With David Lang‘s Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion as the centerpiece of our upcoming Art of Sound concerts on February 9th and 10th, we are helping to raise awareness of the challenging issue of homelessness by partnering with three homeless services agencies. Each agency will receive a portion of the concerts’ proceeds and have representatives on hand to provide information and accept donations.
Check them out below, and consider supporting them financially, either online or at the concert. See you then!
The Winter Faith Collaborative at Grace Baptist Church has provided services to unhoused individuals in San Jose since 2015. These services include our Emergency Shelter as part of the Collaborative shelter network, serving over 700 unduplicated individuals over four years and the Grace HOPE Program, which has served 55 individuals, successfully supporting them in transition to improved education, employment and housing.
Program Director Phil Mastrocola said, “The Winter Faith Collaborative is grateful for the opportunity to participate in sponsorships like the ART OF SOUND: Seeking A Home concert. This is a fantastic opportunity to educate the community about both the issue and solutions to homelessness, especially the emergency sheltering services like those we provide year-round at Grace Baptist Church. It also provides a way for a broader base to help so many in need.”
The Collaborative effort has engaged over 100 faith communities in Santa Clara County with the collective aim to serve and shelter those in our community who are living outdoors, especially at night when the likelihood of lives being lost is the greatest. https://faithcollaborative.wordpress.com/
The Office of Social Ministry at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown is dedicated to serving those who are homeless and other vulnerable residents of San Jose. It helps them improve the quality of their lives, in the belief that every human being is blessed with God-given dignity.
Every Monday through Friday, the office provides:
Sharon Miller, Director of Social Ministry, said, “Creative achievements belong to everyone, not an elite few. Having a home to live in, a roof over one’s head, is a right, not a privilege. A place for everyone should not come into conflict with our nation’s ability to house people. The arts play a critical role in advancing social agendas by addressing the needs of some of the most undeserved communities.”
The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are experiencing homelessness. HGP’s vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. The programs take place in our 3-acre organic farm and related enterprises.
“The Homeless Garden Project is honored and grateful to benefit from this concert presentation by The Choral Project, ART OF SOUND: Seeking A Home. Nearly every day, we encounter people experiencing homelessness,” said Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director of the Homeless Garden Project. “We all deserve to live with dignity and to be able to meet our basic needs, including housing. We hope you will be moved to help address homelessness through any of the Homeless Garden Project’s volunteer opportunities, donor programs, or as a customer at our retail store.”
HGP Mission: In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.
HGP Vision: We envision a thriving and inclusive community, workforce, and local food system.