Cold Weather Shelter Program

The Cold Weather Shelters were open December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

From the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of March, we open an additional site and continue year-round operation of the Boccardo Reception Center (BRC) shelter. These seasonal nightly shelters serve as a refuge from harsh winter weather conditions for homeless men, women, and families. The program is funded by the County of Santa Clara.


Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, 95125
Near “The Plant” shopping center
(408) 510-7502

Adults only. Space limited to 50 with additional beds for homeless residents of North County, and additional capacity for inclement weather as authorized by the County of Santa Clara. Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the lottery for bed assignments, and the shelter opens at 4:00 p.m. Meals served daily.

Gilroy National Guard Armory
8490 Wren Avenue Gilroy, 95020
Near Las Animas Park
(408) 712-0453

Adults and families served. Space limited to 100-130 as authorized by the National Guard and County of Santa Clara. Clients must be onsite by 6:00 p.m. for intake. Meals served daily. Note: There are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.

Sunnyvale National Guard Armory
This site is now closed. We continue to work with the County of Santa Clara and other groups to determine alternatives.

Services Offered

Meal Service – Three meals per day are offered at the Boccardo Reception Center. Dinner and breakfast are provided daily in Gilroy.

Assessment, Information, and Referral – Staff members provide appropriate information and make referrals to other services as needed.

Medical CareValley Homeless Healthcare and Gardner Health Services provide clients an array of services including basic screening, primary care, dental care, immunizations, routine acute care, medication monitoring, and referral follow-up.

Additional services – Services such as haircuts, tutoring, or special workshops are available when individuals or community groups volunteer to provide them.

Can you volunteer, provide meals, or donate goods?

Please contact Elizabeth Griswold, (408) 539-2143, to learn about volunteer opportunities in the shelters. You can also contact her about making a donation of blankets, toiletries, clean socks and underwear, or other items.