Office of Social Ministry
A project of the San Jose Cathedral Foundation

Established in 1983

The Office of Social Ministry is dedicated to serving those who are homeless and other vulnerable residents of San Jose. We help them improve the quality of their lives, in the belief every human being is blessed with God-given dignity.

The office is staffed with a full-time Director, a full-time Jesuit Volunteer, a part-time Social Ministry staff member, and Volunteers. We work in partnership with Gardner Family Health Network and Catholic Charities. The healthcare positions are funded through a McKinney Vento Federal grant.  The Social Ministry Office is funded with Cathedral Concerts, Parish Donations, Private Donations, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Grants.

The office is open Monday-Friday.

We serve approximately 200 individuals per day, with a wide variety of denominations, ethnicities and traditions. Services are provided free of charge.
We had a successful Health fair on November 20th sponsored with the Catholic Community grant, Supervisor David Cortese's Office, Gardner Family Healthcare INC, Low-income Self-Help Center, CHAM Deliverance and a free lunch provided with the CRS Rice Bowl grant. About 500 came to the Health Fair. Participants received health screenings, flu shots, glucose and cholesterol checks, the Academy Salon Professionals and Mikel Sessions of Krush Salon provided hair cuts. The West Med nursing program provided foot washings with a fresh new pair of socks donated from Catholic Korean Community. Winter coats, blankets, scarfs, and knitted beanies were given out. Bellarmine College Prep donated umbrellas. The Santa Clara County Office of Veterans Services, Goodwill of Silicon Valley's Homeless Vets Program, U.S. Social Security Department, SCC Social Services, SCC Behavioral Health, and the DA's Public Defenders office joined us, including one of our downtown neighbor tech companies, iD tech. The Public Health Department parked their van in back of the Cathedral providing HIV screening. Second Harvest Food Bank provided a nutritionist, healthy food education. Family portraits were also taken.

We had a successful Health fair on November 20th sponsored with the Catholic Community grant, Supervisor David Cortese's Office, Gardner Family Healthcare INC, Low-income Self-Help Center, CHAM Deliverance and a free lunch provided with the CRS Rice Bowl grant. About 500 came to the Health Fair. Participants received health screenings, flu shots, glucose and cholesterol checks, the Academy Salon Professionals and Mikel Sessions of Krush Salon provided hair cuts. The West Med nursing program provided foot washings with a fresh new pair of socks donated from Catholic Korean Community. Winter coats, blankets, scarfs, and knitted beanies were given out. Bellarmine College Prep donated umbrellas. The Santa Clara County Office of Veterans Services, Goodwill of Silicon Valley's Homeless Vets Program, U.S. Social Security Department, SCC Social Services, SCC Behavioral Health, and the DA's Public Defenders office joined us, including one of our downtown neighbor tech companies, iD tech. The Public Health Department parked their van in back of the Cathedral providing HIV screening. Second Harvest Food Bank provided a nutritionist, healthy food education. Family portraits were also taken.

 We celebrate three events a year:
  • The feast of St. Joseph, March 19th celebrates 12:05 PM liturgy with the Bishop inside the Cathedral followed with a free lunch in Loyola Hall sponsored through the downtown restaurants and the Fairmont.
  • November - a free health fair.
  • Season of Hope Concert Series December 12th – 23rd
Catholic High Schools and Public Schools

Connect with us through the calendar year to host a free BBQ serving the homeless.
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How You Can Help

Take to” The Window” razors, and toiletries, organize a sandwich team, volunteer, make a check out to the San Jose Cathedral Foundation.