Not all families are benefiting equally from the upturn of the economy, so the need for community assistance for some has increased. Homeless shelters and family assistance centers are full, stretching their ability to feed, clothe and offer support to the many people who use their facilities.
At one of the city’s temporary shelters, Family Supportive Housing, Assistance League of San Jose volunteers prepare and serve meals to the residents. Volunteers also provide the children in this facility with home-baked cookies, enrichment programs and special events holiday events.
At CityTeam, another temporary shelter, Assistance League of San Jose volunteers sort and display new and usable clothing along with household items for distribution to San Jose’s residents in need.
Parisi House on the Hill, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for young mothers with children five and under, is the latest Assistance League of San Jose project added to the Assist-a-Shelter program. The residents are recipients of children’s books, baby layettes, ALSJ teddy bears, quilts, toiletry bags, and gently used clothing.