HOT: Sheltering Workshop TOMORROW 12/7

We need YOU to PERSONALLY INVITE your contacts to attend one of our Sheltering Workshops. This THURSDAY at 6:30PM at The Most Holy Trinity Church. Please send to those you know in faith communities and volunteer organizations and ask them to share widely!

The workshops are for anyone who is:

1. Considering offering shelter (either overnight or daytime) or Safe Car Parks and may have questions, concerns of how to get started.

2. Interested in volunteering but want to find out more how to get plugged in.

3. Interested in issue of houselessness and want to see what WFC is about.

4. Those already involved in WFC and want to re-engage as our movement (and the need) grows.

Meeting includes a short introductory video, Panel discussion with those with sheltering and safe car park experience, and plenty of time for Q and A. We also will cover the historic “assembly shelter ordinance” recently passed in SJ that allows ALL assembly sites to shelter overnight (not just faith communities) up to 50 people all year round, allowing places like libraries, schools, community centers, etc. to shelter. Light snacks will be provided!

Thank you for doing your part in saving lives and easing the suffering of many.

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Info for volunteers

Thank you for considering volunteering! What will it be like to work with a group of people I have never interacted with before? is a question we often hear. Here is one volunteer’s feedback: “You will have a transformative experience. By engaging with the guests through sharing a meal and hearing their stories, misconceptions of who the unsheltered are break down. It is realized that we are all part of the community – regardless of housing status. I never realized how similar we all are!”

You don’t have to have a specific, or any faith belief to volunteer. ALL are welcome!

Visit our Collaborative group page for the current volunteer needs from our communities offering shelter:

Please also consider helping us run the daily operations of the Collaborative with “behind the scenes work”. Typical needs include: Database management, social media, event planning, grant writing, fundraising. (We are completely volunteer run and funded so very much need this kind of help!) Please email us at if you are able to help us in this capacity.

You are invited to attend our regular Collaborative meetings. Important outreach groups are currently forming!

It takes funding to keep the shelters running so please consider a monetary donation: (All funds go directly to helping those in need.) We also welcome checks. Please make out to: Willow Glen United Methodist (in memo line be sure to indicate the donation is for the Winter Faith Collaborative) Mail checks to the attention of Ingrid Quigley to: Willow Glen United Methodist Church. 1420 Newport Ave. San Jose, CA 95125.

Info for houseless guests

We offer an alternative model from the traditional shelter that can often feel cold and impersonal. Our communities foster a home/family like atmosphere where dignity, respect, hope, and love are given.

If you are in need of shelter- either overnight, daytime, or need a safe place to park, please reach out to us at or call (408) 345-5351.



Please join us at one of the following events to see how you and your community can make a difference in people’s lives:

  • Saturday, November 18th at 1:30pm                                                                                St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. 20920 McClellan Rd. Cupertino 95014
  • Saturday December 2nd at 10am                                                                                      Willow Glen United Methodist Church. 1420 Newport Ave. SJ 95125
  • Thursday December 7th at 6:30pm                                                                                      Most Holy Trinity Church. 2040 Nassau Dr. SJ 95122


Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service & Film Documentary

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm in front of San Jose City Hall. 200 East Santa Clara St., San Jose

An interfaith memorial service, featuring leaders from the diverse religious traditions of the South Bay, honoring the lives of people who died homeless in our community in 2016

Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council

Then immediately after the memorial service……join us directly across the street at 7:15p at San Jose First United Methodist Church (24 N. 5th St) for refreshments and:

 “The Gift of Hospitality” A short documentary film told by guests, volunteers, and faith leaders of the Winter Faith Collaborative— a growing network of faith communities in the South Bay who are providing the unhoused with daytime drop-in centers, overnight shelters and safe car parks.

FLYER FOR EVENT HERE: 2016-homelessmemorialwdocumentaryflyerhalfpage

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