Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Santa Clara, along with pastor, Father Ernesto Orci, prepared and served dinner to the clients at the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter on March 10. Sponsored by the parish’s Social Concerns Committee, the Saint Lawrence community came together to donate all the food and utensils and to do all the preparations, cooking and transportation in order to have everything ready for serving at the shelter.
In addition, the committee received enough monetary donations to send a $500 check to the shelter. Many enthusiastic parishioners placed their names in a lottery in order to be selected to serve at the shelter since space was limited. The shelter is run by HomeFirst and serves 140 men, women and children.
HomeFirst assists more than 4,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year in Santa Clara County. Homefirst recently announced that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to keep the Sunnyvale shelter open through the remainder of 2018 on a pilot basis. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please visit www.homefirstscc.org or contact Tracie Wallace, Volunteer Coordinator at HomeFirst, at (408) 539-2143.