Community Outreach

Outreach is a vital and ongoing part of St. Francis. For many of our activities, the programs come to us and we provide the facilities. For example, the Girl Scouts of America, and many 12 Step recovery programs (see list below) regularly use our meeting rooms and parish hall. You will also find us beyond our church campus, out in the community, tangibly extending Christ's love by helping those in need. Some of these programs include:
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santa maria urban ministry (SMUM)

This diocesan outreach center in downtown San Jose is an important part of our community ministry. In addition to the backpacks described above, we meet specific needs throughout the year. For example, we regularly collect food and clothing in our ongoing effort to provide for our neighbors in need. St. Francis is a satellite location for SMUM to distribute food from Second Harvest to those in need and living in the 95125 zip code area. We also collect toys to be given to the children at Christmas.Click here to learn more about Santa Maria Urban Ministry.

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Village House

An Interfaith Shelter of Hope. Our facility serves as a warming center for 12-15 women from 7am to 7pm for six weeks during an appointed time. We provide a warm and secure area with food and fellowship.
Click here to learn more about Village House and to volunteer.

backpack project

For local students in need, parishioners annually provide backpacks pre-filled with school supplies.

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Willow Glen Cares

We participate in this program Through Willow Glen High School that aides "high need" students living in Willow Glen. At Christmastime our youth raised money to buy gifts for the students.
Click here to learn more about Willow Glen Cares.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)

Parishioners donate to ERD and the work being done throughout the world. The ERD core program areas are:

  • Alleviate hunger and improve food supply.
  • Create economic opportunities and strengthen communities
  • Promote health and fight disease.
  • Respond to disasters and rebuild communities.
Click here to learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development.
St. Francis Wolf Packs

Wolf Packs are individual bags of food that can be given out to anyone in need. They are portable and non-perishable so they can be stored in your car. Please contact the office if you would like to take a few bags to distribute to someone in need. Financial donations are always accepted for this ministry, please note Wolf Packs in the memo line.

Sierra Service Projects (SSP)

SSP is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in rural and urban communities and serving in Central America. St. Francis middle school and high school youth and young adults have the opportunity to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.

Each year, St. Francis youth are among approximately 1,500 youth and 400 adult volunteers from 125 churches and over 40 paid summer staff living, worshiping and working together on six different site locations in America. Together, their work results in over 100 safer, drier and more comfortable homes and community centers.
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One Warm Coat

St. Francis hosts an annual coat drive from January to March to help provide coats for those without. "Everyone should have one warm coat." Our coat drive benefits the needy clients of Santa Maria Urban Ministry.

Additional projects throughout the year include for example, the ongoing St. Francis Food Pantry, and toys and gifts for children identified by the Santa Maria Urban Ministry. While our efforts may seem numerous, the needs are never ending. Volunteers and donations are always needed. Please join us in reaching out.
Recovery Meetings
St. Francis Episcopal Church is proud to host a number of 12-step meetings throughout the week. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday 6:00 p.m. - Al-Anon Sunday Serenity - Wickham Room

Sunday 8:00 p.m. - AA Sunday Night Recovery - Wickham Room

Sunday 8:00 p.m. - Overeaters Sunday - Library

Monday 5:00 p.m. - Power Group Recovery - McNaught Hall

Monday 5:45 p.m. - NA Meditation - Wickham Room

Monday 7:30 p.m. - Al-Anon Words to Live By - Wickham Room

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - Power Group Recovery - McNaught Hall

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. - AA Free to be Me (women) - Wickham Room

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. - AA Women's Group (women) - Wickham Room

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. - NA Old School - Basement

Thursday 6:00 p.m. - Alano West Big Book Study - Wickham

Thursday 7:30 p.m. - Al-Anon As We Understand It - Wickham Room

Friday 6:30 p.m. - AA No Bull Big Book - Basement

Friday 6:30 p.m. - Overeaters Friday Library

Friday 8:00 p.m. - AA Men's 4th Step Group - McNaught Hall

Saturday 7:30 a.m. - AA Women's Group - Wickham Room

Saturday 9:45 a.m. - AA Women's Group ACA - Wickham Room

Saturday 6:00 p.m. - AA Women's Newcomers/Oldtimers - Library

  More meetings can be found at the official websites of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous in San Jose
sjna.org
aasanjose.org