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 […]

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Service as a Way of Life

  St Joseph’s Family Center wants to acknowledge all who served our country…and continue to serve. Two of these such veterans are Robert Scholtens and Chet Kirby. Bob served in the Marine Corp in Okinawa and Germany (1960-1967). He has been a passionate and unwavering volunteer with SJFC for 16 years! Chet served three tours […]

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Day On The Ridge

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 […]

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Volunteering All in the Family

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller Ken and Nancy McDonald have been volunteering at SJFC faithfully for the past 6 years! When a call went out at Gilroy Presbyterian Church for a need of volunteers, Ken and Nancy immediately responded. “We enjoy meeting new people and […]

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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 […]

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Volunteer Profile: Roger and Carol Bennett

Roger and Carol Bennett started volunteering at St. Joseph’s Family Center about six years ago, when a discussion at a bible study prompted them into taking action to fend off poverty in their community. “As our group discussed many scriptures regarding not forgetting the poor, it became very clear that serving others needed to become […]

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Volunteer Profile: Olivia Altamirano

For 18-year-old Olivia Altamirano, life is more than just going through the process of college and finding a job. This young lady has taken that extra step in helping the community around her through volunteer work as well. Olivia volunteers for St. Joseph’s Family Center, assisting at the Wheeler Manor hot meals program. She helps […]

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“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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