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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the governing board of Family Supportive Housing sixteen years ago when it was still named San Jose Family Shelter. I was attracted to it because of the word "Family". It soon became an important part of my life. Having retired from a 25 year career as a fundraiser for Stanford University, I felt that I could be helpful in finding sources of funding to assist what, at that time, was a new and strugling enterprise. Through these several years, (during twelve of which my wife also volunteered her services...as the organization's bookkeeper)I've seen hundreds of families, many of which were guided by two parents and many by only one, brought back to a life of self sufficiency. There's nothing quite as moving as hearing a young child say something like, "This is the nicest room I've ever slept in," or upon returning from the summer camp to which we send several dozen children each year, hearing a youngster (who never before had experienced anything like it) say "What a great week it was. When I grow up I'm gong to be a camp counsellor!" It's been a most rewarding 16 years; a challenge to do well while doing good. I most enthusiastically recommend serving such a cause for anyone who is at all interested in helping give unfortunate people, especially children, a hand up.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This truly unique agency provides a service vital to the protection of families at risk. When a family looses their housing unless they live in the car there are no shelters that will take the whole family in. This is the service that Family Supportive housing offers with warm and tender care for each member of the family.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2005, after having worked in the television news business in various parts of the country for more than 20 years, I decided to take some time off from the "professional" world. My focus turned to raising my three children and doing some community service work. Over the years, I had done many stories on homelessness and the agencies that served the homeless population. Having worked in the San Jose area for 14 years, I had run across The San Jose Family Shelter in the course of news coverage and was very impressed with it's mission. Family Supportive Housing, as the umbrella organization is called, operates services that not only provide temporary shelter for homeless families with children, but works from the very beginning to guide those families to self sufficiency. Before I left the news business, I had already met some of the families who sought help there. I began donating money and other items I thought people could use. But it was not until I ran into Executive Director Trish Crowder at a wholesale grocery store one day in the summer of 2006 that I really began to learn what a truly valuable operation FSH is. Trish asked me outright if I would consider serving on their board of directors and I was flattered and intrigued. I got to know a few other board members and a little more about what the organization did and I became a true devotee. For the past two years, I have worked to raise the organization's visibility in the Silicon Valley, helped to raise desperately needed funds for operating, and taken part in an ambitious and exciting capital project to build a "green" replacement shelter to better serve a critical segment of our population: families in need. It has been an honor to be involved with such a giving organization with a truly dedicated staff and board of directors.

21

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Supportive Housing addresses the core needs of homeless families. They recognize the importance and value of keeping the family together and the need to educate to break the chain of homelessness. The programs they offer to develop the domestic skills needed to become self sufficient is the greatest insurance policy we as a community can give the children in these homeless families. The shelter also walks the talk by creating and enforcing it's own budget and skills as an organization. It is the most efficiently run non-profit I have been involved with or aware of. The first time I toured the shelter and entered the daycare center all the children were sleeping except one. She was a little girl being held by the daycare worker. She was only about two years old. She looked at me and stared wondering who this man was. She looked frighten at first but as she continued to stare at me, a smile came over her face. The look was as if she felt like someone had given her hope. This is the moment for me, when I decide I would fight for this little girl and others like her so that they will eventually rise out of homelessness and stand self sufficient once again. I received ten times the reward from the shelter from my involvement. They can and do change a child's life. The most precious possession a child has is not his/ her home, toys, clothes or any other material thing, but it is their family. The shelter fights to keep the family together.

13

Board Member

Rating: 5

I call Family Supportive Housing "the little train that could" because Trish Crowder, Executive Director has created a warm and welcoming environment as an oasis in the middle of an industrial area. Holidays are celebrated, nutritious and good smelling food is provided and you receive a smile from the front desk when you walk in. FSH will be moving to a new home in a residential neighborhood in the near future, but the oasis in the industrial neighborhood has been the launching place for many successful new beginnings filled with hope and I for one will not forget how one person created more than shelter.