Santa Maria Urban Ministry
MEETING IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND
SUPPORTING LONG-TERM TRANSFORMATION
See how Santa Maria makes clients' lives better every day.
We thank our clients for sharing their viewpoints about Santa Maria's transformative impact on their lives.
Our summer camps were a tremendous success!
Thank you to those of you who made it possible!
See photos below in photo gallery below.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for our
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.Mendez@santamariasj.org
We also need volunteer PRESCHOOL TEACHERS.
Just one wonderful morning a week with our adorable 3 and 4 year olds!
Contact Stephanie Palmer for more info: email@example.com
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Learn how Santa Maria helps our clients. Every day in every way.
Food Pantry helpers needed! Can you spare an hour in our Food Pantry? This is a busy time and we need your help. Contact Alfonso with your available hours at Alfonso.Mendez@santamariasj.org
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!
WHAT WE DO and WHY
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 promote permanent, uplifting transformation.
Santa Maria strives to provide life-changing services for our downtown San Jose community,
continually improving the lives of our client families by serving as a resource center
for both immediate and transformative services.
WHO WE SERVE:
Located near downtown San Jose, Santa Maria serves the adjacent low-income neighborhoods.
Most of our clients initially come to Santa Maria
for our well-stocked Food Pantry services, and then become a part of our community
through our educational programs and their own service here.
HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT:
Santa Maria is a small, nimble and close-knit community resource center.
We know our clients by name; we know their children, their grandchildren.
We have families with children attending college now
who started school at our ABC Playtime Preschool 20 years ago.
Our clients come back to us because they are a part of Santa Maria's very fabric.
Many start as clients and then become volunteers here themselves.
Clients receive food for their family and help us pack food boxes for neighboring families.
Parents with children in our educational programs can be seen here daily cooking, organizing, cleaning and contributing to the lifeblood of Santa Maria. Long-lasting friendships form here.
At Santa Maria, the personal touch lies at the very heart of all that we do.
WHAT ARE OUR CORE VALUES?
• We share a compassion for the under-served in San Jose
• We want to improve the lives of our community members
• We believe that the best way to uplift our community is to provide a safe,
welcoming place of transformation that feels like a second home
• We provide free educational programs because we believe that
education is the key to transformation and better futures
• We work closely with our community
to provide the most valued programs and services
• We aim to develop meaningful relationships within our community, every day
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, 95112, 95117, 95125, 95126, 95128, 95131, 95132 and 95134.
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
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 - 11:30am
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.
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!
Summer Camps for Youth and Teens
Our camps keep kids safe and engaged all summer!
Studio Summer Camp for grades 1-5
Teen Leadership Camp for teens
Contact Alfonso Mendez: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Free 6-week camps every summer keep our community's kids safe, learning and engaged. Weekly field trips enhance the camp experience. (More photos in photo gallery.)
Santa Maria is open Monday - Friday,
9:00 - 11:45am and
Every First and Third Saturday:
9:00am - 11:45am
We are located near downtown San Jose:
778 S. Almaden Ave., (x street is Union)
San Jose, CA 95110
Visit today to see what we have to offer you!
(or see how you can help!)
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.
SUPPORT SANTA MARIA
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. For further information about becoming a friend of SMUM, contact:
Alfonso Mendez, Operations Manager: Alfonso.Mendez@santamariasj.org
At Santa Maria, we love and
appreciate our wonderful 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
for its tremendous, game-changing financial support and to its many supportive parishioners who give time, talent and treasure to Santa Maria on a regular basis.
Special thanks to Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, CA http://www.st-andrews-saratoga.org
for its long-term generous support of SMUM.
And huge thanks to St. Timothy's, Los Altos for its active and enthusiastic support and fundraising efforts on our behalf. http://www.sttims.org
To our newest and extremely benevolent supporter,
The Valley Foundation www.valley.org, we extend heartfelt thanks! Your generosity will make BIG NEW THINGS possible for us!
Special thanks to the Wu Family Foundation and the Leonard Foundation for steadfast support of Santa Maria throughout the years. And we welcome and thank the Smith Family Foundation for their generous support.
Great thanks to these supportive friends of Santa Maria who have provided funds through grant opportunities:
- Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation
- AAUW; American Association of University Women,
San Jose Chapter
- City of San Jose, Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force
- Maria Kip Orphanage Foundation
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Health Trust
Many thanks to all the Episcopal and other churches, friends, volunteers, corporations and agencies who support Santa Maria and our mission.
Thanks to all who have contributed via our SV Gives site:
Special THANKS to JP Graphics, Santa Clara:
www.jp-graphics.com for our beautiful new logo!
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
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.
WHO WE ARE
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,
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,
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.
Our Board of Directors:
Santa Maria Urban Ministry is grateful for the work of its Board of Directors. The Board has developed a Strategic Plan and is working toward accomplishing its many goals.
The Rev. George McDonnell , Convener
Joanna Shreve, Treasurer
Active Community Life at Santa Maria!
Come join the fun!