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The details are in full below, don't miss out on these two donated winter experiences. All proceeds will benefit HomeFirst's programs! Interested? Please contact CDO Stephanie Demos at

Okay...ready, set, GO!!!

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Blvd BombS Rainy BRC Coat Drive

A special thank you to San Jose's Blvd BombS for braving the rain this past Saturday and hosting a coat drive + handing out food for our guests at the BRC! We appreciate your help and partnership in ending homelessness together!

Special thanks to HomeFirst's Kenneth Rideout for assisting with the event and for being a great liaison!

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Pic: HomeFirst Volunteers and Bellarmine’s 600 Blankets!

Our fabulous Tuesday Annex volunteers are back today, ready to help sort through the 600 blankets lovingly collected by the Bellarmine College Preparatory "Coldbusters" to keep our guests warm this winter!

Thank you Linda, Liz Y., Carrie, Liz G., Mary, Charlene, Rene, Bulbul and Susan (both not pictured) for spending your Friday with us and ensuring that the blankets are sorted and ready for our shelters!


HomeFirst Veteran Housed in 35 days!!!

Anyone up for happy housing news this rainy afternoon?

Veteran Larry Clear, 70, entered the BRC shelter in late October and is now HOUSED only after 35 days, which is not only fast but so amazing!!!

"Larry is the most go-getter ever and utilized every resource and more offered to him," said Callie Gregg, HomeFirst VESP SC Outreach/Case Manager. "He really is the reason I am in this position because ANYONE can fall on hard times but with a little extra support from HomeFirst he is able to be back on his feet."

Larry worked directly with Callie, VESP Housing Specialist Jose Toledo and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Great job everyone, and congratulations Larry on your new home, going to school FT to become a substance abuse counselor and working at the VA in Palo Alto!!!


Pics: Bellarmine's Winter Blanket Drive for HomeFirst

There is literally a huge mountain of jackets stretched across our backroom that is climbable! Thank you sooooo much to the Bellarmine College Preparatory "Coldbusters" for collecting 600 jackets of all sizes to keep our guests warm this winter season!

Pictured: HomeFirst's Jaclyn Salinas and Steve Guyon unloading the blankets at the Milpitas admin office today!


Thank You for Your Support on Giving Tuesday

Our hearts are full, and we are so thankful for everyone who partnered with us to end homelessness yesterday on Giving Tuesday!

A huge shout-out to Sandi & Richard Conniff, Hy Diep, John Egan, Donna Ho, Karen Betancourt, SHAH Restaurant, Sunnyvale, Karl John Kramer, Greg Barr, Penny & John Pollock and those who donated on our Facebook page for your support all day yesterday! Your support means the world to us, and we, along with our guests, are forever grateful!

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Make the next SIX hours count today!

A very special “Thank You” to Shah Restaurant in Sunnyvale, Karl John Kramer, Greg Barr, Penny & John Pollock, and those who donated on our Facebook page for your support this afternoon on Giving Tuesday!

There's still 6 hours left to make a donation of any amount to our organization here. The form takes a few seconds (okay, maybe a minute or two) to fill out, so why not do some good while making dinner and help us end homelessness in Silicon Valley at the same time?!

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Before you go home and have a nice dinner or workout, don't forget that you have 6 hours left to partner with us on Giving Tuesday to end homelessness and make a donation of any amount to our organization here. We thank you in advance for your support today!

Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow!

While many were excited about Thanksgiving or Black Friday, we are most excited about Giving Tuesday, which is tomorrow, Nov. 27.

Giving Tuesday, which started back in 2012, is an incredibly important event for nonprofits like ours as generous (and first-time) donors plan and focus on their year-end giving. This important day has always been on the following Tuesday after Thanksgiving, hence its special moniker.

Our primary focus still remains on our homeless guests. Please consider partnering with us to end homelessness on Giving Tuesday, and make a donation of any amount to our organization here. We thank you in advance for your support!

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Pics: Pre-Thanksgiving with Thua Thien-Hue Friendship Association

Check out the hearty meals served with love for 150 guests by the Thua Thien-Hue Friendship Association last night!

Thank you again to Thua Thien-Hue Friendship Association for volunteering last night at the BRC, our guests loved having you there as they enjoyed their pre-Thanksgiving meal!

If you are interested in volunteering during the holidays as well, please click here for more details!

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Pics: Blvd BombS Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving is two days away, and we all have so much to be thankful for here at HomeFirst. We are especially thankful for the Blvd BombS for organizing and hosting a successful turkey drive at the BRC over the past weekend! 🙏

Chef Paul is preparing a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for our guests with the donated turkeys, and we'll have many volunteers spending the day with us, too!

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Turkey Drive at the BRC

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, please join Tony, Sylvia and the Blvd BombS tomorrow at the BRC as they host their yearly Turkey Drive to benefit our homeless guests.

More information is on the flyer below.

Thank you again to Tony, Sylvia and the Blvd BombS for your continuous support and generosity of our homeless guests. Chef Paul will be busy prepping wonderful turkey meals for our guests with the turkeys donated at the drive tomorrow!


Pictures from "In From the Cold" 2018

Our 9th annual “In From the Cold” 2018 fundraiser at Pivot Interiors in Santa Clara was a success!!! Thank you so much to all of our sponsors, vendors, guests and volunteers! A few pics below for you to enjoy, more to come: HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton with HomeFirst Board Member and Cisco Systems SVP Oliver Roll; Bon Appetit’s Chef Francis Tigas with IFTC event committee member Julie Cesena; Bon Appetit’s Chef Ezra; HomeFirst CFO Jim Ptak giving the Spun Chair a spin; our auction room filled with bidding wars!


VTA Recognizes Community Partner HomeFirst

Not only are we celebrating our "In From the Cold" fundraiser tonight at Pivot Interiors, Inc., BUT we are also being awarded the Community Partnership Recognition by the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting this evening as well!

“We are honored to be recognized and proud of our partnership with VTA to combat homelessness,” said HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton. “It’s vitally important that we, as a community, rise above the perception that homelessness is an issue just facing those with addiction or mental health issues. Many hard working people living in Silicon Valley are often one car payment or one house payment away from losing both,” said Urton.

Full VTA statement here.

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CEO Andrea Urton Speaks with 102.9 KBLX-FM

Thank you to 102.9 KBLX for having our CEO Andrea Urton and CDO Stephanie Demos on "Listen Up Bay Area" with Armand Carr!

Homelessness is not just an issue in San Francisco, but everywhere in Santa Clara County as well. We all need to show more dignity and respect to those who need our help.

Thank you again Armand for having this important conversation with us, and for keeping hygiene kits in your car to hand out, too!!!

Listen to the full interview below or here!

Gilroy Cold Weather Shelter Now Open

Gilroy residents, we're ready and open to help you during this cold weather season at the Armory until April 15, 2019!!!

HomeFirst had a successful grand opening yesterday with over 40 individuals and families registered to have a warm place to sleep last night.

If you're looking for place to stay in South County, please call Kenneth Rideout at 408-489-8781 to secure your spot!