
- Job programs include vocational coaching and placement. Work with a case manager at a job search center. Sign up for resume writing classes, Interview preparation and access a number of job development and placement services in Santa Clara County. Together you can break the cycle of poverty through asset development, credit improvement, financial coaching, and job placement.
- The agency will advocate for policy change to fight predatory lending practices and to improve access to government and public benefits.
- Other services available include programs for children under the age of 5, emergency domestic violence intervention, leadership classes and more.
Work with a case manager applying for Public Benefits, both federal government and state of California. This includes food stamps, Medical, health insurance, utility assistance, WIC, low income housing and more. You can learn about the process and get support to ensure you are treated fairly by the system.
Sacred Heart Community Service offers many other resources. Stop by or call them at 1381 South First St., San José, California 95110. Telephone (408) 278-2160.
Salvation Army of Santa Clara County provides low income, the unemployed, elderly and others with a wide variety of emergency help for bills. Get access to assistance services that can pay your rent, offer one time housing payments, funds for utility bills, and free food. (408) 282-1165
This branch of the Salvation Army serves the needy and low income in the entire Silicon Valley region. While they may have some emergency financial assistance, the charity will really focus on offering holiday programs, free food, meals, senior housing, and homeless prevention.