Ending homelessness

Building kits with Splunk!

HomeFirst CDO Stephanie Demos spent the afternoon yesterday with Splunk’s International Finance team assembling kits for our clients, which included men’s and women's sweats, socks, underwear and more, as well as water and snack kits. Every kit includes a note of encouragement.

Thank you Splunk for volunteering to put together these very important kits that our Outreach team brings to the field each day!

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Navy Veteran Housed on Valentine's Day!

Navy Veteran Robin was housed last week on Valentine's Day! Here he is pictured at the BRC, ready to leave with his keys and move-in kit. Robin served in the Navy from 1957 to 1966.

According to Callie Gregg, HomeFirst VESP SC Outreach/Case manager, Robin made people smile and laugh. "He made sure any new veteran that came to HomeFirst would be welcomed warmly," shared Callie, who helped house Robin in three months with the help of Jose Toledo, HomeFirst VESP Housing Specialist.

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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: HomeFirst CCP Helping During 2019 Point-In-Time Count

Lenae, Mary, and Ilene from our Care Coordination Project (or CCP) program volunteered for the 4 a.m. shifts during the 2019 Point-In-Time-Count. They were featured on ABC7 News, and we thank all of our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers for braving the cold on both days to help accurately count those living on the streets.

The Point-In-Time count is so important and vital to ensuring that Santa Clara County receives its fair share of resources needed to end homelessness.

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MILPITAS YOUTH HELP HOMEFIRST AGAIN

We received another lovely visit this Friday afternoon from Rancho Milpitas Middle School.

Thank you to 8th graders James (pictured), Willy, Isabella and Morgen for putting together much-needed hygiene kits for our homeless guests.

James and his friends included a range of items from deodorant, floss, small towels, mouthwash and lotion in their kits.

Thank you also to Ms. Victoria Salcedo for teaching the importance of community service, and for requiring a service learning project in her 8th grade English class.

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YOUNG MILPITANS FOR THE COMMUNITY

We received another wonderful visit from Rancho Milpitas Middle School this afternoon!

Thank you to 8th graders Jonathan and Janpreet for researching, and choosing HomeFirst as part of your community service project. We appreciate the kits you both put together, which included bags of snacks, water bottles, soap, deodorant and more for our homeless guests.

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Pics: Sunnyvale’s Holiday Party

GIVING BACK: Thank you to Sarah J., a longtime HomeFirst supporter, for generously thinking of our Sunnyvale shelter, and hosting a wonderful Christmas party for our guests. A good time was clearly had by all, especially the kids!

Thank you also to Santa Clara County Board President Joe Simitian for distributing holiday cards and gift cards at our Sunnyvale and Mountain View shelters!

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Thank You For Your Support This Year!

Thank you to every one of you for your support this year, we couldn't have done it without all of your generous donations and time volunteering at our shelters! We have great things planned for 2019, including the Bridge Housing Communities in Districts 3 and 4 in San Jose, and our commitment to ending homelessness in Silicon Valley remains strong!

To make your gifts count for the 2018 tax year and make one last end-of-year contribution to help our mission to end homelessness, please click here.

See you in 2019!!!

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Pics: Santa visits the Gilroy Shelter

Santa made a very nice stop by the Gilroy shelter a few days ago ago to bring Christmas cheer to all of our guests!

A special "Thank You" again to Margie, Jose and California Inspirations Catering for the delicious food and socks/blankets you provided our South County guests this holiday season.

Photos by HomeFirst’s Kenneth Rideout and California Inspirations Catering.

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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!

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APPROVED! Bridge Housing Communities coming to San Jose!

GREAT NEWS TODAY! San Jose's City Council voted 10-1 approving two Bridge Housing Communities that will house an estimated 320 homeless individuals!

More information to come, and we are so thrilled to be working on this important + necessary project with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Sam Liccardo, and Districts 3 + 7, and the City of San Jose!

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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Pic: Toys from the Rallye Club of Silicon Valley

THE GIFTS KEEP COMING IN TONIGHT: Thank you so much to Darin McGrew and the Rallye Club of Silicon Valley for dropping off brand new toys and a check for the kids staying in our shelters! We appreciate your donations, and can't wait to see the smiles on our young guests' faces when they get to pick a new toy for the holidays!

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Pic: Trustee Help stops by HomeFirst

From San Francisco to Milpitas and back to San Francisco: Cari Hays, founder and president of Trustee Help, Inc., is a busy woman, but that didn't stop her from dropping off a new blender, lamps, some pots and pans, flatware, and cutlery, all donated from a generous estate she's working with in San Francisco.

Thank you Cari, Cherrie and Trustee Help for your call, these items will be great for our move-in kits and shelters!

Also, a friendly note to other nonprofits, Trustee Help has a Wish List page if you need anything, contact them here ---> trusteehelp.com/non-monetary-donations/

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Pics: Cali and Will’s 50 new backpacks for HomeFirst

A special THANK YOU to Cali and Will of Smittenkiss LLC for dropping off 50 new backpacks, which included new beanies, fleece blankets, socks and a sweet hand-written holiday note for the youth staying with us!

Cali and Will teamed up with Vo Floral Design and DJ Hau of D'Lux Events to put this wonderful donation together. Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity, and for thinking of HomeFirst, the kids are going to love this gift!!!

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HomeFirst’s Youngest (and Most Adorable) Donor

SO GIVING ALREADY: To celebrate their son Tin's first birthday, John and Ian donated $200 to HomeFirst!

Let's all wish Tin a "HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!" We can't wait until Tin is old enough to start volunteering with us, too!!!

Thank you again so much to Tin, John and Ian for partnering with us to end homelessness in Silicon Valley!

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Shop for a Good Cause!

Who's ready to shop for a good cause? (Hint: You!)

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 SDemos@homefirstscc.org.

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

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