I began helping this agency over twenty years ago serving homeless men a meal on Sunday night. I joined the board ten years ago and have seen the mission serve men, women and children find housing, learn to get a job or to improve to a better job. They provide interim housing and services to aid the residents find permanent housing. They offer services in English and Spanish . They provide life skills training, health assessment and financial skills to help the resident become self sufficient .
I have done volunteer work at the agency for homeless men, women and children. I started by providing Sunday night dinner when the cook was off. We were a team of three and cooked and served the residents. This was indeed an activity that made us feel that we were needed. We loved interacting with the residents and they told us how much they loved our meals.
A friendy and warm enviroment. A system that works. The participants are expected to follow house rules but are also made to feel part of a family. Not your average shelter. It encourages and assists the participants to become self suffient once again and gives them the life skills to maintain the knowledge learned at SJOM.
San Jose Obrero Mission is a non-profit organization that really helps the people in need. Not only by providing our men, women, and families with shelter and food but with so much more. SJOM provides programs like life skill and career classes so our men and women are equipped for the real world. SJOM is preparing each person to get back into society by helping them find a job and a place to live. As a volunteer coordinator I have seen the reward of helping out the families by taking care of the kids so mom can go and find a job or go to that job interview. Honestly, being a volunteer and serving the people in my community is the best job ever.
I have witnessed first hand the good this organization does for the community. They provide comprehensive services to the clients there, from life skills to job skills to meals. I was impressed at the lengths they go to to help the clients. From trying to hunt down documentation for benefits and I was so impressed by the quality of meals they served. The shelters are super clean and very safe. I was honored to volunteer there and feel they are such an asset to the community.
I have worked with the Executive Director of San Jose for years on various homeless initiatives. When Israel became the director of this amazing shelter in the Pilsen area in Chicago it was as if that corner of the neighborhood had been lifted up. Israel is a great leader and his staff is very caring and professional. The men and woman they serve have told me on more than one occasion how much they feel valued and supported. That means a lot for this particular community.