What We Do
Food Assistance Pantry
The Food Pantry is the oldest and largest program that St. Joseph’s operates. Families and individuals receive nutritious, balanced food baskets that help them maintain a proper diet and physical well-being.
Lord’s Table – Hot Meal Program for the Homeless
The Lord’s Table serves hot meals to the homeless, unhoused and low-income families in our community. The nutritionally balanced meals are prepared on-site by our staff and with the assistance of volunteers. Meals are served on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the St. Mary School gymnasium, 11 First Street in Gilroy, CA 95020.
Our Employment Services provides support and training that will enhance individuals demand and value in the workforce. We offer job coaching and counseling, resume development, internet job searches, interviewing techniques and other resources to help individuals overcome their barriers to gaining and retaining employment.
Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance
St. Joseph’s Family Center secures funding from government sources to assist families in a situation of crisis, caused by circumstances beyond their control (i.e. loss of employment). We help subsidize the cost of entering new housing, help them maintain their current housing and/or utility service with timely financial assistance.
Homeless Outreach/UPLIFT Transit Pass Program
St. Joseph’s Family Center is the area liaison to homeless services. While we do not own housing or operate a shelter, we can provide you with links to area services, both in Gilroy and throughout the County.
We work with the County of Santa Clara and Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on the UPLIFT Transit Pass Program. This program provides quarterly transit passes.
Gilroy Street Team
The Gilroy Street Team (GST) employs homeless and formerly homeless individuals to assist with beautification projects around the City of Gilroy. Participation is rewarded with vouchers for food, clothing, transportation and other necessities. The participants also receive training and job coaching that can help them enter the workforce. Perhaps the greatest gift is the restoration of the team member’s dignity and sense of pride in being able to give back to the community.
This HUD funded housing program is designed to serve chronically homeless individuals with a disabling condition. This “housing first” model provides permanent housing, intensive case management, employment support and counseling services to help stabilize the lives of those who have been living on the streets for years – but now have a solid base in which to improve their self-sufficiency and overall well-being.
Our New Place
St. Joseph’s Family Center works with Community Solutions, whose staff help identify families in situations of domestic violence, and are coming from a temporary shelter. The program is designed to serve these chronically homeless families who also have a disabling condition. This “housing first” model provides permanent housing, intensive case management, employment support and counseling services to help stabilize the lives of those who have been victims of domestic violence and move them towards better health, self-sufficiency and overall well-being.