The Winter Faith Collaborative is an interfaith network of communities offering temporary shelter for the house-less in places of worship throughout Santa Clara County. For three years we have offered overnight shelters, daytime shelters, and safe car parks. Though we initially started sheltering only in winter (hence our name) most communities now serve year-round due to the demand.
Our ultimate goal is ensuring everyone is housed. Until then however, we guide and encourage communities to offer temporary housing… COME JOIN THE GROWING INTERFAITH MOVEMENT BY ATTENDING A MEETING TO FIND OUT MORE!
- Next meeting: Tues. Feb. 26, 2019 from 6:30-8pm. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 1550 Meridian Ave. San Jose. Ca. 95125
We hope YOUR COMMUNITY may consider offering shelter to our most vulnerable neighbors. Attending one of our meetings is the first step to find out what it entails and answer any questions and concerns. (Working in collaboration across all faiths, sheltering communities are NOT alone!)
We also have needs for volunteers, food, supplies, and monetary help to help run the shelters themselves. We also need “behind the scenes” help with administration, coordination, event planning, fundraising, outreach, grant writing. * You don’t have to have a specific, or any faith belief to volunteer.
Click to donate a tax deductible donation. Proceeds pay for overnight monitors in small/poorer faith communities so more people can be sheltered. And to purchase gas cards for those who live in their vehicles.
Checks are also welcome. To donate by check, make check payable to: ‘Willow Glen United Methodist ‘ (memo field should indicate the donation is for the Winter Faith Collaborative). Mail your check to the attention of Ingrid Quigley,
Willow Glen United Methodist Church. 1420 Newport Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
Collaborative Opportunities for Faith Communities
- Overnight Sheltering: Sheltering people nightly either the entire winter season or in rotation with other communities.
- Daytime Drop-In Center: Open during the day, people visit to keep warm, rest, use restrooms, computers, cell charging, receive food and water.
- Safe Parking: Safe place to park for those who live in their car, including use of bathrooms, showers, electricity, water and meals.
Totals from our second 2017 season
* 39 faith communities participated * 438 individuals guests served + 27 hosted a shelter (overnight, (a 69% increase from 2016) daytime, or safe car parks) * 59,630 individual meals served + 12 offered meals, volunteers, * 77,445 volunteer hours materials, or other resources
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call (408) 345-5351