What's Going On
As a community we are called to move beyond the boundaries of our church walls to “Reach out in Love.” Through the years Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church has forged relationships with many organizations in our community to help serve those in need. Here are some opportunities to connect with some of these organizations through service.
We will be hosting the Faith In Action Rotating Shelter during the month of April. There are opportunities to provide meals, shop, host and visit with our guests. Guests of the Rotating Shelter sign a contract agreeing to seek or maintain employment, to remain clean and sober, to build up their financial reserves and work toward housing. The goal is to help our guests move into permanent housing by the end of their stay. Since re-opening the shelter in March of 2012, Faith In Action has sheltered more than 207 men and moved 108 of them into permanent housing situations.
This is a great group of guys and they are good company, so anyone, any age, including children and youth, can volunteer to help.
To help [SIGN UP HERE], or contact .
Faith In Action Rotating Shelter was established to meet a need to house the homeless in our community. When SVPC hosts one month a year, formerly homeless men move into our gym where they live from 8 p.m.—7 a.m. Faith In Action provides shelter, meals, shower facilities, case management, job counseling and other supportive services to motivated men willing to stay clean and sober, find employment and a permanent place to live. The church provides space for the guests to sleep, to store their belongings and an area where they can have their meals.
Freedom House Seeks Volunteers
Freedom House is a Bay Area nonprofit with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. They are seeking Advocacy and Shelter volunteers to help in their mission. Training is required but the impact on their lives and your life can be limitless. Contact to learn more.
Prepare a hot lunch served to homeless youth at the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose. Cooking takes place in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. Contact to join her bi-weekly e-mail to participate by providing food and/or cooking, most 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Affordable homes are built using a large amount of volunteer labor, donated funds and materials. Then the homes are sold at affordable prices to qualifying low-income families. Volunteers play a critical role in their programs, and are involved in every aspect of work. Contact for the next opportunity.
As you head out for your vacations, please remember to bring something back for the homeless; your hotel toiletries. Throughout the year the Mission & Service Ministry collects toiletries for distribution to the homeless. You may drop off items during the monthly food drive or at any time in the church mailroom (Bldg 200). If you aren’t traveling but would still like to help, pick up an extra tube of toothpaste, bar of soap or bottle of shampoo when you’re at the store. Donations are welcome any time of the year.
Each summer we collect back-to-school supplies that are assembled into backpacks and donated to youth served by Sunnyvale Community Services and Refugee Ministries. Items donated include backpacks, notebooks, notebooks/binders, ruled paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers, pencils, folders, scissors, erasers, glue sticks, highlighters, rulers, dictionaries, and calculators.
Next BACKPACK donation opportunity: to be announced
Next SCHOOL SUPPLIES donation opportunity: to be announced