FAITH IN ACTION
Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter
Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter was established to meet a need to house the homeless in our community. The Rotating Shelter opened in March 2012 and provides an opportunity for the faith community to open their doors to the homeless and allows the entire community to connect with and support the guests of the shelter. Our goal is to provide a supportive case-managed shelter environment for members of the homeless community with a focus on providing our guests an opportunity to establish a stable, self-sufficient lifestyle and obtain permanent housing.
Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter is a collaborative effort among more than twenty churches, congregations and local community organizations that offers a new beginning for the homeless. The Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter Program provides shelter, case management, meals, shower facilities, bus passes, job development and counseling and other supportive services to homeless men who are willing and able to stay clean and sober, find employment and a permanent place to live.
How It Works
The Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter moves from one host church or synagogue to another each month. Each host site provides adequate space for the guests to sleep, a secure area for them to store their belongings during the day and an area where they can have their meals. Volunteers from the collaboration of organizations and the host site provide dinners each night and groceries for the guests to make their own breakfasts and lunches. The shelter opens each night at 8:00 p.m. and closes at 7:00 a.m. The shelter supplies are moved from one host site to the next each month by the guests and a team of volunteers.
Program and Case Management and Supervision
Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter, a non-profit organization, provides case management, overnight supervisors, voice mailboxes, shower facilities, job development and counseling, bus passes and other supportive services. Applicants are carefully screened and must sign a contract which defines their responsibilities and rights within the program. The program is limited to 15 guests at a time who are “clean and sober”, employed or employable. Guests are allowed to stay for a period of up to 90 days, as long as they are in compliance with program requirements and making progress toward the goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Shelter guests receive extensive case management and tremendous support from the community.
Funding Our Program
Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter has been streamlined so that the majority of our operating expenses are for case management and supervision of the shelter operations. Our host sites provide in-kind services including space, utilities, donations of food and supplies totaling more than 50% of our actual program costs. Office space for conducting intake interviews is being donated by community partners, and truck rental for our monthly move have also been donated by a corporate partner. The members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Staff receive no monetary compensation. Our sponsors and funding sources for program administration and operating budget include both in-kind and monetary donations from the faith community, community organizations and foundations, corporate sponsors and individuals.
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