Allen was 51 when he ended up homeless. It was a complete shock to him.
“I’d seen people who were homeless,” he says. “But I’d never experienced it.”
Hunger became a physical pain and one of Allen’s biggest concerns.
“I asked other homeless people, ‘Where do you get food? Is there any place to stay?’”
Allen had no idea how to survive on the streets. Having to constantly search for shelter, worried about his personal safety. He was never able to live, just survive. It was too much to bear.
“I’d had nutritious food most of my life. Those nights without were just horrible,” Allen remembers, feeling hopeless. “I was tired, I was hungry. I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’”
When he heard about Cityteam, he knew it was where he needed to go. As soon as he walked in, the generosity of friends like you blew him away.
“I came here and I was amazed,” Allen says. “Homeless individuals become guests who come in and get meals.”
At Cityteam Allen experienced compassionate help that is helping him change his life.
Now, Allen is in our program and is thriving. He works in our pantry where he sees food fly off the shelves every day, being given to people who are hungry and on the street.
“I take pride in what I do,” he says. “I make sure we get good food and put everything out as fresh as we can.”
Allen was at his lowest point before he found Cityteam. Friends like you provided the meals and hope he needed to get off the street and change his life.Read More Stories
Your involvement is what makes it possible to change lives, families, and communities. Every program at Cityteam, from a hot meal to addiction recovery, is only possible because of support from individuals, companies, churches, and schools who care about helping others. You don’t have to be a superhero to make a difference. Here are some ways YOU can get involved.
Heritage Home offers a safe, secure, and loving environment for women who are pregnant and in need of help.
Our Dining Hall provides hot, nutritious meals to people struggling with hunger.
Our shelter provides a safe place for those struggling with homelessness to sleep.
After 30 years of working at Cityteam and two years as San Jose City Director, I have seen the immense struggles and hardships that men, women, families, and the elderly encounter in the Santa Clara County. I am honored to work alongside a compassionate team of staff, volunteers, and donors who are making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community.
I have witnessed time and again how our programs provide a path for people who want help out of homelessness, poverty and addiction. Hot meals, groceries, shelter, addiction recovery, education and career enhancement are all a part of equipping people to succeed in the midst of difficulties. They have the chance to receive the hope that only God can provide to inspire them to change their lives at Cityteam.
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