I spent a few days over the holidays helping in the food closet. Volunteers and staff members prepared many food boxes for families in the community for the holidays. Everyone worked
hard and efficiently with a sense of humor and much empathy for families in need.
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a wonderful organization. The staff, board & volunteers are amazing!
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a humanitarian organization serving people in need. Generosity begins at home and EHP exemplifies this. It's a great agency!
As the Director of an emergency social service organization, I find myself constantly thinking of the issues EHP’s families face on a day to day basis, all the while struggling to find sustainable solutions for their problems. I worry about immediate and critical issues but I am also concerned about the future as I think of my own children and grandchildren. This is why EHP has focused so much on sustainability, not only for our families but also within our programs. We are teaching our children how to grow their own food, to be kind to the environment, to recycle everything that we cannot readily use and to be really thoughtful in the choices we make. We have changed our food program to allow individuals and families to choose what goes into their food boxes to reduce food waste. 75% of our campus is operated off of solar power. Clothing items that cannot be used, are recycled through a rags program. In essence, EHP is one big recycling program as over 95% of in-kind items donated, are distributed directly to families in need for secondary use.
It hit me as I began to write this letter that although EHP provides direct assistance to our neighbors in need within our own communities, we are also having a global impact. Although on a small scale, we are doing our best to care for our environment through sustainable operations while also promoting sustainable living among our families. This is only possible because of the generous support from our donor and volunteer community.
A hand-up with integrity, confidentiality and respect is what Ecumenical Hunger Program model to those we serve. Staff and volunteers are courteous and always available to assist those in need. In addition to Food, EHP also provides clothing, furniture, household items, and monthly events such as Make-a-Birthday Wish for children whose family we serve, Ask-a-lawyer client, free weekly Wednesday Night meal at a local church, and more!
If you are in need of any of our good and services, please contact EHP today!
This nonprofit is a little beacon of light for the community. The employees touch many people. Food is the main service. Other services and direction are given to help the clients on to living independently. No one is ever turned away. Most people live in the community, though some have had to move outside of the area, due to the increase in rent. But they are still served. For some clients it maybe as little as one box of food that helps them subsist month to month. Many times When someone hungry comes knocking at the door after hours, but management is still there, they will be given a box of food. The Ecumenical Hunger Program is a blessing to the community.
The Ecumenical Hunger Program has help and served hundreds of families over 40 years, with food, clothing and household items. The stories of how this program helped a family make it through tough, lean days warms my heart. Past clients want to give back. They return to volunteer or donate money to help other families through difficult times. This is such a worthy nonprofit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EHP is a warm, helpful place that gives people what they need: food, clothing, furniture, hugs. And theyhave been doing this since 1975.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!)
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a staple in the community of East Palo Alto, CA that provides food, clothing, and furniture to low-income and extremely poor families. I have personally volunteered at this program and I noticed the extent to which they go out of their way to assist those in need. The staff is friendly, inviting, and very attentive to their clients. I have seen people walk away from their facilities with smiles on their faces and tears of joy rolling down their cheeks thanks to the services and caring environment that EHP is able to provide. The rest of the non-profits in the area could learn from the quality of service that EHP exhibits. Kudos to EHP and I hope they continue their good work for many years to come.
The memories I have of the nearly five years I spent working at the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)- under Nevida Butler- are among the most precious and enriching in my life, for many reasons... All of EHP's efforts go directly into helping people/families in need- from offering food assistance and household items, to job search support- but I remember there was always a priority on serving with compassion and joy... Many times I saw people come into EHP looking depressed, and yet leaving with their heads held just a little higher. And that's largely because EHP is a 'community-builder': clients, volunteers and staff, all become part of an informal and life-enriching community support network. EHP is a gift.
When I needed help for the holidays they stepped in and gave to me. I have also seen families turn to to them in there struggle and they not only provided assistance but they cared and gave a real hug.
I have lived in East Palo Alto over 40 years and I can truly say without the help and kindness of EHP many families would be without food, clothing . furniture not to mention Christmas presents, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for their families. School clothes and school supplies for their children to be ready to start the school year. EHP is a God Send to this community over the years.
EHP is a kind and loving non profit that does wonders for the community. Their generosity and welcoming arms will always resonate with me.