The Village House rotating shelter for homeless women will begin its fifth year here at Holy Spirit. The Shelter offers a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to live out Christ’s message of serving our homeless neighbors through love and compassion! The Episcopal Church of Almaden will operate a warming center during the daytime hours. The Holy Spirit evening shelter will operate from 7:00pm–7:00am, seven days per week, from January 3rd–February 3rd.
Holy Spirit is part of a shelter network started in 2016 that hosts 15 women who were homeless on the streets of San Jose. The shelter network has since grown to a dozen overnight shelters and day centers. The members are diverse in faith traditions – Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Lutheran, and Evangelical. There will be opportunities to help with serving meals, intake and registration, laundry, overnight supervision, and transportation. Please visit www.villagehousesccca.com for more information and opportunities to help.
The Diocese of San Jose requires screening for volunteers, over the age of 18, who will serve at the Village House in close contact with our guests: all overnight, intake, and drivers are required to be both fingerprinted and complete an online safety course for vulnerable adults. Volunteers will be prompted to visit the website at www.verifygroup.com for fingerprint clearance and www.virtusonline.org to take PGC and Vulnerable Adults when signing up for one of the Tier 1 positions. Fingerprints must only be done once and the training is good for 3 years.
Holy Spirit Contacts:
Shelter Director: Mike Ferrero – (408) 799-2038
Fingerprinting and safe environment: Katie Metzger – (408) 997-5115
Intake and Guest Services: Christine Burroughs – (408) 221-0309
Guest Issues: Caseworker Tara O’Reilly – (408) 520-0055
Overnights and Set up: Bob Fields – (408) 250-3381
Medical Support: Jeff Aboud – (408) 421-3723
Laundry Services: Nathalie Goricanec – (408) 646-6289
Breakfasts: June Ferrero (408) 997-3165 and Rosalie Marty (408) 623-6140
Lunches: Time & Sondra Gill (408) 202-8670
Dinners: Teresa McCarthy – (408) 623-8125
Transportation: John McCarthy (408) 386-7457 or Mike Reardon (408) 386-2398
Facilities: Renee Sneed – (408) 997-5105