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Volunteer Profiles

St. Joseph’s Family Center is blessed with many wonderful volunteers. A few of them have volunteered to tell us a little bit more about themselves and what led them to Get Involved in serving at St. Joseph’s Family Center.

Giving

St. Joseph’s Family Center has been a venerable institution in South County for 35 years. We are proud that over 90% of our financial resources go directly to assist hundreds of very low-income families and the homeless in our community. Our overhead, administration and fund raising cost have traditionally been only 7-8% of our total […]

Events

Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution Tuesday, November 21, 2017 This year our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket distribution will  serve approximately 800 families! Each family will receive a warm and wonderful holiday basket complete with a turkey, fresh produce, canned staple food items, holiday baking supplies, fresh dairy items, and a delicious dessert to share! Please consider […]

About

Our Mission: To alleviate hunger and homelessness in South Santa Clara County by providing food, housing and employment related services, and advocating for system changes to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people in our communities. The history of St. Joseph’s Family Center is a testament to grassroots efforts to create change locally. Marge Albaugh, first Executive Director In the mid-1960’s, a group of women from St. Mary Parish saw a need to help the poor. Spearheaded by Marge Albaugh, these women worked diligently to secure donations of food and clothing for those who were part of the parish community. After time, Ms. Albaugh recognized these needs existed throughout the entire community, so in 1981, the formal organization, St. Joseph’s Family Center, was born. The organization grew as did the City of Gilroy, and as the numbers needing help swelled. SJFC became the giving arm of a consortium of local churches, businesses and individuals. While... 

Recent Updates

Breaking Down Barriers

St. Joseph’s Family Center has started and is now serving 13 Off-Site Pantry locations. 10 of these pantries are located on School Sites allowing families to receive a full grocery allotment at the same time that they are picking up their children thus breaking down the barriers of time and transportation.  SJFC is committed to getting food to everyone who needs it in the South County.  Read More

Day On The Ridge

7/15/2017 St. Joseph’s Family Center sends out a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Chizanskos Family for hosting the biggest fundraising event in SJFC history, DAY ON THE RIDGE! Brenda and Shawn Chizanskos, along with Brian and Linda Girvin, Ed and Gwyn Sauceda, Vicki Goicovich, Jerry Ortiz, Linda Chen, David Leal, and dozens of other volunteers worked countless hours to create a concert event that no one will forget! The day-long extravaganza boasted a lineup of bands that covered many musical... 

Faces of Homelessness

Homeless comes in many faces…  After being diagnosed with kidney cancer Verna was faced with homelessness. It became too much to keep up with the job she loved as a hairdresser. “It was hard. I am a college graduate and I never thought I would have to deal with the things that I am.” Verna began coming to The Lord’s Table for a hot meal and the support everyone offers. “Catherine and the volunteers became like family. I love coming for the food, the people,... 

“So many times you feel helpless on what to do to help others, volunteering and donating to SJFC makes me feel less helpless and that I am making a difference in someone else’s life.”~ Cindy

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    “You are wonderful. My son is in town to visit me and you made it possible for me to cook him a meal. It made me feel good to be able to do that for him. It made him feel like old times.” ~ Brenda (homeless)