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 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.


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

Adults only.
Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the lottery for bed assignments. Shelter opens at 4:00 p.m.
Space limited to 50 with additional beds for homeless residents of North County.
Meals served daily.

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

Adults and families served.
Clients must be onsite by 6:00 p.m. for intake.
Space limited to 130.
Meals served daily.
There are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.

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

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 Care – The Valley Homeless Healthcare 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 volunteer opportunities in the shelters. You can also contact her about making a donation of blankets, toiletries, clean socks and underwear, or other items.