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