• Santa Maria Urban Ministry






    Will you be a Santa Maria Harvest Helper?

    We serve more families and get more food donations in the fall.

    So…we could use help in our Food Pantry!
    Can you spare an hour to help us this harvest season?
    Grab a friend or two and make Harvest Helping a rewarding,

    meaningful time for each of you this fall.

    Sign up is easy right here:





    Studio After-school Homework Center.

    Help our students with homework, any of these days:

    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4pm - 5:30pm

    (Please give us a call 408-292-3314 or email Alfonso: 19smum83@gmail.com)


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    We participated in SV Gives this year! (and raised over $8000!)

    THANK YOU to all who donated!

    Our SV Gives site is still up and gratefully accepting donations!

    Please go here for more info:





    Harvest Helpers needed! Can you spare an hour in our Food Pantry? Fall is a busy time and we need your help. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/SMfall16

    Thank you!

    Watch our video.

    Learn how Santa Maria helps our clients. Every day in every way.


    Santa Maria welcomes with open arms our new Convener, The Rev. Peggy Bryan. She loves our community and has a heart for our work. She is heaven-sent! 

    ABC Playtime preschoolers learn their ABCs and so much more!

    Mon-Thurs., 10am - noon. (Teachers and helpers always needed - come join the fun!)

    Alfonso oversees backpack distribution each August.

  • ABC Playtime preschool meets four days/week.

    Monday - Thursday. 10am - noon.


    ABC Playtime is always looking for volunteers who love spending time with little ones. Please contact SMUM if you're interested in volunteering as a teacher or helper. It's a ton of fun for everyone!

    (More photos below in PHOTOS)


    San Jose State students volunteer with ABC.

    You can too!


    Santa Maria Urban Ministry provides our community with a safe, welcoming place

    for basic services that meet short-term needs,

    and educational and targeted services to support permanent transformation.


    We are open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm (noon) and

    Every First and Third Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm (noon)


    We are located near downtown San Jose:

    778 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose, CA  95110

    (408) 292-3314


    Visit today to see what we have to offer you!

    (or see how you can help!)


    Food Pantry

    Meeting Immediate Nutritional Needs

    Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 11:45am and

    Every 1st and 3rd Saturday: 9:00am - 11:45am


    SMUM's Food Pantry provides bi-monthly supplemental food for the downtown San Jose community. We serve low income individuals and families in these zip codes: 95110, 95117, 95125, 95126, 95128, 95131, 95132 and 95134.


    ABC Playtime

    Preschool fun and learning for children, ages 3-5

    Monday-Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Program runs September - May


    ABC Playtime provides children ages 3-5 with pre-Kindergarten preparedness. ABC is a no-fee, play-based program that teaches ABCs, colors, numbers, shapes and proper classroom behavior. Teachers and aides are all volunteers. Children must be 3 years old by September and potty-trained. Class is limited to 12 children.


    Studio - After School

    Homework Center

    Tutoring for up to 25 school children, ages 7-14

    Tuesday/Thursday 4:00pm - 5:30pm


    Studio gives students in grades 1 - 8 homework help and tutoring. Students work one-on-one with volunteer tutors to complete homework assignments and work on proficiency in needed subjects. After homework is completed, students may use the supervised computer lab, do crafts or play sports outside.


    ESL and Adult Learning 

    ESL Tutoring and special adult education classes

    ESL - Mon., Wed., & Friday: 10:00am - 11:00am

    For information on other classes, contact SMUM.


    ESL helps Spanish-speaking clients learn conversational English. Emphasis is on job skills, daily living and homework help for parents of school-age children. Classes are for beginning and intermediate English speakers.


    Teen Leadership Program (TLP)

    SMUM provides a safe place for teens to gather and learn leadership skills, perform community service and be mentored to pursue higher education.

    Contact SMUM for program information.


    Previous Teen Leadership programs have included college tours, gang prevention seminars, community clean-up days, car wash fundraisers and field trips.


    Clothes Closet 

    Regular SMUM clients may select items from our Clothes Closet.

    Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:45am and

    Every 1st and 3rd Saturday: 9:00am - 11:45am


    Clients who regularly receive food from the Food Pantry may also recieve items from the Clothes Closet twice a month. The Clothes Closet offers adult and children's clothing, accessories and shoes.


    VITA Tax Preparation Services

    Clients can get help with their taxes - for free!

    Saturdays only: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    During the tax season only.

    Contact SMUM for more information.


    Knowledgeable volunteers help clients prepare their taxes. Convenient evening hours at Santa Maria throughout the tax season.


    Come on by to sign up!


    Volunteer and Giving Opportunities

    Help by Volunteering or Donating!

    Here's how you can help - today!


    Volunteers are needed for all educational programs and our Food Pantry. Donations of food and clothing are always welcome. Santa Maria Urban Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Monetary donations for operations and programs allow SMUM to continue its good work for the underserved in our downtown San Jose community.



    Donations are gratefully accepted:

    Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm, Fridays 9:00-11:30am

    1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00am - 11:30am


    Here's what our clients always need and appreciate:
    - clothing and shoes for our clothes closet (especially men/baby clothes)
    - canned foods, especially protein-rich foods like peanut butter and tuna
    - fresh fruits and vegetables (from your garden, perhaps?)
    - school and craft supplies


    Volunteers are always needed for:
    - Studio After School Homework Center (Mon/Tues/Thur, 4:00 - 5:30pm)
    - ABC Playtime preschool program (Mon - Thur, 10am - noon)
    - Food Pantry support (organizing, loading food boxes, etc.)

    - Front Desk client check - in (training provided)


    Spanish-speaking is NOT a requirement for any of these volunteer opportunities. Please contact SMUM for further information and a tour!


    For further information about becoming a friend of SMUM, contact:

    Alfonso Mendez, Operations Manager: 19smum83@gmail.com

    At Santa Maria, we love and

    appreciate our donors!

    Special thanks to the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real for it's founding of Santa Maria as a Diocesan ministry in 1983, and its continual support ever since.


    Special thanks to St. Jude's, Cupertino, CA


    and its many supportive parishioners who give time, talent and treasure to SMUM on a regular basis.


    Special thanks to Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, CA http://www.st-andrews-saratoga.org

    for its long-term support of SMUM.


    Special thanks to the Wu Family Foundation for providing funding for our Studio Summer Camp 2015, our Teen Leadership Program 2016, and for continual support of SMUM throughout the year.


    Many thanks to all the Episcopal and other churches, friends, volunteers, corporations and agencies who support SMUM and our mission.


    Thanks to all who have contributed via our SV Gives site:









    We greatly appreciate the generosity of all of our donors. You keep our doors open, our clients fed, our children happy and better educated, our adult students fulfilled...and our many volunteers fully engaged too!




    A Safe Place of Welcome, Service and

    Uplifting Transformation

    Santa Maria Urban Ministry is a 501(c)(3).

    Our tax ID number is: 91-1811780


    We accept in-kind donations of food, clothing and educational supplies. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
    Online donating via PAYPAL is available below.



    Make your dollars work to help others.


    Your generous contribution to Santa Maria Urban Ministry is tax-deductible. Rest assured that your donation will go toward our efforts to help the underserved of the downtown San Jose/Washington neighborhood. 



    Our History

    Santa Maria Urban Ministry was founded in 1983 to provide emergency food to the needy residents of downtown San Jose, California. An outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, Santa Maria has featured a food pantry for over 30 years and offers educational and targeted programs to promote permanent, uplifting transformation.

    Our Mission

    Santa Maria Urban Ministry's mission is to provide our community with a safe, welcoming place for basic services that meet short-term needs and to promote permanent, uplifting transformation for client families through education, service and targeted programs.


    Meet our Operations Manager,

    ALFONSO Mendez


    As Operations Manager, Alfonso is involved in the daily managing of all the programs at Santa Maria - Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, and all educational programs. He also trains and supervises our many dedicated volunteers. Alfonso came to the Ministry in 2001 as a volunteer, first working in the warehouse and then becoming a Front Desk volunteer. He joined us as an employee in 2010. He is dedicated to both improving the lives of our clients and providing fulfilling volunteer opportunities at SMUM.


    Welcome Susan Price!

    Susan Price has joined our team as a part-time Community Development Coordinator. She knows our downtown San Jose community well and is a great addition to the team.

    HOURS and Holiday Schedule:


    SMUM is open every Monday - Friday 9:00am - Noon and every 1st and 3rd Saturday, also 9:00am - Noon.



    SMUM is closed on these holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Good Friday, the Saturday before Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend - including Wed-Sat, and Christmas Eve through the first Monday after Christmas.


    Santa Maria Urban Ministry is grateful for the work of its Board of Directors. The Board has recently completed a Strategic Plan and is working toward accomplishing its many goals.


    The Rev. Peggy Bryan, Convener

    Joanna Shreve, Treasurer

    George Jewett

    Howard Hill

    Jodi Margolies

    Stephanie Palmer

    Kenneth Rousseau

    Carl Thomas

    Peter Troop



    Current BOD standing committees include:

    Finance, Communications, Development, Community, Technology, Facilities


    If you have talents you'd like to share with one of our standing committees,

    please contact our Operations Manager, Alfonso Mendez at 19smum83@gmail.com




    Find Out More Today!



    (408) 292-3314


    execdirsmum@gmail.com or 19smum83@gmail.com







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