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Mission: To provide temporary housing and supportive services for homeless families in Santa Clara County to empower them to move out of homeless to self-sufficiency in our community.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County

Programs: Fsh's san jose family shelter is the only shelter in santa clara county that exclusively serves homeless families. There, fsh operates 35 efficiency apartments 365 days per year; prepare 186,000 hot meals in a commercial kitchen and dining room; and provide needed medical screenings, childcare, laundry facilities, transportation assistance, and a clothes closet to clients. Fsh helps families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by focusing attention first on meeting critical survival needs of homeless children and their parents, and then on identifying barriers to their self-sufficient living in the community. We provide supportive services for adults including life skills workshops on education, finances, nutrition, jobs and computer skills; parenting skills and domestic violence prevention workshops; a parents' playgroup to helps adults learn about stages of child development; and a mom's group that offers parenting support and advice. Supportive services for children include the homework enrichment program, which provides daily, supervised academic assistance, skill development and enrichment activities to some 150 children in grades k-12 each year. 165 families benefited from our shelter program this year. A total of 188 housing, financial and employment workshops and 4,160 hours of dedicated case management enabled 75% of our families to successfully achieving self-sufficiency. 225 children strengthened their educational skills in our homework enrichment program. Bridges aftercare is an essential part of helping these families to maintain success, after they complete fsh's shelter program. Aftercare provides an additional twelve months of case management and access to supportive services, once families are in permanent housing. 90% of our families completed this program successfully this year.

fsh's glennart arms transitional housing program offers scattered-site apartments to homeless families throughout santa clara county. Qualifying families pay 30% of income and receive an array of supportive services focused on increasing income and education, to support independent living within 12-24 months. Six of our twenty one families graduated this year.

the shelter's on-site, licensed voyager child development program facility offers 16 childcare slots five days per week to families struggling to regain control of their lives. 133 children built a strong foundation in our voyager child development program.

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