In July 2012 San Mateo County’s Shelter Network merged with Santa Clara’s InnVision, The Way Home, to become what is now known as InnVision Shelter Network. “InnVision Shelter Network is now one of the leading shelter/housing and supportive service providers in Northern California, supporting over 20,000 homeless men, women, and children annually.”
Our special offering for September goes specifically to our local service provider, the Opportunity Services Center, located at 33 Encina Avenue in Palo Alto. The center functions as a service to the wider community by providing a creative response to home-less related problems and offering opportunities for the community to respond to those needs. Its highest concern is to provide a positive and caring environment that respects the dignity of every person.
The center “accomplishes its mission to serve the needs of the homeless and those at-risk in the Midpeninsula area by providing” several different types of services. There are 88 units of permanent supportive housing for families (18 units) and single adults (70 units) on site. The Multi Service Drop-In Center provides a wide range of services from case management services, laundry, food, showers, computer lab, health care, lockers to children’s activities The Adult Services Center provides services for single men and women. The Bredt Family Center serves women, children and families by providing help with basic needs, education, support and children’s activities. The Peninsula HealthCare Connection offers primary care, mental health care, case management, and other support services to both adults and children. The Clothes Closet, Family Harvest (a monthly grocery distribution) and Emergency Assistance Program are also available through the Opportunity Center. The Food Closet, located on Hamilton Avenue, is open weekdays, providing canned goods, fresh produce, dairy products and bread to very low-income residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park.
This is an opportunity for us to impact those in need right here at home. Our goal is $600.