As Santa Clara County continues to lift COVID restrictions, a sense of normalcy will begin to return to the larger San Jose community. However there are still large gaps that will need to be readdressed. During the course of the COVID pandemic, many of the social services relied upon by members of our community saw drastic reductions. This happened as a result of both changing rules around in-person visits and the lack of available volunteers.
To partially fill the gap of what was with what is available in a distinct geographical area of our city, below you will find a guide to Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library For Those in Need, updated in July 2021.
Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library
CASA DE CLARA: For all, Mon.- Fri. 12:00 - 6:00 PM, Blankets, hygiene kits, gently-used clothing, 318 N 6th Street, 408-297-8330
CROSSROADS BIBLE CHURCH: Downtown Outreach, For all, 3rd Saturday of each month: 10:15 AM (or as close as possible) Hygiene kits, gently-used clothing (when available) King Library back patio, 408-288-4115
FRONT DOOR COMMUNITIES: For women, Wed. & Fri., 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 49 N. 4th Street, 408-600-6654
AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCY: For families only, 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month, Cold lunches, Must call to reserve. 304 N 6th Street, 408-292-3157
CASA DE CLARA: For all, Mon.-Fri.: 12:00 - 6:00 PM, Cold & hot food (depending), 318 N 6th Street, 408-297-8330
CROSSROADS BIBLE CHURCH: Downtown Outreach, For all, Saturdays: 10:15 AM (or as close as possible) Assorted sandwiches. King Library, back patio, 408-288-4115
EMMANUEL HOUSE: For all, Mon.-Sat. Lunch, 12:15 - 1:00 PM (No lunch on Sundays) Every day: Dinner, 5:15 – 6:00 PM, Salvation Army, 405 N. 4th Street, 408-282-1175
FRONT DOOR COMMUNITIES: Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Cold Lunches For all, Wed. & Fri. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hot Lunch & Groceries For women only, 49 N. 4th Street, 408-600-6654
GRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: For all, Mon. – Sat. 11:45 AM, Hot lunches for adults, A $5 lifetime membership fee is charged. 488 N. 6th Street, 408-293-0422 (Temp. closed, expected to reopen after Labor Day.)
JOHN XXIII: Seniors, age 60 and over, Mon. - Fri. at 11:45 AM, Hot lunches, 195 East San Fernando Street, 408-282-8600 (please call in advance to make a reservation.)
JOHN XXIII: For all, Mon. - Fri. from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 5:00 PM, Sandwiches 195 East San Fernando, Street. Distributed at side window – on 5th Street
RECOVERY CAFÉ: For all, Tues. - Sat., from 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Lunch (Must attend orientation on Tues., 1:00 - 2:00 PM, before being welcomed,) 80 South 5th Street 408-294-2963
GARDNER MOBILE HEALTH VAN: For all, Call for schedule, 408-457-6600
GARDNER FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES: For all, Mon. - Fri. 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Walk-in registration between 7:30 - 9:30 AM - John XXIII Health Center, 195 East San Fernando Street, 408-457-6600. Primary healthcare assessment & treatment, preventive health services & education, chronic disease and immunization, TB test, flu shots, sick visits, pharmacy prescriptions & lab work with referral to St. James Health Center
Lab work, 3rd Floor Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1-5 PM Pharmacy, 1st Floor : Mon. - Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 55 East Julian Street, 408-918-2600
BILL WILSON DROP-IN CENTER: Youth, ages 18 – 25 (Children 12 - 17 will be referred to Bill W. on the Alameda ) Everyday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 693 South 2nd Street, 408-925-0231
FRONT DOOR COMMUNITIES: Dignity on Wheels Program - Mon. & Fri. Women 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Men & Families 3:30-5:30 PM, Small laundry loads, 49 N 4th Street, 408-600-6654
GRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: For all, Fri. 9:00 - 11:00 AM 2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, underwear and socks do not count (No Jackets) on a first-come-first serve. Dignity on Wheels Program - laundry, 488 N. 6th Street, 408-293-0422 (Standard operations are expected to resume after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.)
BETTER HEALTH PHARMACY: For all, Tue. - Sat., 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM 725 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite 202 408-794-0564 The first and only dedicated drug donation pharmacy in California. They receive unused, unopened, and unexpired medications from licensed healthcare facilities, and dispense the drugs at no cost to their patients who have a valid prescription.
ST JAMES HEALTH CENTER: For all (Gardner Family Health Services patients with Gardner prescriptions) Pharmacy - 1st Floor, Mon. - Fri.: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sat. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, 55 East Julian Street, 408-457-7100
BILL WILSON DROP-IN CENTER: Youth, ages 18 - 25 (Children 12-17 will be referred to Bill W. on the Alameda ) Shelter- 90 days/fiscal year. Everyday: 9:00 PM- 7:30 AM Respite M – Fri. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sat. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 693 South 2nd Street 408-925-0231 Food, clothing, personal care, lockers, access to phones, computers, washers & dryers
CASA DE CLARA: Women, 318 N 6th Street, 408-297-8330 (Typically replies within a day)
EMMANUEL HOUSE: Men, Salvation Army, 405 N. 4th Street, 408-282-1175. Overnight shelter services 365 days a year to men. Homeless men receive 14 free nights per year that can be used consecutively or divided up however they like. Afterward, there is a fee of $5 per night.
GRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: en & Women with mental health issues and cognitive disabilities (Respite Only - closed evenings) Mon., Tue., Thu. and Fri. 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Wed., 9:00 AM -1:30 PM Sat., 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 488 N. 6th Street, 408-293-0422 (Standard operations are expected to resume after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.)
LIFE MOVES JULIAN STREET INN: Women & Men with mental health issues, Open 24 hours. 546 W. Julian Street 408-271-0820 extension 242 (calls returned within 48 hours)
YWCA: Women & Men 24/7 Support Line, Quick Escape – Domestic Violence 24-hour crisis line; counseling; emergency shelter; legal advocacy; safety planning and domestic violence education. 375 South Third Street, 1-800-572-2782
BILL WILSON DROP-IN CENTER: Youth 18 –25 (Children 12-17 will be referred to Bill W. on the Alameda) Everyday, Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Weekday evening groups: 6:00 - 9:00 PM., Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM., Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 693 South 2nd Street, 408-925-0231
- Front Door Communities: For Women Only - Mon, & Fri.: 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Men & Women & Walk-ins - Mon & Fri.: 3:00 -5:00 PM, 49 N 4th Street, Providing showers and laundry services – first come-first serve.
- Northside Community Center Grace Art and Wellness Program: For men & women, Fri. 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, 488 N. 6th Street. Providing showers and laundry services, first-come-first serve. (Standard operations are expected to resume after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.)
DOWNTOWN ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY
DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM: Mon. - Sun., 9 AM - 5 PM,, 1671 The Alameda, 650-305-1174
PATH: King Library, 3rd Floor, 150 East San Fernando St. Office drop in hours - TBA 408-753-8735. Closed since the pandemic, PATH is expected to resume services in fall. Please call for information.
As an institution, the San José Public Library prides itself on the ability to function as a community resource. We hope that this resource guide can serve as a useful tool as Santa Clara County continues to open up, and a greater number of social services organizations are able to welcome people back into their spaces.
Until SJPL returns to full operation, our collaboration with several community organizations offer our public a virtual means of support. If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are invited to join in virtual sessions of:
Social Workers in the Library
Staffed by volunteer members of the National Association of Social Workers, Social Workers in the Library, in operation for nearly 15 years, makes its post-pandemic comeback as a virtual program. Acclaimed for offering sound advice, information and referral on subjects ranging from domestic violence, education, family issues, food insecurity, health care, housing, insurance and much more. Social workers in the library offers 20 minutes of individual consultation.
See additional SJPL events offering community support and programs on health and wellness
Many thanks to Brian Parkman, co-author of this blog and for his July 2021 updates of Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library. Additional thanks go to Leroy Skalstad and Pixabay for the striking image.