National Re-Entry Week April 24-29, 2016

Re-Entry CollaborativeFaith Reentry Collaborative Santa Clara County

A program of the Department of Behavioral Health Services
151 West Mission Street
San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 535-4274

The Faith Reentry Collaborative is a program of Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department aimed at providing faith-based reentry support and services to individuals returning to the community and their families. Four Faith-based Reentry Resource Centers provide resource support in a natural welcoming community setting, not in an institutional setting. All services are voluntary and ALL faith traditions are welcome.

Types of Faith-based Resource Support:

  • Connection to Health & Human Services System of Care
  • Recovery & Spiritual Support Groups
  • Life Skills Development
  • Employment Assistance
  • Computer Literacy & Education Programs
  • Family Reunification
  • Housing Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Peer Mentoring

Santa Clara County Faith-based Reentry Resource Centers

Getting Involved: Contact one of the Centers above to volunteer or to provide donated new or gently used clothing, hygiene, or rain gear items for those newly released from incarceration.

    SAN JOSE, CA 95125
    (408) 979-3043
    AFTER HOURS (408) 896-9414
    SAN JOSE, CA 95112
    (408) 280-0145
    AFTER HOURS (408) 499-4064
    80 S. Market St,
    San Jose, CA
    AFTER HOURS (888) 587-6566
    SAN JOSE, CA 95131
    (408) 571-2222 X18
    AFTER HOURS (408) 599-8989

Donations needed: Coat & Soup Ministry

We Need Your Help!!

coat ministry Coat & Soup Ministry

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grace Baptist Church
484 E. San Fernando St. ~ San José, CA 95112

A Collaborative Effort Sponsored by:
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church, The One Warm Coat Organization, City Team Ministries, NAACP, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, SiVIC, and many more!

In 2015, we:

  • received over 800 coats
  • raised $5,400
  • had 342 volunteers assist us both days
  • served over 450 families (at two giveaways), and
  • had 92 people receive blood pressure and/or dentist checks.

 What donations are needed?

  • COATS (New or *slightly* used) – All Sizes
  • New Items (All Sizes)
    Socks, scarves, hats, gloves, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, underwear
  • Hygiene Kits (Goal: 400 kits)
    Toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors, toilet paper, soap, lotion, combs, Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, chapstick, sanitary napkins

Where do I bring my donations?

Emmanuel Family Life Center – Donation Bins
467 N. White Road ~ San José, CA 95127

Grace Baptist Church – Donation Bins
484 E. San Fernando St. ~ San José, CA 95112

Accepting donations until Friday, 12/09/16

How can I volunteer?

Please contact Rev. Celinda Miranda at

Download a flyer to share with your congregation: coatgiveaway2016


Another Successful Coat Ministry!

Coat Ministry 2016 volunteersWe would like to thank the community for great generosity towards the 14th Annual Coat and Soup Giveaway. Through this collaborative effort with Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church, SiVIC and several partners of many faiths, we received over 767 coats, served over 343 families/people, raised $3,100, had 216 volunteers assist us both days, had 23 people receive blood pressure checks, 10 received flu shots, 6 showered, and 12 signed up for food.

Coat Ministry 2016Praise God! We had another diverse group of donors and volunteers that came together to serve the community. All of the efforts and donations brought forth a diverse community presence represented by various inter-faith partnerships, college and community fraternal and sorority organizations, community businesses, and other civic and social organizations. We had the Foothill Community Health Center provide the blood pressure checks and had other community service agencies share their community resources for the participants.

Special thanks to SiVIC Board member Rev. Celinda Miranda, who served as primary organizer for the effort.

Coat Ministry 2016

Coat Ministry 2016 Coat Ministry 2016- Pacifica volunteers

Assistance for Flood Victims

News for those who are interested in assisting the victims of the recent flooding in our area:

This week, HomeFirst took over the operation of the overnight shelter from the Red Cross for San Jose residents displaced in the recent floods. We served a total of 196 individuals the first night, including many homeless people that were impacted.

We are working round the clock right now to help people stay safe, fed, and connected to resources and we need your help. Our urgent needs include:

  • Volunteers to provide and serve lunch/dinner, M-W & Weekends
  • Donations of bath towels and toiletry items
  • Donations of laundry detergent pods
  • Gifts of cash, stock, or other support

Volunteer groups can contact to join the HomeFirst service calendar. Donations of wish list items can be made directly at Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose 24/7.


Thank you to all the partners who have already stepped up to help, including the City of San Jose, Hunger at Home, Tzu Chi Foundation, White Road Baptist Church, Bellarmine AMEN group, and HomeFirst Annex Volunteers.