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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported EHP since it started about 40 years ago. I am 85 years old and volunteer once a week. I see so many families helped by EHP. They receive food, clothing, and referrals for other needs.

Donor

Rating: 5

I served on the board of EHP for several years, and have been a donor and volunteer. EHP is a wonderful place for families to volunteer together, especially at the holidays - kids from more affluent families get a chance to see how much they have to be grateful for, and to be reminded of how we are all human regardless of our circumstances. EHP is also a wonderful place to donate, secure in the knowledge that your donation will be used to help those in need rather than to line the pockets of executives. The staff, at every level, are paid modestly, administrative costs are kept to a minimum, and there is a strong ethic of using every dollar as carefully as possible in service of clients.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a board member, board chair, volunteer, donor and Friend of EHP for over 20 years. It's always at the top of my donation list because I know how wisely and carefully every dollar I donate is spent. The services EHP provides - giving food, clothing and household essentials to families and individuals at no cost - are sadly much needed in the midst of the wealth of some of Silicon Valley. EHP staff and volunteers have a strong culture of treating clients with respect. The Board and Staff of EHP are always looking for ways to help client become self-sufficient while insuring that their immediate needs are met. This is an organization with a long and entirely honorable history in the community, richly deserving support, donations, and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family stared volunteering at EHP at Christmas time about 30 years ago. We still volunteer and help distribute food to neighbors in East Palo Alto who are struggling to live decently in this very expensive area. EHP helps people in need with compassion, respect, and generosity.
Volunteers, staff, and board members are dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of people who need a little help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EHP is a warm, helpful place that gives people what they need: food, clothing, furniture, hugs. And theyhave been doing this since 1975.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with EHP as a donor of goods and money, a volunteer and a past board member for over 15 years. EHP is an enormously positive force in East Palo Alto helping struggling families to make ends meet in a punishing local economy. The staff and volunteers (some of whom are former clients) always have a big smile for everyone who walks in the door, show respect, and help each person meet their immediate needs - for food, clothing, furniture, bedding, or more complex support services and referrals. For over 40 years, EHP has been a beacon of light for people in the East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park area who find themselves in need of emergency, or longer term, assistance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with wonderful EHP for over 12 years as a volunteer and former board member. I continue to be impressed by the energy and compassion of the staff as they maintain a crucial "safety net" for thousands of adults and children in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and beyond. Food, clothing, furniture, and evolving support services are provided at no cost, helping low income families go "from hunger to hope." More than that, the staff and numerous volunteers treat each person with respect and always offer a smile and kind words. EHP is a life-saver for so many. It is a privilege to be part of this great organization, celebrating 40 continuous years of service in 2015!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ecumenical Hunger Program is a uniquely positive organization. The care and concern that
is provided to those receiving services speaks to the character of EHP. The organization mission is transformed from written words to active engagement with everyone who seek the goods and services EHP provides. EHP gives a "hands up" to those needing a food box, clothing, a hair cut, legal counsel, furniture, household essentials, and more! All services and goods are provided with respect, integrity, compassion and confidentiality.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at EHP since 1975. This program continues to assist families in dire need throughout the year. During the holiday season, the program provides additional support with food (turkey, ham, yams, etc.), toys, board games, senior gifts, etc. My job paid the bills and made life easier but this program gave my life purpose. I have met many wonderful people along way "clients and volunteers". A simple act of kindness can be the difference in a child having a meal Today or Not. It's the one place regardless of race, social status or political view....people work toward a common goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the EHP for years and can see how much it does for people who need clothes, linens, housewares, and furniture as well as food. We are currently providing Halloween costumes for children as well as the usual everyday items! We need sheets, blankets, and bedspreads, and now that fall has come we will need warm jackets, coats, gloves, scarves, rainboots (especially for children), and warm hats, not to mention clothes like sweatshirts and sweaters. Some clients are immigrants who have arrived with nothing, or people who have lost everything in a fire or other disaster. Please help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ecumenical Hunger Program is well-known in the community and helps a lot of people in need. The staff and volunteers are friendly and give great service.

Thank you EHP for all you do in the community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mom of two boys and I am currently attending school. We are a low income family and I cant afford to buy a laptop wich I need so much. I asked the people who work at the Ecumenical Hunger program of by any chance they have a laptop (to be honest, I never expected to get one) but they made me believe that angels does exist and I swear I cried! Thank you very much for making people who are in need feel that there is hope still in this world where sometimes others discrimonates us because we are not rich like them! Thank you very much God bless you guys

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!)