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Salvation Army of Santa Clara, San Jose, and Silicon Valley.

The main Salvation Army resource that has been helping people in Santa Clara County is the Family Services Department. This is the nations leading non-profit charity organization. They offer help under the direction of the Family Services assistance program. The organization has been assisting the low income, seniors, children, and disabled in Silicon Valley California.

A wide range of emergency and crisis programs, social services, and aid is offered by professional and experienced Family Services staff and case managers. They are committed to helping low income individuals deal with an emergency and helping them overcome a hardship.

Not only may people be directed to financial assistance programs in Santa Clara, but the case managers will also work with people to enable them to change their circumstances and overcome the challenges that stand in their way. Social workers will provide free advice and resources that help them find a job, gain a new skill, increase their income, or transition into stable housing. Services provided can be rental and security deposit assistance, clothing, transportation, PG&E utility bill assistance, emergency food support, furniture, and more.  Each center, church, or Corps center offers a variety of social services to meet the holistic needs of individuals, including spiritual, physical, social, and emotional.




Food, school, senior and holiday programs

Each Santa Clara Catholic Charity Family Services Department houses a food pantry that provides meals and groceries to the needy in their local community. Many of these food pantries partner with other nonprofit organizations in Silicon Valley. They will also work with food wholesalers and retailers for large-scale community distributions. These distributions will normally occur seasonally, and the scale and frequency increase proportionally to the need in a community.

In addition to food and grocery distribution, the Family Services Department runs seasonal and holiday assistance programs. They include Angel Tree, Easter basket distribution, Christmas toy & food distributions, Mother's Day baskets, Adopt-A-Family, free back to school supplies, job fairs, and more.





Back to School Supplies - Each and every year, the Silicon Valley Salvation Army Silicon Valley hosts a Back to School event that helps low income families, the working poor and disadvantaged children prepare for school. Qualified school aged children can get fully stocked backpacks (with supplies) and school clothes and uniforms.

Other resources administered include Spiritual Counseling, Homeless Meals, Senior Services, Nursing Home Visitations, and Worship Services.

The Santa Clara County Salvation Army's Senior Center is sometimes called a home away from home for senior citizens and the elderly. This gives them a place to meet up with old friends and make new ones, enjoy field trips, games, and activities. The Salvation Army helps seniors across Silicon Valley maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle by providing social services and aid such as food, nutritional meals 5 days a week, a brown bag' food program, and much more. The assistance is meant to supplement their pantry at home. The senior centers also run a wide variety of events, activities and programs that keep seniors active. In some cases transportation to and from the senior center can be provided by volunteers who work with the Salvation Army. A senior center is also a great place to get information and referrals to government programs. Read more on senior programs in California.

Homeless assistance is provided by the Emmanuel House. This resource has been serving the Santa Clara County since the mid 1960s, and the Salvation Army program provides the services needed to answer the questions of homelessness. The Emmanuel House provides the currently homeless and people facing eviction with a full range of services and advice, and resources can help anyone needing assistance to make the final move from homelessness. Learn about public and low income private housing, section 8, shelter, and programs that may assist with paying security deposits.




Salvation Army centers in Santa Clara California

  • Santa Clara Corps Community Center, 3090 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, California 95051, 408-247-4588  Fax 408-244-3442
  • Sunnyvale Grace Korean Corps Community Center, 1161 South Bernardo Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, dial 408-720-0420 Fax 408-720-8075
  • Gilroy Corps Community Center, 200 West Fifth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020, phone 408-848-5373
  • San Jose Temple Corps Community Center, 359 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112, call 408-998-2064
  • Emmanuel House, Homeless Shelter and Public Feeding Center, 405 N. 4th Street, San Jose, California 95112, main number 408-282-1175
  • Santa Clara County Administration, Senior Center/ Family Services, 359 N. 4th Street, San Jose, California 95112, main number is 408-282-1165


By Jon McNamara

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