As a volunteer at EHP, I see first-hand how essential this organization is to our community. Whether providing, food, clothing, household items, school supplies or other resources, EHP gives people the kind of support that changes lives. The staff is wonderful: compassionate, hardworking, and focused on serving the community thoughtfully and respectfully. Really an amazing organization!
During hard times I come to EHP for help and they are always giving. I also enjoy the variety of supplies they have.
When COVID 19 struck, EHP pivoted quickly in response to the enormous need in the community to obtain food. As months of business closures and high unemployment have passed, EHP continues to provide nourishment to existing and new clients as well as monetary assistance with necessities such as keeping the lights on and ensuring timely rent payments. As a donor, I'm confident that the money I give is used wisely and directly to satisfy the most basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.
I first experienced EHP as a volunteer, bagging groceries for Holiday meals. As I found out more about the organization and the many good things they do for individuals and families in our community, I wanted to do more. So I've given money and shared my professional expertise with this outstanding nonprofit in the hopes that it will thrive and grow over the next years as it has done since its inception in 1975.
"If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path." Whether you are a volunteer, employee, donor, or client, EHP welcomes you with open arms into their family. Everyone is always treated with warmth and respect. EHP is a great organization providing food, clothing, furniture, support services and more to people in need in our community and helping there is incredibly rewarding.
EHP is an amazing organization that provides material assistance and support services to families and individuals facing financial hardship. EHP offers emergency food boxes, clothing, furniture, and household supplies as well as many programs throughout the year to help people who are struggling to make ends meet. These include holiday gift giving and family sharing, Make-A-Wish Birthday parties and a Back to School program. The staff is extremely compassionate and nonjudgmental. In operation for 44 years, EHP has turned around the lives of some of their former clients as evidenced by the return of these folks and their children who are now donors and volunteers at EHP. I've had the pleasure of talking to some of the people helped by EHP and they always mention their extreme gratitude not just for the material help received but for the caring support of the EHP team who helped them through their difficult time.
EHP(Ecumenical Hunger Program) is an independent, community based non-profit that serves anyone who needs food, clothing or furniture. They have manged to stay open and serving people food during this Covid 19 pandemic. EHP staff are dedicated to the mission of EHP, serving those in need with dignity and compassion. Anyone who needs help will find it at EHP, whether it be an immediate need like food or referrals for help with housing or other needs.
My family got involved with EHP in 1984, helping pack and deliver boxes of food at the Holidays. We now do this with our grandchildren. The values that EHP embodies and shares are values that I wish would spread over all of our society.
EHP has been helpful in many aspects of my life. EHP has helped me with food, reaching out to other resources, and giving support. EHP is changing and helping lives daily.
"I come into a world of iron, to make it A world of Gold".
Dale Wasserman from Don Quixote Man of La Mancha
Let's start with staff… Hearts of Gold working overtime.
I have never seen anyone work so hard in my life!!!
The Ecumenical Hunger Program hums with the driven, dedicated, devoted staff and army of compassionate mindful volunteers doing what seems like the impossible dream.
They bring Hearts and minds, unique & beautiful souls together working for the greater good.
In this climate of division, apathy and willful ignorance...
EHP is A conduit of Grace, by treating the individual with true respect, warmth and generosity. They walk their talk and they continually solidly “Represent".
They are not perfect people, you can often see the tiredness and stress
but they are perfect for the community of humanity and to the overwhelming task that they have taken on, to bring relief, assistance and comfort into a realm that is overflowing with pain and despair.
There are no words to describe the gratitude I feel knowing that they are here fighting the good fight.
With sincerest wonder and gratitude,
May we all Walk in Balance and in Beauty.
All my Relations
As a former client I know first hand the help EHP has provided my family and I when I was most at need. Now as an employee it feels great to honestly offer and speak high volumes of the services we provide to families. Aside food assistance and basic daily living items such as toiletries we provide connections to other agencies that assist in funding for housing, social services, and legal aid. The holidays are the best time of the year as we help with Halloween costumes for the children, Thanksgiving distributions so our families have a home cooked meal, and our Christmas wish list where we assure each child receives a gift they'd treasure for a lifetime. EHP has done more than offer materialistic things, but has provided a feeling of security when others feel there's nowhere to turn to. EHP is home..
I've been involved with EHP for 20 years, as a volunteer in many parts of the organization and as a former board member. EHP has continued year after year, for over 40 years, to provide critically important support to individuals and families experiencing economic hardship in Silicon Valley. It's no surprise to anyone who knows this area that even extended families, living in one apartment, with two or more adults earning at or near the minimum wage cannot make ends meet. EHP's vital role is to provide a safety net -- food, clothing, household goods, furniture, children's programs, and referral services -- that keeps people from despair and homelessness. With a dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers, everyone receives the support they need, and more importantly, their spirits are lifted because they are treated with respect, dignity, and always a warm smile.
I have been a supporter of the ecumenical hunger program for over 20 years. Doing that time I've seen them help people change their lives. EHP is a fantastic resource for people in need. They are an important part of our community and worthy of our support.
The Ecumenical Hunger Program has been helping those in need with food, clothing and household goods for 40 years. EHP accept donations at its campus as well as online and by scheduled pick ups. Located in East Palo Alto, EHP is dedicated to helping its neighbors in need. Join me in supporting this excellent program.
I continue believing in and being a part of Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP). After all these years my love for this program hasn't changed. EHP is an amazing program that helps many people in need.
I believe the greatest thing about Ecumenical Hunger Program is that we are able to touch the lives of numerous families (people).
EHP helps people in need food, clothing, furniture and in a variety of other ways!
I have been a part of the EHP family for many years. It's an amazing program, helping those in need since 1975.
I've been involved with the Ecumenical Hunger Program, (EHP) since 2001. Over the years, I've heard stories from clients telling me how the programs and food boxes gave them the edge to sustain between paychecks. There is encouragement to keep their children in school. One person was a child when his family became involve with EHP. Today with his own family now, he told me, it was because of EHP my family made it. All my sibling
have graduated from college. Because of EHP's help, we all have succeeded.
EHP's campus is a place to come, to sign up for food boxes, the clothes closet, or household items. While on campus, you may see clients doing anything from picking up food boxes to sitting at the picnic tables while watching their children run on the grass. It's a very warm enviroment to refresh yourself.
A good portion of the work at EHP is done by volunteers. Volunteers are individual, families, groups from schools, scouting troops. Many volunteers are ex-clients wanting to help others as they were helped.
85% of the donations go to program. EHP is a donor driven organization. They do not apply for any government grants. All the clothes and household items are donated to EHP
It is hard to express the extent EHP has touched & helped so many lives in the last 45 years. It is a remarkable nonprofit.
EHP is a true blessing to the community! I have witnessed over the many years that I have been affiliated with this organization; the many wonderful things they have done for so many people. They are one in a million! From the wonderful staff and volunteers that assist the clientele, to the amazing clients and donors that you encounter daily... it's truly a great experience. I have never encountered an organization that goes above and beyond to help those in need. Not only do they provide a service to those, but they also provide support and friendship. They have continued to serve the community with food, clothing, furniture, resources and more! If you aren't involved, you're missing out. No greater joy than to see a family have their needs met, than seeing it in person, time and time again. Grateful for EHP filling the need of the community! THANK YOU!
I've been involved with EHP (Ecumenical Hunger Program) for 15 years, as a donor, volunteer, and past board member. Whether it's handing out food, or helping people to select clothing for themselves or their children, or picking up much-needed furniture ... EHP staff and volunteers are always there to help, with a broad smile on their faces. Children whose families were given a lifeline by EHP many years ago come back to help others, sometimes two and three generations staying connected. EHP is a caring, critical source of support for people who are stretched to the breaking point by the punishing financial reality of Silicon Valley. It has been a privilege to play a small part in bettering the lives of thousands of adults and children in our community.
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 first experienced the work that EHP does in the community by connecting with them through my church almost 30 years ago. When I came on site as a volunteer, I was impressed by the way EHP connected to the local community and really listened to the needs of the population they were serving. Although food insecurity is the number 1 issue that their services address, the case managers, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to provide much more to the folks in the community through other services, coordination, and loving kindness. This is a great organization that continues to impress me with the way they have grown and continued to serve East Palo Alto and the surrounding cities. They deserve support and contributions from the community as they continue to work to support their neighbors in times of great need.
I have worked for EHP for over 5 years now and was a volunteer before then. The impact this organization has had on my life has been tremendous! With this organization, I have been able to meet people from all walks of life and lend a hand up. It reminds me daily that in this time where the cost of living has sky rocketed, most people are only a pay check away from being homeless. This organization really helps those who are in need to close that gap and to fulfill their most basic needs like clothing, dishes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper and most of all FOOD!! As an employee here, we have the opportunity to make a difference in so many peoples' lives and that is why I can wake up in the morning and be excited to go to work each day; I never know whose life I may touch when I step on our campus!
Ecumenical Hunger Program is an amazing organization. I have seen first hand the care and compassion the staff gives to those in need, always giving service with a smile. I have worked at the program on a temporary basis and volunteered - I was blessed to be a part of something so special - Thank you to EHP!
The face of poverty is changing and especially more so in our community. With the soaring cost of housing in the Bay Area, many working families and individuals, including teachers, caregivers, and service workers, make too much to qualify for government aid or subsidized housing and yet cannot afford to pay their basic living expenses without falling into debt or forgoing other needs such as medical or dental care. EHP helps to fill this gap by providing essentials such as fresh, nutritious food, clothing, shoes, household goods and furniture. EHP offers moral support, advocacy, and many children services that help their clients remain hopeful and resilient as they try to build a more secure future. What really makes EHP stand out is the respect and caring the staff shows to each and every person who comes seeking aid. They are non-judgmental and really care about what happens to their clients. As one person who used their services put it, "EHP is the only place that wouldn't let me fall through the cracks. They were there to pick me up when other agencies failed me."
EHP delivers services with a smile and compassion. My experience volunteering at EHP has been eye-opening to the needs in our community. Thankfully EHP is there to help fill the needs of our neighbors.
My family and I have been supporters of Ecumenical Hunger Program for over 25 years. EHP is an incredible organization on so many levels. First the level of compassion that they exhibit with each and every person they serve is remarkable. The variety of ways they support people and families in need is wonderful - food, clothing, furnishings. The incredibly supportive programs that work with families in need. Finally a staff that truly cares and works incredibly hard. I have worked with various non-profits all my life and EHP is truly an outstanding and effective organization making a positive difference in the lives of so many disadvantaged people.
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a phenomenal organization. I've had the opportunity to speak with individuals who shared they are tremendously bless by the goods and services they receive from EHP. In addition to food boxes, the organization also provides furnisher, bedding, household essentials, and clothing for various occasions. EHP also host a monthly legal clinic. During the summer months free hot meals are available to the public Monday-Friday, and during the Fall season, twice a month. There are monthly and seasonal fun activities for children, along with other services at various times throughout the year.
EHP hard working staff and volunteers are committed to treating those we serve with compassion, respect and dignity. Situated in the heart of a community that have seen a rise in homelessness, struggling families, and individuals, EHP stands as a beacon of hope to East Palo Alto, and the surrounding communities.
Each day throughout all of the news media or even walking or driving down our local streets, we are reminded of how difficult the lack of affordable housing and the ever-increasing prices for everything has made it for families in need that are struggling to manage just the most basic needs. Most of us don't know what it is like to have to live outside, in a garage, in a car or out of a backpack or worry that there isn't enough food to feed our family on a daily basis. To suffer the anxiety of these concerns is made even more difficult for those that don't have a support system to turn to - no matter how hard they work! EHP is a support system and the "ray of hope" for many who feel hopeless. It is so gratifying to know that EHP is able to change "hopeless" into HOPE for families in our community by providing emergency food, gently used clothing, household essentials, furniture and hygiene items as well as offering special support programs and referrals free of charge to their clients. EHP provides these services as a "hand-up" as opposed to a "hand out" in a caring and compassionate way. Donations of gently used items are not sold or stored but distributed immediately to people who really need them. This is a great benefit to their clients but also to everyone in the community as donated items do not end up cluttering our earth by staying in landfills forever. To see someone go to EHP for services who feels alone and uncared for, receive much needed help and leave with a smile on their face and hope for the future is incredibly rewarding. By volunteering or donating gently used items or sharing a financial contribution, anyone can join EHP in changing lives for the better and can be part of "Neighbors helping Neighbors with Food and So Much More!" Once you become a donor or volunteer at EHP and witness the immediate impact that your contribution brings, I think that you will find that you are giving yourself a wonderful gift! Reach out to EHP and change someone's life for the better today!
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.
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.
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.
They helped to put much needed household items in the house and they all worked like brand new.
EHP is a great organization that helps people in need. Service given with compassion and respect to all!
EHP has been around for many years and has helped many families in need. Whether it be by providing clothing, food, toys, or household items, they are there for you. However they are not just around assist the unemployed or less fortunate, they are also there for people with full time jobs who may be just going through tough times and may need some assistance. The staff, Lisa, Leah, Kiesha, etc are absolutely the best and might I add they are all very professional and they treat everyone with respect and dignity. I love EHP
EHP is a great agency that provides food, clothing, furniture and other necessities to those in need. The staff and volunteers give service with compassion. EHP truly cares! I have been connected to this program for over 10 years as a volunteer and it has been a rewarding experience. Even though the program is in the business of giving; everyone involved receives something.
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a remarkable nonprofit that been serving East Palo Alto and nearby communities for decades. Although the name implies its core business is food assistance, the nonprofit does so much more! It also provides clothing, household essentials, counseling, and support for those who are experiencing hardship. The dedicated employees are truly amazing, and I am so proud and honored to be a supporter of EHP.
I have worked as a volunteer for EHP since 1985, and remain active in that role. It has impressed me as a high-integrity and high-energy organization that has remarkable compassion and sensitivity in a community, East Palo Alto and adjoining eastern Menlo Park, which are surrounded by affluence while their citizens struggle as the working poor.
I have served as a Board Member, Advisory Board Member (Friends of EHP, probono volunteer lawyer and for food distribution and delivery.
No other nonprofit group has touched my heart as much as EHP has, and this is due principally to its caring and capable staff, and its devoted volunteers.
Excellent organization with great staff serving a good cause.
I have volunteered at the Ecumenical Hunger Program for many years and it's a great program with a caring staff. Working at EHP has been very rewarding for me; helping people in need with food, clothing and furniture. Sometimes people come by just to talk and receive support from the staff and there is always someone available to welcome them and show care & concern. Growing up things were not easy for my family and I remember food boxes being delivered by EHP. This is why I became a volunteer - to give back to the community I grew up in and support the agency that helped my family in our time of need.
The Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) is a great place. The staff truly cares about people and they work hard to help those in need with a variety of services. The true meaning of Neighbors helping Neighbors! EHP really cares...
7/17/2012: I stopped by Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto to ask about potential volunteer opportunities for groups. They had an information sheet detailing different options, but they also needed help right now. They were preparing for their monthly food distribution, and needed help splitting the pallets of groceries into boxes for the 80-100 families that would be showing up in a little bit more than an hour. I offered to stick around, and was soon at work packing boxes: 2 large cans of pear halves, 3 smaller ones of peaches, 2 packs of tortillas, 4 smaller cans of apple sauce, 2 pound bags each of rice and pinto beans, a 64-oz bottle of spiced cranberry juice, a half-gallon of milk, a 2 pound bag of pre-washed salad, a watermelon and a cantaloupe. Other groups were packing meats (not sure of all that went into it, but looked to be a dozen eggs, a one-pound pack of hot dogs, a one-pound tube of ground sausage, and 2 1-pound packs of cold cuts (baloney or ham). A third group was packing fruits and vegetables. This being summer in California, there was a nice selection of nectarines, oranges, broccoli, corn, onions and probably more that I didn’t see.
At 5 PM, not only was the distribution done, but the area had been restored to its prior, clean state. Empty boxes were gone. The leftovers were in the food pantry. The tables were taken down and stored, and the parking lot had been swept. It was a remarkable display of efficiency, taking the volunteer efforts of probably a dozen people, some of us first-timers, and getting a large task done in a short time. Staff members Suliana and Jackie deserve credit for getting us all together to get everything done. Overall, a very positive experience.
I love volunteering at EHP. They do such wonderful things for the community. I have volunteered in lots of different areas at EHP, however I feel most connected when I pack food box for families.
Ecumenical Hunger Program is a wonderful agency, willing to help anyone in need. The staff gives friendly service and is very compassionate.
I have been involved with the Ecumenical Hungar Program, (EHP), have been as donor for 11 years & 9 years as their bookkeeper. What I have seen over the years is a caring and supportive program to help clients in their most dire times. Food, clothing, furniture is given to help the clients. Financial assistance for various utilities bills, partial rent pd, or money for gas, all given to clients, but only one time. In return I have seen clients turn their lives around, pull themselves up and no longer need assistance. There is now a summer program for children, Wednesday Nite Meals, Women's Support Groups besides their Holiday Program for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I cannot say enough about EHP and it's programs. This is a 100% donor driven nonprofit, which is why since 2008 to current, EHP has still able to help the community.
I have been a volunteer, board member and donor of the Ecumenical Hunger Program for over 20 years. I have seen countless families helped, single women encouraged and so very many lives changed positively that I think the organization could be a model for the country. I know children whose mothers were clients who now have graduated from college and have positive lives and are role models for the community. I have also volunteered in many ways but seeing the Holiday distribution and how it boosts the spirits of families in need is always the best.
As an EHP volunteer, I have seen families receive boxes of food when they really needed it, clothing for parents to go a job interview, jackets for children when it was cold and gifts for children at Christmas.
I have delivered boxes of food to senior citizens who had no transportation or money for food.
Also, I have seen women receive counseling and support for the first time in their lives. What a difference that has made in the lives of their families!
I started volunteering in the Clothes Closet at EHP after retiring from teaching two years ago. I thought I would really miss my job since it had been so fulfilling, but EHP has made me "worn out with happiness". I work harder than I ever did at school and I just love it. The Closet provides donated and in good condition, clothing, linens, and kitchen items to people in need. Our clients are people from a variety of cultures, ages, and circumstances in the community. An African American woman can find a suitable suit for a job interview, or a retired couple can get blankets and sheets. A young Latino mother can pick out coats for her children, or a Pacific Islander can get pots and pans. A just released from prison white man can get boots and socks, and my favorite, elderly women, can look for new outfits for church. The staff is the hardest working group of people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Everybody seems to be doing at least two projects at the same time, while being friendly, kind , helpful and caring to the clients and to the volunteers. So I say - Volunteer and improve YOUR quality of life!
Worked with them for a couple of years when they had to move from the space they were renting. Throughout the process of designing a usable space for themselves and their clients, they were concerned mainly for the people they served. They thought only about the needs of the people in the community and what would work best for distributing food and clothing. All the people in the organization pulled together and volunteered their time and money to help.
This long-established charity is a model of community-based assistance to people in need of life's basics: food, clothing and shelter. They are well-trained, compassionate and hard-working community members, and I have watched them make a difference in the lives of men, women, children and families over the last 25+ years.
I was at first a volunteer for holiday food distributions, but I quickly wanted to get more involved when I saw the good EHP was doing in the community. I'm currently a board member for EHP, and am constantly touched when I see the hard work that volunteers and staff put into helping the community.
I've been volunteering at the EHP for two years now, following my retirement from full-time teaching. Although I also volunteer elsewhere by tutoring, being at the EHP allows me to help others with physical problems. I work in the clothes closet, mainly sorting donated clothing and putting it in the appropriate bin, on the right shelf, or on the correct rack. Sometimes I also deal with toiletries, kitchenware, and dishes. I also work with clients two days a month when we have clothing distributions to accompany food distributions. I enjoy the chance to use a little Spanish with many of the clients. I have also collected toiletries from former colleagues, to be given to the homeless.
EHP had been on my "radar" for a long time. For years I drove with my children to their various former sites in East Palo Alto to drop off donations. Then, two years ago I was planning my college Senior Project and looking for a non-profit organizationto work with. When I approached EHP, everybody there was friendly, personable and helpful- in spite of an inclredible daily workload - and the need in the community they support was so obvious that we came to an agreement right away. While running the project, I became a 'regular' volunteer and met the dedicated staff and volunteers; many have been with the organization for a long time, some even since the organization's beginnings in the seventies. After graduation I joined the board, where I met more friendly and committed people. Overall I have been most impressed with the warmth, compassion, respect, and tenacity that have kept this oganization afloat. If in any way possible, no client is turned away here, an approach that is only possible because EHP does not accept government funding, but relies entirely on donations and grants. I greatly enjoy the contact with clients and the wonderful people working at EHP. I am extremely impressed how this organization has kept operations running in times of greatest challenge. Each and everyone including many board members have pitched in to fill the gaps and make sure that this important community support survives. How essential EHP is becomes obvious when we take a look at its history, its growth over the years from a church closet to a designated disaster relief center and major provider of basic support for the poor. Currently the numbers of people seeking help, with food, housing, clothing, referrals for work, family and other issues, are rising, and donations, especially cash donations, are harder to come by. One of the biggest challenges for this organization has been that it has not been able - in spite of frugality - to retain a bigger financial cushion. Like many relief organizations, EHP needs and uses practically every dollar that comes in to help clients and keep its East Palo Alto campus running. Every week, clients come in for food distributions, furniture, diapers, bedding, clothes and shoes, and other necessities, and whenever we cannot provide what the client needs, because we ran out of comforters or school uniforms or children's size 10 shoes, I do wish I had the millions to invest in this great community asset; not only to be able to buy enough school clothes or make EHP more financially secure, but also to add facilities and expand essential programs, like Back-to-School, Tutoring, or Women's Support Group. EHP improves the lives of so many people every day, it is an indispensable resource in this area. The entire community profits from better educated, well-fed, well-housed, employed, and generally content members. The children, our so-called "future", which make up almost 50% of clients, need food, a stable home, parent support, and a decent education to become productive adults. As long as there are still families without food or housing, children without supplies or clothes for school, people without education, work or health care, we can all contribute to the general well-being of our communities by supporting organizations like EHP!
Before joining the board, I served as a volunteer and participant at various EHP events. Helping families in need in my community is truly rewarding, and I can't imagine not being involved in some capacity with charitable work. I am very happy to have chosen EHP as my charitable focus; the staff, board memebers, and volunteers are such caring and compassionate people. It is an honor to work with them.