Safe Park is a rotating shelter for homeless that live in cars and RVs. This is a very exciting new social ministry program that will allow us to help provide our homeless neighbors a safe place to park at night in the PoP parking lot for one month. We are working with other local faiths to cover the other 11 months per year.
Why is it "safe"?
The parking lot would not be open to just anyone. Those allowed to park are pre-screened by social service agencies. In addition there are rules to stay. Police are supportive of the program and they check-in though out the night. The homeless won't have to worry about being asked to move in the middle of the night, they can stay with their loved ones (indoor shelters do not usually allow couples or pets), plus they would have access to restrooms.
What is next?
We hope to launch this program in May, but WE NEED ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS
by March 1st to ensure the effort will be successful.
To volunteer: complete our Interest form (this will not sign you up for a shift, just let us know how many people are willing to help).
Many of the most common questions are answered in the presentation posted earlier this month. If your question isn't answered, feel free to contact committee member Norman Puck.
Karen Hauschildt, Norman Puck, Yvonne Strom, Jim Wilczak, Pastor Sara Pearson
Amigos de Guadalupe
Rotating Safe Car Park is safe for those that participate because everyone in the "shelter" is screened by a social service agency. Not everyone is a good fit for a group location. Those who do not pass the screening are referred to other social services.
Community Service Agencies
Links and Articles of Interest
$50 million donation to homeless initiatives
Step up Silicon Valley
Video of Poverty Simulation: Moreland School District
Homeless in Silicon Valley Blog & Resource Page
SPUR Housing Policy (SF Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)