Creating a healing community
Grace Solutions had its beginnings in 2016 as a faith based winter program in the gymnasium and basement of Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose, who has served the forgotten and vulnerable of our community since the 1940s.
After establishing a full service emergency shelter program, a new Non Profit agency was born in 2017, which operates year-round programs to serve the unhoused residents of San Jose.
Grace Solutions is a separate 501(c)3 social services agency. Through both public and private funding, we have been able to expand staffing (especially needed during the pandemic) and recently start a Drop-In Shower program.
With additional funding, we hope to open a clothes closet and to fill a new social worker position to serve more of those in need. They would help residents search for housing, register for SNAP benefits, replace lost ID's and apply for stimulus relief.
AT A GLANCE
Grace Solutions is committed to providing help to the unhoused residents in our community with respect, dignity and compassion. Our services include emergency and interim housing, as well as meals and showers, all in a welcoming family like atmosphere.
Saving lives in cold rainy weather
From January through April* we provide temporary emergency shelter for up to 50 men and women, totaling over 250 individuals annually. Guests stay overnight, receive a hot dinner, breakfast, boxed lunch and a shower.
* In light of Covid, we are committed to staying open as long as the shelter in place orders stand.
One Step at a Time
During Summer and Fall, our HOPE Program serves up to 30 unhoused individuals, providing temporary interim shelter and a 1:1 mentor who helps support the guests' own life plan. The program's aim is to help create stability for our guests and allow them to pursue goals such as stable housing, financial security, personal well-being, job placement and empowerment training.
DAILY DROP-IN SHOWER PROGRAM
For guests and all unhoused
Showers are available for those in need of one- including guests, people who live outside, in their cars, or for those who have no shower access where they're housed. Daily services include showers, laundry, boxed lunch, water and hygiene supplies.
With 84% of the unhoused living without shelter in Santa Clara County (the highest in the nation) and with the annual death rate of the unhoused dramatically increasing each year, we:
* are literally saving lives
* have served 2300 total guests
* ensure that staff and guests work in collaboration with each other, rather than from a place of hierarchy
Recent improvements to this innovative program have allowed the vast majority of our participants to:
* find a higher paying job
* find housing
* receive better medical care
* reconnect with family
* create a greater level of stability
Key to this is by matching a community partner to accompany the HOPE guest in their pursuits.
DAILY DROP-IN SHOWER PROGRAM
Improved hygiene leads to better health. Grace Solutions provides a hygiene program to the unhoused on a drop in basis.
We offer basic human needs that most of us take for granted. Including:
* hand washing
* dental maintenance
* boxed lunch & water
* hygiene supplies available if needed
* We provide over 150 showers/week
What They’re Saying
Dana, a guest in our winter shelter, was recently laid off from his job. He says he feels respected by everyone here, like he's part of a family. It is safe, clean and free from the typical drama in most shelters. He is grateful for having a place where his basic needs are being met and he can focus on getting work.
Jackie, a volunteer, shared that the winter shelter program provides a safe space for many people who are grateful for the community. It provides more than just shelter from the weather - it supports a sense of connection and stability for many during these uncertain and challenging times.
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with Grace Solutions. We could not do this work without many volunteers, donors and partners. Anything you are able to give makes an enormous difference. No amount of time, effort or funds is too small.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Grace Solutions Community. Let's see what we can accomplish together!
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The Gift of YOU
It is up to each of us to care for the well being of our community. We welcome individuals, organizations, faith communities, schools, universities and business collaborations to work with us towards achieving that vision. We specifically need help making and serving dinner to our guests. Donations of blankets, pillows and towels are always needed. And right now hand sanitizers in all sizes, vinyl gloves and bottled water are very much needed. Get in touch with any questions about how you can help.
Help Us Soar
We are a non-profit agency focused on providing new and innovative programs to meet the needs of the unsheltered residents of San Jose. This ambitious approach requires a dependable source of both private and public funding. Please consider making a one time or recurring donation through PayPal or by check so that we may continue and expand this much needed work. Your donation is tax deductible. Our federal Tax ID# is: 82-1581590 You can send a check made out to Grace Solutions. Mail to Grace Solutions Attn: Phil Mastrocola 484 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, Ca. 95112
Co-creating an alternative future
We would not have been able to achieve our goals without working in collaboration with key community members. If you are an organization, faith community, school, university or business, we hope that you may consider becoming an "official sponsor" of Grace Solutions. This commitment entails supplying funds and/or volunteers for a specific program.
Sponsorships ensure that our services are dependable and sustainable.
We work collaboratively with several partners including schools, universities, housing advocates, faith and other organizations to provide services that we otherwise would not be able to do on our own.
We offer our sincere appreciation to the following organizations.
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
Grace Baptist Church's long history of welcoming the mentally challenged and forgotten in downtown San Jose, was the inspiration for our work with the unhoused. A valuable partner, the church provides the space and logistical support necessary for our ambitious programs. The membership's commitment to our common cause of welcoming strangers, and it's faith in our programs, is deeply appreciated. https://www.graceinsanjose.org/
WINTER FAITH COLLABORATIVE
Winter Faith Collaborative of Santa Clara County is a network of faith, school and other communities offering overnight and daytime sheltering and safe parking programs to over 500 individuals and families each year. Grace started sheltering because of the Collaborative's support. https://faithcollaborative.wordpress.com/
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
A constant help for our entire 5 seasons of sheltering, Wesley UMC provides delicious and nutritious meals all year round once a week with a spirit of commitment and joy. We recently began partnering on a weekly neighborhood food distribution located at their church. Grace Solutions coordinates the food drop-off from local grocery stores.
ETHICAL CULTURE SOCIETY OF SILICON VALLEY
The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley has provided healthy meals to our guests on a regular basis since the beginning of our sheltering. Their members share caring and kindness as well as great food with our guests.
ON ROUTE 22
On Route 22 provides empowerment classes for our female guests in our HOPE program in a collaborative and supportive environment, that includes goal setting, art and exploration of feelings.
Martha's Kitchen provides daily prepared hot meals for our winter shelter. The meals are well balanced and nutritious, using quality ingredients. Their help has been invaluable.
If you would like to become a key partner with Grace Solutions, please get in touch with us.
We welcome your support!