Menlo Park’s Clara-Mateo Alliance homeless shelter serves around 50 people, primarily families and veterans, each night. It is scheduled to close April 30 due to lack of operating funds.
Palo Alto’s Downtown Streets Team pairs homeless and formerly homeless members of the community with volunteer mentors who help them find work and begin rebuilding their lives.
After years of substance abuse and homelessness, a Santa Clara single father rehabilitated his life, found a job and reclaimed his 1-year-old son from Child Protective Services.
On a warm Thursday at the end of September, Michelle Waters Pritchett serves lunch to the homeless men and women at the Opportunity Center, a facility in Palo Alto offering services for the homeless and people in need. Olive skinned, dark haired, and once homeless herself, Pritchett volunteers daily in the kitchen of the Opportunity