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How a California county aims to end homelessness

March 15, 2023 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — There are more than 580,000 Americans currently living without permanent housing. NBC’s Jake Ward explains how a housing initiative in California’s Santa Clara County is helping those facing homelessness get back on their feet.

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Couple’s journey out of homelessness, addiction, highlights mission of CityTeam Ministries

November 2022 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Austin and Rachel Reagan found sobriety and renewed purpose from South Bay organization that now employs them in key support roles.

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“Felices y llenos de gracias”: ofrecen alimentos a miles de personas necesitadas en Acción de Gracias en SF

November 24, 2022 – SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Voluntarios y trabajadores de las organizaciones Glide y City Team sirvieron cientos de almuerzos.

“Siento que es importante servirlos porque no hay nadie quién los puede ayudar ahorita”, indicó Antonio Morales, vocero de City Team.

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Thanksgiving Day meals make holiday season brighter in Bay Area

November 24, 2022 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — It didn’t take Toby Chacon long to clean his plate on Thanksgiving Day.

“I was hungry,” said the San Jose resident. “I was waiting for it for two days.”

Fortunately for Chacon and others in attendance, seconds —and thirds, as much as hungry diners wanted — were being handed out at a CityTeam ministries Thanksgiving event on Thursday in San Jose, one of many such meals across the Bay Area, as volunteers reached out to people in their communities who don’t have access to many comforts that residents take for granted.

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Pre-Thanksgiving meal gives optimism amidst tough times in Oakland

November 23, 2022 – OAKLAND, Calif. The pre-Thanksgiving turkey meal served at CityTeam Oakland Wednesday night looked delicious, but for some residents, the free meal means they won’t go to bed hungry.

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Heart of Cabi Clothes raises domestic violence victims spirits with a fashion assist

May 6, 2022 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Residents of a San Jose women’s treatment program [CityTeam House of Grace] get a fashion makeover to help rebuild their lives.

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Food truck brings hot meals, essentials to San Jose homeless

February 14, 2022 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hope on Wheels is a new food truck program by CityTeam San Jose that provides hot meals and essential supplies to homeless individuals.

In an effort to serve more unhoused people, one nonprofit sends a food truck out to encampments to meet people where they are.

Dubbed “Hope on Wheels,” the food truck visits at least three encampments every week to bring hot meals and essential supplies such as jackets, tarps and hand sanitizer to unhoused people across the South Bay. The program, launched last Thanksgiving, serves between 70 to 200 hot meals a day.

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Palo Alto Bus Route a Haven for the Homeless

December 31, 2021 – PALO ALTO, Calif. — Homeless people needing respite from the rain know one driver on the 22 route in Palo Alto will understand. He once was homeless himself. Kiet Do reports.

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WMGK-FM John DeBella Turkey Drop Collects 9,056

December 1, 2021 – PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization that provides holiday meals as well as other important services for individuals and families in need. Cityteam has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meals in 2021, including a large percentage of families seeking assistance for the very first time.

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The kitchen at San Jose’s CityTeam hums on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Although Thursday is a holiday, the kitchen at CityTeam San Jose is humming on all cylinders.

 “I was an executive with a hotel company. And after 26 years, I wanted to do something different,” said Reynolds Stewart, the CityTeam executive chef and food service manager.

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Nonprofits bring Thanksgiving meals to San Jose’s homeless residents

November 25, 2021 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Folks tend to travel long distances to eat on Thanksgiving. But for unhoused residents in San Jose, Thanksgiving dinner is coming to them.

Amid the homeless encampment at Columbus Park in San Jose, faith-based nonprofit CityTeam helped brighten up Thanksgiving for many unhoused residents by bringing hot meals to the park.

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It’s time to talk turkey for Santa Clara County nonprofits

November 18, 2021 – SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. — Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and that means social service agencies in Santa Clara County are getting ready to distribute holiday meals to thousands of people who might otherwise go without. And that’s where the community can step in to help.

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October 30, 2021 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sharks Foundation and SAP provide CityTeam $500,000 Grant for Alameda County Mobile Food Pantry Expansion Project

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“Nothing about us without us” – the starting point for an equitable and engaged community

October 1, 2021 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — “Nothing about us without us.” I heard this phrase from Claudine Sipili – a homelessness community activist and member of the Santa Clara County Lived Experience Advisory Board and Destination: Home’s board of directors – several weeks ago when I had the pleasure of speaking with her about her advocacy work. I thought the sentiment perfectly describes the ethos of her work and how we are using that ethos to change our own work at the community foundation.

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Opinion: Lived expertise shapes SJ emergency interim housing site

Have you seen them? They’re along the freeways, tucked under trees, on streets and sidewalks and quite noticeably in unsanctioned encampments along and around the Guadalupe River.

When you see them, what do you feel? A pull at your heartstrings or a ping of disgust? Gratitude for what you have or hopelessness that you can’t do more? 

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Sharks Foundation, SAP Provide Grant to CityTeam For Mobile Food Pantry

February 4, 2021 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Sharks Foundation (@SJSCommunity) and SAP (@SAP_BayArea) have partnered to provide a $500,000 grant to local non-profit organization CityTeam (@CityTeam) to fund and launch the Alameda County Mobile Food Pantry Expansion Project.

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SJ: How San Jose Homeless Shelters Are Adapting To The Covid-19 Surge

December 27, 2020 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — COVID-19 has been tearing through sheltered living spaces in San Jose, but at least one operator of such facilities has managed to keep all of its women residents safe during the pandemic.

CityTeam, which offers temporary housing to people in need, has so far kept its four women’s shelters in San Jose COVID-free…

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Virus-Reduced Team at San Jose Community Non-Profit Feeds Thanksgiving Dinner to Homeless

November 26, 2020 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Over the course of 2020, coronavirus has increased need for food and shelter throughout the Bay Area. On Thanksgiving Day, it also complicated efforts to provide help to those who need it.

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Cena de Acción de Gracias en la pandemia

November 26, 2020 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Debido a esta pandemia, muchas familias están enfrentando problemas para poder realizar su cena de Acción de Gracias.

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COVID forces South Bay nonprofit to adjust Thanksgiving meal service, but doesn’t dampen spirit

November 26, 2020 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop a South Bay nonprofit from distributing holiday meals to those in need.

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CityTeam Pop-up Closet Provides Makeovers, Transforms Lives

November 18, 2020 – MILPITAS, Calif. — A group of estheticians, cosmetologists and stylists gave formerly homeless women makeovers as part of a pop-up event hosted by CityTeam.

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CityTeam ‘House of Light’ shines as a beacon of possibility across the South Bay

January 16, 2020 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Healing lives in the South Bay came full circle for staffers at CityTeam. One family’s donation will allow for more than a dozen formerly homeless women and their children to have a place to live.

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San Jose: New home for homeless women and children opens

January 16, 2020 – With rising housing costs exacerbating California’s severe homeless crisis, the Kinkade Family Foundation and CityTeam on Thursday teamed up to open a new home for homeless women and children in San Jose.

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San Jose family raises nearly $33,000 for charity selling churros and chocolate outside Willow Glen home

December 29, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — What started out as a modest idea by one San Jose family to give back during the holiday season ballooned into a major fundraiser for a local nonprofit. 

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SJ CityTeam Serves 700 Meals to Those in Need on Christmas

December 26, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — “The goal today is to give the homeless community a sense of normalcy in this dining room,” said Reynolds Stewart of CityTeam.

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‘Hope Cafe’ brings fine dining experience to homeless residents

December 6, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Twice a month, homeless residents in Silicon Valley are treated to a fine dining experience as part of CityTeam’s Hope Cafe program.

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Day of Doing Good

November 29, 2019 – CityTeam volunteers served Thanksgiving meals and cut hair in San Jose, CA.

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Tradicional celebración de organización CITYTEAM

November 28, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — La organización CityTeam, junto con más de 64 voluntarios va a atender a más de 500 personas. Estiman que servirán más de 700 platillos.

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New mobile food pantry in South Bay helps low-income families

November 21, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — A nonprofit in San Jose is launching a new service on wheels to help people in Silicon Valley who are food insecure. CityTeam is launching a mobile food pantry to help low-income families ahead of Thanksgiving.

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Cientos de familias en San José reciben alimentos gratis

November 21, 2019 – Si usted no se ha registrado con San José CityTeam, solamente le preguntarán su nombre, domicilio y el número de habitantes que tiene en casa. Entérese como beneficiar de este servicio.

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“Los pavos están muy caros”: estrenan banco de comida móvil para familias necesitadas en Silicon Valley

November 21, 2019 – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Las organizaciones CityTeam y Second Harvest están entregando despensas a las familias de bajos recursos en el Área de la Bahía que no pueden garantizar su seguridad alimenticia.

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CityTeam Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

November 1, 2019 – Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.

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ON ABC7NEWS.COM: New shelter for single women opens in Oakland

October 21, 2019 – OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — As part of Building a Better Bay Area, we’re also focused on homelessness and possible solutions to the housing crisis. On Monday, the city of Oakland dedicated a transitional facility for women only.

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Free Food to be Provided at Some San Jose Affordable Housing Complexes

August 27, 2019 – CityTeam partners with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and LifeSTEPS to bring needed food into affordable housing communities in San Jose. CityTeam’s role in the partnership is to be the arms and legs of the operation, using our distribution network, logistics and volunteer firepower to get food to where it’s most needed.

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CityTeam interviewed on ‘YOU OUGHTA KNOW’

April 19, 2019 – Learn about the charitable Mother/Baby program at CityTeam Chester (starts at 2:03).

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Philadelphia Focus podcast interview with CityTeam

April 7, 2019 – Kwinn Tucker and Nancy Craskey from CityTeam Chester talk with Philadelphia Focus and host Lora Lewis about the programs and services we provide to meet immediate needs and provide lasting solutions.

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Clemson Tigers Help Feed the Homeless before the College Football Playoff National Championship

January 7, 2019 – Before Clemson faces Alabama in the championship game, their student affairs staff and alumni spent Monday morning at CityTeam helping to feed the homeless. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to cut, chop and prep meals for those who are experiencing hunger in the Bay Area, home of three of the most expensive cities in the U.S. to live. The rising cost of housing in the Bay Area has created a larger need for food services for those who are homeless or near homeless.

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Toy Drive In San Jose Will Benefit Children Celebrating Three Kings Day

January 5, 2019 – The Christmas season doesn’t end until this Sunday with the observance of Three Kings Day for many people.

Volunteers picked up gifts from a San Jose non-profit that will be donated to children in the Bay Area celebrating the holiday.

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Christian Nonprofit Pampers Homeless With Gifts, Haircuts on Christmas

December 25, 2018 – Dozens of Bay Area residents spent their Christmas day helping hundreds of other people without a home.

People came together inside San Jose’s CityTeam, a Christian nonprofit organization, to help give the homeless gifts like new shoes, haircuts and even washing their feet.

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49ers offer day of pampering to women who have struggled with homelessness

November 20, 2018 – The San Francisco 49ers surprised a group of people Tuesday night who are trying to turn their lives around with a day of pampering. It ended with several players joining them for a Thanksgiving dinner at Levi’s Stadium.

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Feeding the hungry: One in four in Silicon Valley considered food insecure

November 19, 2018 – SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) – Nonprofit CityTeam Ministries helped provide food boxes with turkey to 400 families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.

Many families stood in long lines at Gateway Neighborhood Center in Sunnyvale. Among them Florentina Velasquez and her 13-year-old son, who said this year Thanksgiving dinner will be more than their usual meal of soup, rice and beans.

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CityTeam Oakland on KTVU

Jun 21, 2018 – KTVU did a story on CityTeam Oakland, reporting on the how CityTeam is helping people struggling with homelessness and hunger.

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Feeding those in need: CityTeam San Jose serves up Thanksgiving meals to hundreds

November 23, 2017 – SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS – Nonprofit CityTeam offered free Thanksgiving meals to whoever wanted to join in celebrating the holiday with traditional fare on Thursday in San Jose. Guests received haircuts, winter coats, feet washing and new shoes.

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San Jose CityTeam offers food, grooming for homeless on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017 – ABC 7 NEWS – An estimated 300 volunteers spent three or more hours at CityTeam in San Jose, a 60-year-old institution that operates shelters for the homeless on Thanksgiving Day.

However, most are not cooking or serving the turkey dinners you’d expect on Thanksgiving. The majority are helping to wash feet, to fit clients with shoes and to cut their hair. It’s all about dignity.

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CityTeam Chester’s Hope Cafe & Array Architects: I Look Up Challenge

Array’s Philadelphia office was introduced to CityTeam as 20 staff and family members convened to serve dinner to those in need at Hope Café – where the goal is to serve their “guests as if they were dining at a five-star restaurant.” Already in the business of creating beautiful healing environments, Array’s designers couldn’t help but notice that the physical environment did not instill the sense of hope one might wish for. Working with CityTeam, we created a work plan to improve their space for those they serve.

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CityTeam Portland on KATU

There’s something to be said about a mother’s love for her son.

“He is my only son. He’s 30,” said Kim Debraal. “You just want to die; you just want to take their pain away.”

For thirty years, Debraal has taken care of her son, Michael. For more than a decade, however, his addiction to drugs has pushed the pair apart.

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CityTeam Chester on The Spirit

November 26, 2016 – On Thanksgiving, CityTeam on Sproul Street in Chester, served over 150 holiday dinners fine dining style complete with linen tablecloths, menus and waiter service. The guests weren’t the only ones thankful for the hospitality, which also included a to-go meal and a pie.

For a volunteer and a CityTeam staff member, gratitude was at the top of the menu.

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CityTeam San Francisco on KTVU

November 23, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – Many churches and charities are getting ready to serve Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow to thousands of people in need, but one San Francisco organization opened its doors today.

One of the people cooking all of those dinners was once homeless himself.

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CityTeam San Jose on KTVU

November 21, 2016 – SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) – A massive undertaking in San Jose, where CityTeam Ministries is preparing to give away 5,000 Thanksgiving food boxes Tuesday at Avaya Stadium to families in need. It’s 2,000 more families than last year and the organization is still short 600 turkeys.

The Nguyen family is living out of their car and inside that car are all their belongings. It’s been their home for the last year and half, after both parents lost full-time jobs.

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