Boccardo Reception Center

MORE PICS: Unveiling of BRC shelter guest restrooms and shower

It’s been a week since we officially unveiled the new BRC shelter guest rooms and shower, and wanted to share more pictures from the renovation. Check out the before and after below and here, too.

Doesn’t it look so amazing?!

We are so thankful for everyone involved in this pro bono renovation, especially Cheryl at HomeAid Northern California, Michelle at Hallmark Building and Design, Jeff at Pulte Construction and Anson at XL Construction.

Thank you again so much for your generosity, hard work and thoughtfulness! We, including our guests, are forever grateful!

“Before” the renovation.

“Before” the renovation.

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Video: 2019 Santa Clara County Homeless Memorial

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."
-Antonio Porchia

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the annual Santa Clara County Memorial Service on Feb. 13 to honor and remember the 158 men, women, and children who died while homeless in 2018.

Let us all not give up on the fight to end homelessness together.

Pic: 600 handmade knitted caps for HomeFirst guests

Thank you to Alpana and friends of Cozy Cap Campaign for stopping by our Milpitas office with over 450 new and handmade knitted caps to keep our women, men, and children warm this season!

Alpana came up with the idea of knitting caps for our guests when she attended a meeting about the homeless in Sunnyvale last August. She connected with a HomeFirst representative, and now also wants to teach knitting classes at the BRC in San Jose.

The Cozy Cap Campaign has donated a total of over 600 knitted caps to HomeFirst! Thank you again to Alpana and friends for all of your continuous support!


Pics: SJ Mayor Liccardo Serving Christmas Eve dinner at the BRC

HAPPENING NOW: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and his wife Jessica serving Christmas Eve dinner meals to our guests at the BRC with HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and friends.

Thank you to the Liccardos, our awesome volunteers and Chefs Paul and Sam for making this a special and festive Christmas Eve to remember!

Also, don't forget to check out Telemundo 48's live broadcast from the BRC tonight at 6p!


Update: BRC to get much-needed renovations

We are so excited and grateful for an upcoming remodel of the Boccardo Reception Center bathrooms. XL Construction—as well as HomeAid Northern California, Pulte Homes, and Hallmark Building & Development—have generously contributed to the renovation project, which will be a much-needed improvement to our restroom facilities, including making them ADA compliant!

We are in awe of the commitment and heart of community partners like these!

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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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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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