ST FRANCIS CENTER OF REDWOOD CITY

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 151 Buckingham Ave Redwood City CA 94063 USA

Mission: Since 1986, we have provided women and children with a hospitable place to receive nutritious food and needed clothing. Since our inception, we have expanded our basic services to include housing, education, an annual Christmas toy giveaway, and most recently, a 3000 square foot community garden.
Programs:  We:- Alleviate suffering by providing direct social services to the economically disadvantaged and disenfranchised.- Increase the marketability of our clients by providing skill- building courses.- Reduce and help break the cycle of poverty by providing a solid value-based education to selected client family cohorts.- Address the desperate need for affordable housing by owning and operating an apartment complex specifically designated to serve families with very low incomes.- Beautify the neighborhood and give client families the numerous therapeutic and practical benefits afforded by a community garden.- Foster nurturing relationships, encourage self-determination, and advocate for change in systems that oppress.- Refer clients to agencies with whom we network.

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Rating: 5 stars  

St. Francis Center is a wonderful place that helps low income individuals and families in the Redwood City area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

For over 25-years, the St. Francis Center's mission has been to serve the low-income in our community with "Compassion not Judgment". I began as a volunteer in the clothing "store" at the Center over 4 years ago, where I sorted clothing, bedding and linens one morning per week along with a wonderful group of seasoned volunteers. Before long, I became more involved with the fundraising aspects and administrative end of this non-profit. I continue to be profoundly moved by the variety of FREE services that are provided by this non-denominational organization: take home food program, clothing, shower and laundry facility, rental assistance, holiday toy give-away program, low-income housing, re-homing of children's books and toys, computer classes for adult women, mother and child literacy program (Holy Family School), ESL, GED for men and women, classes to establish a business plan and budget for new businesses, community garden family plots, and immigration services. In addition, the Center opened the Siena Youth Center, a new community gym, in 2011 to provide at-risk kids with a safe place to be tutored, mentored and participate in sporting activities as a positive alternative to the ever-present influence of street-gangs where they live. This amazing, well-run non-profit is not funded by the Archdiosese, so please consider a donation in support of the Center's mission. Volunteers in the food room, clothing store, and tutors are always welcome, as well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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