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For thousands of families in the Silicon Valley, hope is just a phone call away.
Although Santa Clara County has the highest median household income of all Bay Area counties, 30 percent of families and 65 percent of single mothers are considered below poverty by the California Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS), which includes the costs of basic needs for California’s working families. In fact, in Santa Clara County the top income families earn almost 16.4 times more than low-income families, and twenty percent of children across the Bay Area currently live in poverty.
We recognize the importance of serving families in our community. That's why we provide fresh groceries, subsidize transportation costs, and help pay rent and deposits for families in need. Keep reading to learn more about our Famly Services Department or click here to view a list of our current volunteer openings and help make a difference today.
"If it was not for The Salvation Army of Silicon Valley, my sister and I would not be able to provide the basic needs for our children. It is so good to know that when things are tough financially, we can go to The Salvation Army and receive help. They always understand our situation, give support, and provide for our needs both physically and emotionally."
We help families throughout Silicon Valley through these important programs:
Salvation Army Thrift Store Vouchers may be available to help people experiencing homelessness or searching for employment. Please contact the Family Services Department for availability.
We provide families with a large bag of groceries filled with canned goods, grains, pasta, and other available items such as chicken, milk, and eggs as much as two times per month. We also provide fruits and vegetables every Monday morning free to the public, as well as daily bread. This program serves the following zip codes: 95013, 95037, 95050, 95051, 95052, 95053, 95054, 95112, 95119, 95121, 95122, 95127, 95132, 95135, 95138, 95139, 95141, and 95148.
We provide assistance to help families pay their rent and/or deposit in response to hardship or unforeseen difficulty. This program serves the following zip codes: 95013, 95037, 95119, 95121, 95122, 95127, 95132, 95135, 95137, 95138, 95139, 95141, 95148, 95050, 95051, 95054, and 95112 N. of Santa Clara Street.
We provide clients with a need (such as a medical appointment, job interview, work, or school) to purchase a monthly bus pass for only $25.00. They must be 18 years of age, not receive assistance elsewhere, and meet income guidelines. This program serves the following zip codes: 95013, 95037, 95112 (N. of Santa Clara Street), 95119, 95121, 95122, 95127, 95132, 95135, 95137, 95138, 95139, 95141, 95148, 95050, 95051, and 95054.
Call us at 408-282-1165 ext. 3210 or visit during business hours at 359 N. 4th Street, Room 202, San Jose, CA 95112. Se habla español. Our hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 8 am - 12 noon and 1 - 3 pm, Fridays: 8 am - 12:00 noon.
IMPORTANT: Please bring current proof of income, proof of address, and valid ID.