Urgent Announcement from the Shelter Network
March 18, 2020
In light of the expanding pandemic and its impact on Santa Clara County, the Village House Steering Committee decided to suspend its shelter operations indefinitely effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Although our hearts are truly saddened, the events of the past two weeks have left us all with few options.
The action to suspend operations was made in concert with St Frances Cabrini - current hosting site for the shelter - as the only reasonable one to make with the threat of the virus to many of our most devoted volunteers. The decision to close is in line with our concern for the safety of our guests and volunteers.
Our concern is also for the safety and well being of the women in the shelter. The Steering Committee decided to use Network reserves to house the women in local hotels until permanent housing or shelters become available for each of the 10 women currently housed in the shelter. Alicia Morales and Libby Echeverria will be working with the women on housing opportunities. There is the belief that several of the women will get housing within the week.
This has been an absolute gut-wrenching decision for all those involved, as we all are firmly convinced that we have been doing God's work through this ministry and genuinely care for the well being of these women. We also reflected on what the south bay faith community can accomplish when we all work together in the name of Christ.
We are hopeful that, over time, as the virus subsides, Village House will re-group and provide a renewed focus towards sheltering these women with all of our partner churches.
Mike Ferrero, Village House Chairperson