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San Jose Obrero Mission

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Our mission is to provide housing and employment services that lead to self-sufficiency among families and individuals in crisis within Latino communities.

Programs: San jose obrero mission provides resources for women and children or men in crisis as they strive to secure permanent housing and improve their lives for the long-term. Our individualized approach equips participants with the tools needed to gain lasting independence. By providing safe, interim housing, vocational training and job placement assistance, life skills training and basic nutritional, clothing, medical and hygienic support, sjom gives its clients the tools to stay off the streets for good. Participants are empowered to take charge of their lives, gain permanent housing and gain lasting independence. When participants walk through the doors of sjom, they enter a secure, nurturing environment. In cooperation with staff members, participants help develop plans that serve as their roadmaps to gain lasting independence. Once participants leave the program, they receive six months of post-residential assistance. Sjom was founded in 1981 as an emergency shelter in response to the growing homelessness in the community. It has evolved from a single-purpose shelter for homeless men into a 120-day residential program serving women and children and men in chicago's pilsen and little village neighborhoods.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to San Jose in the Fall of 2011 after meeting the Director at a community event. He was so passionate about San Jose Obrero that when he said, "You simply have to come take a tour and see what we are all about", I took him up on his offer. This truly is a place for those that want to change, rebuild thier lives to be. SJOM partners with individuals, families that are homeless and are committed to ending that cycle in their lives. As I walked through and observed the interaction of staff members with participants, saw the structure, and shoulder to shoulder approach in helping the participants rebuild their lives I knew I had to give a helping hand. I have taken others now to Tour SJOM and they too feel the energy and passion and have given their helping hand. San Jose Obrero mission is changing lives.