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Hopes Corner Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: To provide meals to the hungry at the corner of hope and mercy and showers to the unhoused.

Programs: Activities are directed toward the mission of feeding the hungry and providing showers to the unhoused.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When the moratorium happened, my unhoused situation turned bottomless. I was experiencing an indefinite free fall. The places that were essential to my situation were no longer accessible. The college where I was attending refused to provide a place where there is charging outlets, bathroom and wifi in order to do homework and study for the upcoming finals. The county Supervisor's office directed me to the local emergency network agencies which were unable to help. The free fall continued without any sense of hope. Then I came across Hope's Corner. True to its name, my falling has turned a corner to hope. As Leslie at Hope's Corner was thinking aloud the possible solutions to my situation, I began to feel the ground beneath my feet again. A few days later, she told me to come pick up the batteries for my laptop. I was able to complete that school's quarter. The chargers continue to enable me to have a temporary remote job and provide much needed income for my essential expenses. Hope's Corner not only provided the vital help for my dire needs, they gave me hope. I have been blessed to experience what genuine caring is. Hope's Corner listened and actually feel my predicament and took action where all the others did not bother to even try. Thank you Hope's Corner. You are a true inspiration by your actions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Hope's Corner for 2.5 years or so, and it has truly been a blessing to be a part of this amazing organization. The clients are served hot meals, to go bags, and pre-COVID 19, have an opportunity for hot showers every week. No client is turned away, and its clear that there is a need for these services, along with the chance for community that comes with them. The other volunteers are amazing - super generous, open-hearted, hard-working, committed, and faithful. I am always humbled by them, especially those who have served faithfully since its inception.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering on and off for 1.5 years, and on a regular team for thelast 4 months. This group of individuals, from volunteers to the board members, are honestly the most devoted I have been affiliated with. Their only goal is working as smart, and hard as necessary, wth the goal of providing food and other necessities for those with both short- and long-term requirements.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope's Corner is a wonderful nonprofit that serves homeless, low-income, and vulnerable people in Mountain View and the surrounding cities. The volunteers who volunteer their time at Hope's Corner are warm and compassionate and their heart for those they serve really shines through in their service. (Pre-pandemic) Not only does Hope's Corner provide fresh meals, they also provide charging devices, a shower service, and more. During the pandemic, Hope's Corner provides to-go meals and delivery service. They do so much great work for the community and are very well-organized.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope's Corner does wonderful work for individuals in Mountain View. They serve up a hot, healthy, delicious meal for anyone who requests a meal. In addition, the visitors get a bag of healthy snacks too! When guests arrive for a meal, they are greeted by a group of smiling, friendly, helpful volunteers who genuinely care about the well-being of those who come for a meal. Friendship, dignity and a warm, healthy meal makes Hope's Corner an amazing nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very special organization. My family has volunteered here since Hope's Corner was established. They are housed right in my neighborhood and allowed me to bring my children to assist with serving breakfast. Over the years, we have helped out with prep/cooking days, shower service, serving a hot breakfast, and, during COVID-19, prepping drive-up meals to go. The clients and other volunteers are kind and interesting people. Volunteering here is always an engaging and uplifting experience. The leadership (board) of Hope's Corner is exceptional. They serve as exemplars for how a non-profit should be run. They are especially skilled at working with the surrounding community at all levels and bringing many different parties together to make positive and lasting changes that benefit all. We love Hope's Corner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many days in our lives, we live in the junction of Hope and Mercy. Hope’s Corner is the perfect organization in the correct location at the corner of Hope St. and Mercy St. in Mountain View CA. Hope’s Corner developed by caring people who acted on their concern for feeding the less privileged. The volunteers truly give hope to less fortunate individuals by feeding them and their families without any questions about race, religion or financial need. What little time I volunteer there is a repaid to me by the joy I receive knowing that the individuals on the receiving end of a lunch sack or warm meal are encouraged and sustained in their life struggles.

1 Vincent L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope's Corner has allowed me the opportunity to serve the community and share the love of God to others. It is run and organized by selfless, hard-working individuals who lead with joy and humility. They offer many services to those in need including: food, laundry, showers, phone charging, and clothes. But beyond the material things, Hope's corner offers people love and hope. I'm grateful to be part of a team so focused on serving others.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband Mike Fischetti and I were involved from the beginnings of Hope’s Corner—6 years ago. We said, “How lucky can we be. It is just around the corner from our home and we will meet wonderful clients as well as volunteers.” Hope’s is dedicated to serving nutritious meals; long ago we quit accepting free bread and cakes given the high levels of diabetes among our clients and we have never served soft drinks. More importantly, we serve fresh salads every meal and were initially surprised when the salads were among the most popular food, even for breakfast. We have created a community at Hope’s where we learn from each other, support each other, and are committed to addressing food insufficiency, while giving support to those needing housing, transportation, jobs, and a caring friend.
Marilyn Winkleby

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sons and I volunteered at Hope's Corner for about 2.5 years before COVID and will cherish those times. Seeing regulars like Leslie, Sharon, Judy, Kathy, Mike, and the others, as well as new volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, felt like I would see my extended family. We enjoyed getting to know the regular guests and each had their own story of hardship but also hope for a better life and we felt good about making their day just a little bit better.

The work we did varied from week to week and kept things interesting. Everyone there always came with a good attitude and wanted to be helpful. Volunteering at Hope's Corner is a great experience as the organizers are well organized, have solid safety protocols, good equipment, and great communication. Come and join the wonderful group of volunteers at Hope's Corner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 5 years ago my Rotary club had a service project with Hope's Corner, where we participated in serving food to over 200 people in need and it changed my life. Since then I have been volunteering at Hope's Corner and has become an activity that is dear to my heart because it fills my heart every time I volunteer. I now help prepare meals during this pandemic where we continue to prepare over 200 meals every Saturday morning, 150 lunches for RVs, and meals for the Day Worker Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Hope's Corner for about two years now. It is a welcoming place where anyone can show up to get a hot meal and a bag lunch. Hope's Corner does not turn anyone away, and since the pandemic has seen the numbers of people needing food increase. They have also started to provide food for families living in RVs and day workers in Mountain View since the pandemic started. The other volunteers are genuine and easy going so I enjoy going to help out. It's also nice that after a while we get to know the people coming by to pick up food. Hope's Corner serves a real need in the community and shows compassionate care to those who come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering about 1.5 years ago, and was quickly convinced on how impactful Hope's Corner was. I now am there as a regular crew member from set up to clean up on Saturday. The clients really appreciate getting both the hot brunch and the cold lunch bags to go, and I really have appreciated getting to know the regular clients that we serve. COVID has meant that we have had to transition from in-person dining to all-to-go (hot and cold) served outside, but we continue to make sure that the clients are getting the meals that they need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering every Saturday at Hope's Corner for the past 5 years. This organization is mostly volunteer managed with only 1 paid part-time employee (and that just started this year as we have grown). We have such dedicated volunteers that even when the pandemic started, there were still people willing to take the risk and continue volunteering with this organization so that we never had to halt our services. Normally we serve a hot meal and a take away lunch each Saturday. But due to the current crisis, we have added an extra day and now serve food on Wednesdays as well. We are easily serving over 200+ people during each of these days and unfortunately the numbers are climbing as this pandemic continues. We use to also offer shower services which was discontinued during the pandemic and we are reviewing the policies and procedures to try and bring them back safely at this time. Some of the volunteers here have been serving since this organization started in 2015. I have never worked with a group of more dedicated and truly open-hearted people. We are "small" compared to a lot of other non-profits but we work very hard and give back directly to our local community! This is truly a great organization to support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope's Corner is a welcoming place that provides two meals a week for anyone who comes. It is a highly organized, efficient organization with devoted people in charge and those who volunteer. I have helped on the set-up team for close to two years and plan to continue into the future. I consider the Friday Team as my good friends who are contributing to an important cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Hope’s Corner for about 18 months and I love my work there. Prior to Covid-19 we provided in house dining to over 100 people on Saturday. I am very proud of the way we adapted to conditions after Covid-19 as we continue to distribute food on Saturdays AND Wednesdays, and deliver to RV parks. Not surprisingly, given the times, the number of meals distributed has increased greatly.
Although I no longer interact with our guests I thoroughly enjoy the prep that I do and have made good friends through working with my Friday team.
Before I joined the volunteer group at Hope’s Corner I used to hear it said that you get more out of volunteering than you put it. This is absolutely the case for me - I cannot speak highly enough of my experience. Jo

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client, donor, and volunteer for and from the Hope's Corner simultaneously. That worked out quite well for my research projects at a time I could not have worked for 3 jobs at the same time for being very low income and at times nearly 'no income.' The meal and shower programs combined with laundry services, in addition to some needed items for being a homeless person helped me save money for housing and other projects I had hoped to complete.

Much is also learned that so many homeless and under-privileged people need some care and help. Hope's Corner improved so much in the past 6 years for the programs it provided, with the addition of winter shelter.

Hope's Corner deserves 4.5 to 5 rating. I am still a client and volunteer for the organization ever since shortly after it opened. I made friends with the nice volunteers and certainly some helpful clients there.

James Jyan

Client Served

Rating: 5


I am homeless , we are not Hopeless :)

when we ( The homeless ) go to Hopes corner , we see what we miss , what we appreciate , what we like to see before us . The Awesomeness of wonderful (Do Good souls) and we wish we were like them and some make it and become like them - The (Do Good souls) of the world . I plan on becoming one of The (Do good souls) someday . The moments we get to spend with Claire with BOB with Mike and the other Angel people, make us feel (NORMAL ) during our short time there and some even drop their guard and say hello and share what we get with each other , yes - Homeless being kind to other homeless inside Hopes Corner and that place and the people that give us way more then they Truly know about , that place that I like , a place of sharing - is a kind place/space - Those do good souls give us showers and food and toothbrushes and under clothes and they give us lunches and they share smiles and they look at us, The Homeless like we are and yes of course we are (Human) and while at hopes corner , I see what they truly give us , a place to relax and enjoy and be near each other and some try to uplift (Homeless 2 Homeless) and I like seeing that as well and we are Truly B L E S S E D in the bay @ Hopes Corner and along the path we find other (Do good souls) and that makes me and them and us , yes we - see bright and not dark in the world . The Do good souls , help stop depression while we are there enjoying watching the (Do good souls) do what they do , always and often and even though I am not of the depressed type , I get to see , the depressed loosen up and laugh at times and that is a remarkable thing to hear and if you are helping Hopes Corner with supplies and donations then (Thank you very much ) from this Homeless guy to you - awesome people , givers of the world - I am blessed, I get to witness something truly amazing, Twice a week :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have really enjoyed volunteering at Hope's Corner. Over the last two years, I've become friends with many of our guests, and I really enjoy seeing them every Saturday. It's also bee great working with other volunteers who come from all walks of life and who work together to make Hope's Corner a positive place where people can eat and relax for a couple of hours.

Hope’s Corner serves a free breakfast and bag lunch every Saturday mornings to all comers as well as free showers to unhoused people on Thursday and Saturday mornings on a first-come-first-served basis. We now serve over 200 people every Saturday. Besides food, we provide a place for people to feel welcomed and build community. We collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Services Agency, Peninsula Food Runners, Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange and others to help the people we serve connect with other available services.