Hope's Corner's 2016 SVGives campaign is off to a strong start this year thanks to an anonymous donor who has pledged a $5,000 matching grant. Please help us collect this generous donation by supporting Hope's Corner during SVGives on May 3. Your donation will go twice as far in helping us feed the growing number of food-insecure people in our community.
For the third year in a row, Hope's Corner is participating in Silicon Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. SVGives is a 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to easily connect donors with charitable causes. This year we especially need your support to help us collect a matching grant of $20,000.
With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we've accomplished a lot since our last campaign, but the need in our community continues to grow. Between 2014 and 2015, the average number of hungry people we serve increased by more than 30%, and that trend seems to be continuing for 2016. As rents in Mountain View and across Santa Clara County continue to rise at an alarming rate, more people are finding themselves homeless and/or unable to afford nutritious food.
Please mark your calendar to support Hope's Corner on May 3 during SVGives and share this with your family and friends. This is also a good time to check with your employer to see if they offer matching donations that would double your contribution. More details will be coming soon.
If you shop at Amazon, you can now use AmazonSmile to have Amazon donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Hope's Corner. Click on the link below and select Hope's Corner Inc as your charity to support. Thanks!
The number of guests served by Hope's Corner each Saturday reached a new record of 306 on January 16! Our numbers have continued to grow as more people find themselves squeezed by the increasing cost of housing as well as hear about the delicious and nutritious food we serve. The annual averages have steadily increased since Hope's Corner opened in September 2011, serving 28 people per week to our average for 2015 of 231 people served per week.
Girl Scouts from Troop 61078 dropped off several bags of toiletry kits for the Hope's Corner Shower Program. Hope's Corner is blessed to have several groups step up to provide shower kits of toiletries, socks and underwear. These kits are used by homeless individuals who enjoy the free showers provided by Hope's Corner. The showers and toiletry kits are one way Hope's Corner lets people know they are a valued part of our community. Click here to see how you can donate a kit.
A bicycle can mean the difference between having a job and not having a job. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange partners with Hope's Corner to provide bicycles to homeless individuals who would otherwise have a difficult time getting around. "Joe" pictured below was very happy to receive a bike this month and let us know that it would enable him to keep his job. If you have a bicycle to donate or want to volunteer to learn how to fix bikes, check out the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange.
We are so excited to offer Stars and Angels, a CD of Christmas songs and carols by Dirk Damonte, performed by Creekside Worship Band. You can purchase the CDs at Los Altos United Methodist Church between worship services on December 20 or order online by clicking below:
Two Girl Scouts working on their Sow What! Journey (a type of badge) prepared and served zucchini lasagna for Hope's Corner on November 21 as well as distributing recipe cards. The girls had learned about the importance of healthy eating and wanted to share a healthier alternative to traditional lasagna with our Hope's Corner guests. Thank you Anna and Janeth!
Hope's Corner will hold our fourth annual Hope's Corner Children's Party on December 19. Children who attend the Hope's Corner breakfast and children from the Day Worker Center will be entertained by the Starfire/Mosaic youth group from Los Altos United Methodist Church, including photos with Santa, while the parents are invited to shop in the "store" created from donated toys. But we need donations of toys to make this happen! See the flyer below for details.
Since late August, Hope's Corner has made new showers available by appointment to unhoused people. Thanks to volunteers from the Open Circle group, people can sign up for an appointment on Saturday mornings, are provided a fresh towel, bath mat and toiletries, and are able to have a nice, hot shower. Some people have commented that it was the first shower they had in weeks. The showers were installed as part of the two new accessible restrooms that were added with Hope's Corner Capital Funds. This project brings Hope's Corner one step closer to being able to construct a new kitchen -- and provides a wonderful service to unhoused people in the process.