Silicon Valley Safe Parking Update
The SafeCarPark@CGS The Safe Car Park guests have moved to the next location. Thank you CGS community for your efforts and support of this ministry. During the month of October we hosted over 30 guests including several families with children in 13 cars.
Silicon Valley Safe Parking is a partnership of area faith communities and Bellarmine College Prep, with locations in the central San Jose area. More than two years ago the CGS church council approved participation in this vital community effort. All partners agreed to host for one month, up to two times per year.
As a host site, we provide a safe parking space, bathrooms and trash/recycling for the guests. Host sites are then able to choose additional hospitality: phone charging stations, hospitality room, snacks, meals, etc. Hosting during COVID brought challenges but we were able to provide continue with our participation and took precautions to make it a safe place for all.
The outpouring of assistance and love to this ministry has been tremendous. It is because of the efforts of the volunteers that it came together. Thank you, check-in/check-out volunteers, to those who donated snacks, beverages, gift cards and made cash donations, and to those who hosted dinners. All are important parts of keeping the Safe Car Park at part of this CGS ministry,
It will take our village to make this work. CGS’s will again host in April 2023. Volunteers will be needed throughout the entire month. Daily shifts, 7:30 am – 8:00 am in the morning and 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the evening, will need to be staffed. While the guests are staying with us, the best ways to offer hospitality and support will be determined. Donations of gift cards, snacks and supplies on the Amazon wish list are always needed. Financial support is also greatly appreciated.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Sarah Janigian, Chelsea Byom, Rachel Visscher, or Kevin Vasscher.
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