Cold Weather Shelter Program

This year the Cold Weather Shelters are open December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

From the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of March, we open additional sites 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.


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

Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the lottery for bed assignments.
Space limited to 50. Adults only.
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

Clients must be onsite by 6:00 p.m. for intake.
Space limited to 100. Adults and families served.
There are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.
Meals served daily.

Sunnyvale National Guard Armory
This site is now closed. We are working with the County of Santa Clara to determine another location for the 2014-2015 cold weather season.

Services Offered

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

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

Medical Care – The Valley Homeless Health-Care Program provides 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 current volunteer opportunities in the shelters. You can also contact Elizabeth about making a donation of blankets, toiletries, clean socks and underwear, or other items.