Home & Hope provides a safe haven for homeless families while helping them regain long term self-sufficiency. It also raises community consciousness on the issue of family homelessness.
For about $38 per day/per guest, Home & Hope offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year shelter, meals and case management. With only one full-time employee, the organization operates because of the interfaith community of San Mateo County and over 1200 volunteers who are engaged from 31 partner congregations.
H&H is unique in that it works with families only – there must be at least one parent and a child or children in the unit – and does so one family at a time. The success rate is 85%.
PTBE is a host congregation and provides volunteers as well as the site to house families in the rotational shelter program. During the past year, PTBE housed the 4-5 families in the program for two to four weeks – in July and December. Our guests are so appreciative of what we do, but those of us who share our time are on the receiving end as well.
Each year PTBE hosts families for a week in July and the week in December that includes the Christmas holiday. Each family has their own tent (sometimes two for larger families) and our Social Hall becomes their sleeping quarters while the Fireside Room is ‘their great room’. The kitchen becomes their kitchen as well as ours. They also use our patio and play area.
For each visit, more than 100 people from our congregation, including teens and pre-B’nai Mitzvah students, participate in myriad ways. Help comes in the form of setting up the tents and making up cots then taking everything down at the end, including doing laundry. We need people to cook, bring in food, spend a few hours in the evening hosting dinner and talking to our guests, and two people to spend the night each night of the stay.
Upcoming Dates for 2016
December 18-26, 2016
If you would like to help, please contact Dolores Gould.
Home & Hope, like most non-profits, is suffering from a decrease in public funding and corporate support. If you’d like to help directly, visit their website.