It's been a busy month at the Seven Trees Community Center shelter for displaced flood victims. We are fortunate to have a strong partner in the City of San José, particularly the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, and Housing Department, to ensure high quality services. We've also been in daily contact with Mayor Sam Liccardo's office.
Some operational updates include: We hired three security guards per shift for 24-hour inside, outside and parking lot patrols; We’ve limited access for security to one single entrance with all alternate doors locked and alarmed all day and all night; Varied and culturally appropriate meals along with hourly snacks; Weekly visits from Valley Medical Center's backpack medicine program; Housing referrals through Catholic Charities; A donation annex with daily distribution of clothing and linens; and The redirection of long-term homeless guests affected by the flood to appropriate shelter facilities with appropriate services and case management.
We have plenty of clothes, yet still need your assistance in this effort. Urgent needs include the following items and are now posted on our online wish list below.
- Volunteers to provide and serve meals throughout the week
- Men’s & Women’s Underwear (small & medium sizes)
- New Flip Flops (adults & kids for showers)
- Boy’s School Uniforms (please contact us first)
- New Blankets, Pillows, Toiletries, and Laundry Pods (hypoallergenic)
- Women’s Ankle Socks
If you have questions, please contact us at one of the emails below. If you are unable to volunteer or donate items, please consider a gift of cash, stock or donate online to assist in our efforts. Donations of wish list items should be made at the Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, and our Administrative Office, 507 Valley Way, Milpitas from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, M-F (map below).
HomeFirst - Boccardo Reception Center
HomeFirst - Administrative Office
If you have been impacted by the flood and are in need of immediate or long-term assistance, please refer to resources at the City of San José's Emergency Services website.
*Note: HomeFirst will be updating this post as needs for the shelter change