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Ecumenical Hunger Program

Rating: 5 stars   43 reviews 3,455

Nonprofit Issues:

Food, Human Services

Address:

2411 Pulgas Avenue East Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission:

EHP’s mission is to work with families to eliminate their hunger and to break the cycle of poverty.  By providing its programs with compassion and respect, EHP promotes the personal dignity of those it serves and encourages self-reliance.

Geographic areas served:

Northern California

Programs:

EHP Programs Include: Emergency Food Assistance EHP provides boxes of food to meet basic nutritional needs of families, as well as to individuals experiencing temporary emergency needs or special circumstances, such as long-term illness. The food boxes are nutritionally balanced, containing protein, vegetables, grains, cereals, and canned goods. They are prepared with an understanding of the cultural and ethnic preferences of each family. Monday Night Meal Program EHP, along with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, prepares and serves hot meals to needy individuals and families every Monday night at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto. Some of those served are homeless, while others are families with children who take advantage of this program to conserve the limited funds they have. Personal Support Many clients come to EHP with multiple needs that require personal, ongoing support as they wrestle with the crises that have led to their poverty and hunger. As these needs have become more complex, EHP has implemented a case management program, which allows EHP?s staff to assist clients in addressing and prioritizing these problems in-depth, providing both the immediate and the long-term assistance essential for a family?s success. This is a crucial element in the transition of client families from dependence on assistance to self-reliance. Furniture, Clothing, and Household Essentials EHP distributes clothing, furniture, appliances, and household essentials, such as blankets, sheets, and dishes. Annually, over 4,000 visits are made, and 10,000 clients served, by EHP?s ?Clothes Closet.? All goods are donations from the community. This program matches the donated resources of the donors to the needs of the clients in an act of kindness and goodwill. The most common furniture requests are for beds and refrigerators. EHP also receives and distributes sofas, stoves, baby furniture, tables, and the like. EHP assists an average of 100 families each month with furniture or large appliances. At any given time there are 150-200 families on a waiting list for essential goods and basic living needs. Client Advocacy Information and referral assistance are provided to clients seeking housing, financial assistance for basic needs (e.g., PG&E), health care, child-care, employment, language skills, and other social services. EHP works with other agencies in the community to facilitate access to critical resources. Children?s Resource Center (CRC) Programs ? Back to School ? Holiday Happiness ? Crisis Referrals ? Celebrating Success ? Academic Mentoring ? Health and Enrichment

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1 person found this review helpful

I was a homeless veteran for eight years when I was blessed to get a place of my own this month, but I had no furnishings and had been turned away by several local organizations. That's when a friend of mine told me about EHP. He drove me there and I was blessed and amazed! The staff was so kind and extremely caring. I was truly shocked with all that they provided for me: cookware, appliances, a totally gorgeous dinette set, a desk, bookcase, vacuum cleaner, etc. I still can hardly believe it!

Life has been really hard these last few years, but EHP made starting over so much easier. I truly appreciated their wonderful staff. There are many organizations out there that are trying to help people, but not one of them can hold a candle to EHP (the best kept secret in the Bay Area!)

 
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The Ecumenical Hunger Program has help and served hundreds of families over 40 years, with food, clothing and household items. The stories of how this program helped a family make it through tough, lean days warms my heart. Past clients want to give back. They return to volunteer or donate money to help other families through difficult times. This is such a worthy nonprofit.

 
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In 1980 our family first became involve with a grassroots program, the Ecumenical Hunger Project’s “Adopt-A-Family” Holiday Program. Over the years we have watched the changes of the Ecumenical Hunger Project’s. Today, the original mission is still there, but expanded. The programs have evolved to include, use of a bank of computers, (Technology Access Point), victory gardens, after school programs, summer programs for children, mentoring, women’s support group. The Ecumenical Hunger Project’s long term assistance combined with their programs to the help the adults, children and families have been successful. They help folks through a difficult period on to a more stable and success life. There is a large volunteer base. Adults, and teens, from all various areas of the community and surrounding communities working together The help with all the various adult and children’s programs. There is so much to say about this wonderful community program. As there bookkeeper for the last seven years, I have seen the transformation of the people and families. The bottom line is, this program works.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting individula people and families through a difficult time in their life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want to do more reach out programs to the children that are wards of the state, without parnets. Orphans.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community involvement.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm. caring and some staff members. Several from the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build housing for families, to give temporary housing.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

During this economic period, w/the distressed housing market, high gas prices, no growth economy, the challenge is to be able to meet all the assitant needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is no charge to the client for clothing, food, household items furniture, or programs. If the Ecumenical Hunger Project has it and you have a need, then it is yours. How wonderful is that!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

 
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Ecumenical Hunger Program is a staple in the community of East Palo Alto, CA that provides food, clothing, and furniture to low-income and extremely poor families. I have personally volunteered at this program and I noticed the extent to which they go out of their way to assist those in need. The staff is friendly, inviting, and very attentive to their clients. I have seen people walk away from their facilities with smiles on their faces and tears of joy rolling down their cheeks thanks to the services and caring environment that EHP is able to provide. The rest of the non-profits in the area could learn from the quality of service that EHP exhibits. Kudos to EHP and I hope they continue their good work for many years to come.

 
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The memories I have of the nearly five years I spent working at the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)- under Nevida Butler- are among the most precious and enriching in my life, for many reasons... All of EHP's efforts go directly into helping people/families in need- from offering food assistance and household items, to job search support- but I remember there was always a priority on serving with compassion and joy... Many times I saw people come into EHP looking depressed, and yet leaving with their heads held just a little higher. And that's largely because EHP is a 'community-builder': clients, volunteers and staff, all become part of an informal and life-enriching community support network. EHP is a gift.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

When I needed help for the holidays they stepped in and gave to me. I have also seen families turn to to them in there struggle and they not only provided assistance but they cared and gave a real hug.

 
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I have lived in East Palo Alto over 40 years and I can truly say without the help and kindness of EHP many families would be without food, clothing . furniture not to mention Christmas presents, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for their families. School clothes and school supplies for their children to be ready to start the school year. EHP is a God Send to this community over the years.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

EHP is a kind and loving non profit that does wonders for the community. Their generosity and welcoming arms will always resonate with me.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

They helped to put much needed household items in the house and they all worked like brand new.

 
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EHP is a great organization that helps people in need. Service given with compassion and respect to all!

 
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Ecumenical Hunger Program is a humanitarian organization serving people in need. Generosity begins at home and EHP exemplifies this. It's a great agency!

 
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