Our Meal Ministry has been providing weekly lunches to Family Supportive Housing throughout the pandemic.
We have asked Zanotto's Family Markets to make box lunches for our shelter friends during Thanksgiving week to allow our volunteers more time with family.
One lunch is approximately $10.
If you would like to help defray our cost for these lunches you can do so by including "Meal Ministry" and the amount you would like to contribute in your regular church offering, or you may make a special online gift by clicking HERE.
Your continued and generous support for this important ministry is much appreciated by our shelter friends.
Family Supportive Housing Fundraising Event: Check out Prince of Peace's Volunteer of the Year Award
Family Supportive Housing of San Jose, often called "The Family Shelter" has been an agency Prince of Peace has supported in multiple ways over the years. This includes our Kids to Camp fundraiser and quarterly meals for shelter families. During the pandemic our liaison to the Shelter, Cathy Schroeder, encouraged us to do more including donations of needed supplies and weekly lunches. Prince of Peace continues to deliver!
Prince of Peace would love to have a large showing of support at the event. Like all things 2020, this fundraiser will be a different version of it's usual form. That's ok because it will be on-line, allowing many more people to participate! In fact, you can show your support and participate for FREE! Register by the end of day today, Friday, October 23, to be entered in the raffle.
Register for the event HERE.
A donation is not required to participate, but is always welcome.
You will also have the option of purchasing a soup dinner, delivered to your home, that you can enjoy during the event. $75 includes dinner for two with choice of three soups, freshly baked bread from Roma Bakery, and a bottle of fine wine from Bert George of Joseph George Wines. The 15-mile delivery area covers most of the South Bay.
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Kids to Camp Goal Met!
Thanks to your generosity, the $12,334.70 in donated funds was delivered to Family Supportive Housing.
These funds will go towards a few summer camp options: an in-house shelter camp, local YMCA day camps, and a Camp Campbell day camp.
Many thanks to the 42 individuals and families who contributed to POP’s Kids to Camp ministry, helping to change lives and relieve the stresses of homelessness that the shelter children experience day after day.
Preparing for Guests
For over a year Prince of Peace has been a participant and major driver for Rotating Safe Car Park (RSCP) a shelter for individuals and families living in vehicles.
Preparation for being a monthly host is more complicated during COVID-19, but Prince of Peace is always up to the task. These dining tables are 8 feet long and thoroughly cleaned with bleach between each use. Mobile COVID testing is made available to both the shelter guests and volunteers. There have been zero COVID cases within the shelter or volunteers to date. Prince of Peace has even been able to increase hospitality to include extra meals during the pandemic.
All this is worth it to provide hospitality for a ministry that has grown in need.
Volunteers needed in February
Rotating Safe Car Park is at Prince of Peace during the months of January and February 2020. Please use this link to volunteer your time. Help is especially needed in February.
Rotating Safe Car Park is the program featured in "A place for homeless families to sleep safely in their cars" by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil in the January 2020 issue of Christian Century. Read it here.
May Hosting Underway
The RSCP @ POP still needs volunteers to finish our rotation in May successfully! Go to the online volunteer link to sign up for a shift: https://signup.com/go/oOGikQz. We will train new interested volunteers during your shift. It’s easy!
If you prefer to cook, our guests would love your home cooking any Thursday nights through May. This community dinner begins at 7:30pm and serves about 15 guests and volunteers in total.
Good News! Prince of Peace is able to host the Rotating Safe Car Park residents again this year. Our first month is February. There are new shift hours:
Please sign-up to help with the button at the right.
Volunteering in October
October 1-31, RSCP will be located at West Valley College. POP is operating the RSCP at WVC, so we are ready for the great support you showed when we hosted in June and July. The evening shift has recently changed to 8:30pm-9:30pm, and the morning shift is from 7:45am-8:15am.
When signing up on the sign-up to the right, please use your cell # if possible and note your church/affiliation.
Rotating Safe Car Park is a shelter for individuals and families living in small vehicles. As the name implies, the parking location rotates. Prince of Peace is looking for partners in the area that can offer overnight parking spaces and access to restrooms. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
RSCP Leadership Team
Karen, Norman, Ulrike, Drew, Pastor Sara
Community Service Agencies
Links and Articles of Interest
$50 million donation to homeless initiatives
Step up Silicon Valley
Homeless in Silicon Valley Blog & Resource Page
SPUR Housing Policy (SF Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)
Office hours Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-3pm or by appointment.
Please call before coming by.