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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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Latest Bridge Housing Communities Memorandum

San Jose's Housing Department released its memorandum and recommendations for the Bridge Housing Communities project to be discussed at the City Council meeting next Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

HomeFirst is the service provider for the Bridge Housing Project – which under the auspices of the City of San Jose will provide a site with 40 sleeping individual units built by Habitat for Humanity with a complementary mixed-use common area including laundry, bathroom/shower facilities and kitchen services. The 40 residents per site will be individual adults already working or with a viable work history making them employable.

Please click here to read the full memorandum.

Sneak peek inside: HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and Board Chair Scott Lefaver helped unveil the BHC prototype on Monday, Dec. 10 with San Jose Mayor  Sam Liccardo , Director of Housing Jacky Morales-Ferrand and  Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley  CEO Janice Jensen. (Photo by Sam Liccardo)

Sneak peek inside: HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and Board Chair Scott Lefaver helped unveil the BHC prototype on Monday, Dec. 10 with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Director of Housing Jacky Morales-Ferrand and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley CEO Janice Jensen. (Photo by Sam Liccardo)

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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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!!!

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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!

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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: 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!

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Homeless Pet Owners need YOUR help!

Pet lovers and friends, please support HomeFirst and Vets for Healthy Pets by donating supplies and money to support our homeless pet owners!

The Humane Society Silicon Valley will also be providing free spay/neuter services at the San Jose Animal Care Center.

We'll see you there on Sat., Sept. 29 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

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Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

After becoming homeless with her husband and two daughters in 2014, Stephanny found support at the Boccardo Family Living Center (BFLC). Living with family members and in crowded rooms was especially difficult for the young girls.  At the BFLC, her daughter learned to crawl and the family received financial education.