One of the leading charities in the Santa Clara County region is Love Inc. The organization works with local churches to offer assistance to needy individuals. The support provided is usually in the form of basic needs, such as food, clothing, minor yard work for seniors, and similar. However, there may be some other more extensive programs available, such as help with car repairs for work related reasons.
All of the resources are limited and really provided by volunteers in the community. Anyone seeking help will need to go through their Clearinghouse, or referral line. There will be an extensive application process, and the support provided by Love and its partners is meant to be a hand up, and not a hand out.
For those that don’t qualify, or if your need is more extensive, then Love may provide referrals to other Santa Clara based non-profits or charities. In some cases the charity may even refer people to state of California or federal government benefits, such as Cal Fresh.
Some of the assistance programs and services provided include the following. As noted, Love Inc. will refer qualified clients to these resources which operate in the region.
Love focuses on self-sufficiency as well. One key service is financial literacy and budget mentoring. This helps lower income people address long term financial issues. Or they can get help in rebuilding their credit. Workshops include lessons on monetary management and budgeting, financial incentives, meetings with a budget mentor, and other forms of assistance. Call (408) 723-9204 for more details on this.
The main goal of Love is to help churches in the Santa Clara County region assist those in need. So they coordinate programs and resources across the county, and can refer families to those resources. The charity is a faith based group but will help anyone that is found qualified, regardless of religion or race.
Churches and other members of the charity may help by volunteering to provide transportation to grocery stores or to the doctor. Or they can help with home or auto repair. Other needs include for financial literacy and budgeting as well as educational support.
Churches that are part of Love Inc. of Santa Clara include the following. All contact needs to go through the main referral line, as noted below.
Campbell is supported by Christ the King.
Los Gatos California – Calvary, Venture Christian, Fountain of Life, Mountain Bible
Milpitas - Calvary Bible Church, Spring Valley Bible, Park Victoria Baptist, Christ Community
Santa Clara County region - Church of the Valley, First Presbyterian of Santa Clara, and His Glorious Church
Saratoga – Residents should call the Presbyterian Church
City of San Jose – This area has several parishes. They include, but are not limited to the following. Camden Avenue Baptist; Church on the Hill, Gateway City, The River Church Community, South Bay Christian, Willow Glen Baptist, First Korean American Baptist, Lincoln Glen, and many others.
Sunnyvale - St. Luke Lutheran and Trinity
The main number to dial is (408) 723-9223. Volunteers from Love will take the information and determine eligibility. If applicable, they will refer the caller to a program that may be able to help one, if it exists.
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