cold weather shelter program

Photo : Michelle Le, Mountain View Voice:    A respite from the cold

Photo: Michelle Le, Mountain View Voice: A respite from the cold

In June 2016, HomeFirst was awarded a five-year contract through the Office of Supportive Housing of Santa Clara County to run the Cold Weather Shelter Program (CWSP) for North and South Santa Clara County. This year, we operated the CWSP at the National Guard Armory in Gilroy and a new permanent location in the City of Sunnyvale. The City of San José again contracted with HomeFirst to operate four unique shelters - the Overnight Warming Locations, each with capacity of up to 30 beds per night. When an Inclement Weather Episode was called, the capacity for the Boccardo Reception Center increased to 350 total beds for adults. In March HomeFirst was also chosen by the City to take over operation of the Seven Trees Community Center shelter for San Jose flood victims.

This winter was particularly cold and wet, with nine weather incidents called as of mid-February. The result was a sharp increase in the number of people served, with more than 700 additional guests. This program is a community effort. We want to thank everyone who donated supplies, food, money, and time to help keep this program running. 

a Very Special thanks to

The County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing for primary funding and program support; The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the City and citizens of Sunnyvale for the Sunnyvale shelter; Our partners at the National Guard Armory in Gilroy and their state office in Sacramento; The City of San José for funding overnight warming locations and Seven Trees Community Center shelter for flood victims; Our nonprofit partners, including Sunnyvale Community Services, Community Solutions, Downtown Streets Team, Gilroy Compassion Center, St. Josephs Family Center, West Valley Community Services, Police & Fire Departments from Gilroy, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and many others.  

volunteers & donors


AT&T Pioneers

Ray & Alice Babcock

Janice Bremis

Beautiful Day

Theresia Binder

Blvd BombS

Shirley Bolger

Californina Drywall Company

Campbell 7th Day Adventist Church

Campbell/San Jose West Rotary


Chinmaya Mission

Church of the Resurrection

Church on the Hill


Community Seva

Comunidad Cristiana

Crosspoint Church of Silicon Valley

Michele Culberson

Downtown Streets Team

Becky Durstensfeld


Emmanuel Church

Episcopal Church of Almaden

Family Giving Tree

Jayal Fernando

Field Innovation Team

First Baptist Church

Fletcher Family

Fremont Gurdwara

Garden City Church

Giac Minh Pagoda

Gilroy First Baptist Church

Gilroy United Methodist Church


Girl Scouts

Luann Hahn

Annette Hancock

Highway Community Church

Holy Spirit Church

HomeAid of Northern California

Hunger at Home

K & K Foundation

Kang Family

Andrea Katz

Keller Williams

Korean Catholic Mission

Huong Le

Nena Lehane

Loaves & Fishes

Martha's Kitchen


Carmen McHugh

Menlo Church

Mission Santa Clara

Morgan Hill Latter Day Saints 

Morgan Hill Methodist Church

Morrison & Foerster

Mountain View Parent Nursery School

Judy Murillo

Muslim Community Association

My New Red Shoes


New Life Covenant Fellowship

Thuan Ngoc Group

Our Daily Bread

Nancy Pham Family

Teresa Peter Group

Kathy Pompili

Quan the AM Temple

River of Life Foundation Church

Rosanne Reed

Rossana Rivelini

Sai Baba of Shirdi

Salvation Army

San Francisco 49ers

Sant Asharam Bapuji Ashram Volunteer Group

Sathya Sai Baba Center

Deborah Schriebstein

Maryellen Shapiro

Shirdi Sai Parivaar

David Short

David Small

SNAIL Sunnyvale Neighborhood Association

St. Anthony's Church

St. Christopher School

St. Martin Lions Club

Star One Credit Union

Stearns Lending

Sunnyvale Rotary


Team Gilroy

Team San Jose

Kate Thorn

Mike Torres

Tu Thien Bo De Tam Group

Tzu Chi Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale

Westgate Church

White Road Baptist Church

Susan Wickler

Wisdom Garden

Mell Woodson


Lizabeth Yee Lefaver



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