Last year SCS helped 8,300 individuals with safety net services, including food to stay healthy, and financial support to stay housed or gain housing after being homeless. Every year we see a deepening need as the income gap widens in Silicon Valley. This year we are making an effort to add improvements to our support and extend our services deeper into the community, because we know that there are many more of our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. Some of the new programs and services we are providing include:
Sparkpoint – a United Way Bay Area Financial Training Program: One afternoon each week our Case Management clients come to SCS for scheduled financial coaching and credit counseling with a professional credit counselor. Working together, they develop plans to better manage their income, with an eye towards a stable future.
Homebound Case Management: Through generous funding from El Camino Healthcare District, our Case Management services will now reach eligible homebound clients currently enrolled in SCS food programs for seniors. Case Managers will conduct home visits to ensure these clients are being connected to crucial services.
Referrals and Outreach to North County Shelters: SCS caseworkers do intake referrals, and our Housing Case Manager visits the homeless shelter in Sunnyvale each week to reach out to families and individuals eligible for SCS’s rapid re-housing services.
Columbia Neighborhood Center: We will hold office hours 1 – 2 days each week at this neighborhood location to deliver services to clients who cannot come to our main office. This will extend our reach into the community, building awareness of the services we offer, and providing convenience to those who otherwise might not be able to ask for help.
Sunnyvale Library: Once a week a caseworker will conduct outreach to homeless clients at the library, providing resource referrals and connecting them to SCS for case management. These and other outreach efforts mean that more people who need help will be served, making Sunnyvale a stronger, more resilient community. SCS continues to work to provide the best support possible to our neighbors in need.
Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services