Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Cathedral Social Ministries
John XXIII Multi-Service Center

The Office of Social Ministry is a unique parish-based partnership between the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County dedicated to serving those who are homeless, those released from incarceration, the elderly, and other vulnerable residents of our parish and Diocese of San Jose. We help them improve the quality of their lives, integrating health and social services in the belief every human being is blessed with God-given dignity. 

Office of Social Ministry

The office is staffed with a full-time Director, a full-time Jesuit Volunteer, Community Navigation Workers, Case-Managers, and Volunteers. We work in partnership with Gardner Healthcare, Healthcare to the Homeless Project, (HCH). Healthcare positions are funded through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, a federal grant administered by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services partnered with churches and community centers. There are now 208 HCH projects nationally. The Social Ministry Office is funded with Cathedral Concerts, Church Donations, Private Donations, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Grants. We serve approximately 150 individuals per day, with a wide variety of denominations, ethnicities and traditions. All services are provided free of charge.

The Window 9:30A.M. – 5:00PM Closed 12:00-1:30P.M.

  • • Postal Service, a safe place where homeless individuals, veterans, families who need a mailing address for their school age children, including homeless students attending SJSU, and those released from incarceration receive mail; while in transition, rebuilding their lives.
  • • Sandwiches, granola bars, and toiletries
  • • Navigation to shelter, clothing, employment, housing, community programs

reentry, immigration, domestic violence, legal documents, and benefits

  • • Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (CoC) advocating homeless solutions

Healthcare Clinic 8:00A.M. – 12:00P.M.

The Clinic provides free primary healthcare to those who are homeless, migrant workers, those with no health insurance. The drop-in clinic is open Monday – Thursday with a Mobile Healthcare Van covering day and evening outreach hours in various locations, shelters with children, churches, and soup kitchens. The healthcare team is comprised of a Primary Physician, Nurse Family Practitioner (NFP), Medical Assistant, Case-Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor, Business Office Clerk, and Medical Records Clerk. Approximately 13,000 HIPPA protected medical records are maintained on this site.

  • • Primary Healthcare Assessment and Treatment
  • • Preventive Health Services and Education
  • • Immunization, Flu Injections, and Pharmacy

Bridges of Hope: Healing the Wounds of Incarceration

Faith Based Resource Center

Santa Clara County Mental Health Department (SCCMHD) contracted with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and First Christian Church Recovery Cafe to launch a faith based resource center (FBRC) focusing on the provision of reentry services and case-management to individuals and families healing from the effects of incarceration in local jail or state prison. Bridges of Hope is connected to a set of four FBRCs through SCCMHD’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded Innovation 06: Faith Reentry Collaborative Project. Bridges of Hope is part of the Public Safety Realignment Program (AB109). We staff resource tables 4 days a week at Elmwood Correctional Facility. We work in collaboration with the Diocese of San Jose Chaplains and Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy (CIC). We see clients on a weekly basis in our case-management offices at John XXIII Service Center.

  • • Assessment
  • • Primary Healthcare, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
  • • Mobility/Transportation/DUI programs/DMV-ID replacement
  • • Food
  • • Housing/THU placement
  • • Employment, work clothes, union dues paid, tattoo removal
  • • Adult Education & Training Programs
  • • Legal documents, attendance with court hearings
  • • Family Reunification, family resource centers & childcare, children’s educational and extra-curricular activities supported, re-connection with a Faith Community

Free Cultural Events:

  • • The feast of St. Joseph, March 19th celebrates 12:05 PM liturgy with the Bishop inside the Cathedral followed with a lunch in Loyola Hall, “Joseph’ Table” sponsored through the downtown restaurants and the Fairmont.
  • • Ramadan Inner Faith Prayer Service and Iftar Dinner
  • • In the month of November, we host a Health Fair located at the Cathedral
  • • Season of Hope Cathedral Concert Series December 12th – 23rd   

 Catholic High Schools and Public Schools

  • • Connect with us through the calendar year to volunteer

How You Can Help

Take to” The Window” razors, deodorant, tooth paste, toiletries; organize a sandwich team, volunteer, make a monetary donation. Checks are written to: Social Ministries

195 E. San Fernando St. San Jose CA 95112 (408) 293-8118