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    • In part due to the awesome wealth in the Silicon Valley/SF Bay Area of CA homelessness and poverty has grown into a very acute and growing problem.

      There are many charity groups and volunteers working hard to deal with the problem.

      One group, Hopes Corner, www.hopes-corner.orghas made some headway with help of some large local companies.

      Hope's Corner Kitchen & Laundry Construction to Start Soon!
      August 22, 2018 / Leslie Carmichael
      On Tuesday July 24, representatives from Hope's Corner, LAUMC, Trinity UMC, the City of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, CHAC, HomeFirst, the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, and our newest partners, Google, gathered in the sanctuary at Trinity to celebrate the completion of funding and the imminent start of our long-planned kitchen remodel project.
      The generous $1 million contribution from Google was the final key piece of a $2 million plan to offer a cold weather shelter, on-site meal preparation, showers, case management services and job training all under one roof at Trinity UMC.
      We are extremely grateful to Google and to all of our donors and supporters for helping us reach this milestone. County Supervisor Joe Simitian and his team deserve special thanks for working tirelessly to secure commitments from all of our partners.
      Phase 1 of the construction will begin shortly. Phase 1 will include a new kitchen and laundry room. You can see the basic plan here and a section here.
      You can read more about the funding milestone in the Mountain View Voice, the Los Altos Town Crier and the San Jose Mercury News.

    • In part due to the awesome wealth in the Silicon Valley/SF Bay Area of CA homelessness and poverty has grown into a very acute and growing problem.

      Did you ever think you would write a sentence like that? Why does it even make sense?

      I spent a few years homeless with my mother in Oakland as a child and we thought then it was a problem of poverty—our section of Oakland was very poor. If you had told me then that it would become a problem of wealth, it would have broken my brain.

      I would give anything to go back in time and thank the people who volunteered at the homeless centers my mom and I visited in Oakland. The people who worked in them were angels. I don't know who county supervisor Joe Simitian is, but he sounds like one of them.

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