June 3, 2009 > EHC LifeBuilders
By Sargunjot Kaur
As much as we may not want to believe, unemployment rates are approaching double digits which, coupled with the mounting cost of living, is leaving more and more people with no homes or shelters. Santa Clara County's EHC LifeBuilders have never been in more need from the community than now.
As the leading provider for shelter, housing opportunities, and supportive services to people in need, EHC has reported a 12% increase in emergency shelter stays in the last quarter alone compared to the same time last year.
"The number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness for the first time is rapidly rising. We must stand together as a community to maintain the safety net and prevent more of our neighbors from falling into poverty, homelessness, and despair" said Jenny Niklaus, CEO of EHC LifeBuilders.
The organization does not merely provide a shelter or a bed to those in need, but also hope and opportunity to help rebuild their lives. In their mission statement they mention, "We recognized that ending homelessness and poverty required more than just providing shelter - it meant offering up a hand to those who were down."
Through EHC LifeBuilders, the organization provides a range of housing and supportive service programs located at nine sites in the Santa Clara County. The programs are geared to fit specific needs of homeless men, women, and children as well as those individuals at-risk of homelessness.
One such program, the Shelter Outreach Program, has been the refuge for many homeless individuals during the winter months.
With the help of county funds and over 1,200 community volunteers, the program benefits an estimated 2,900 people every season. Many individuals in these programs are veterans, seniors, and families who had never expected to ever be in such a dire condition. The organization is truly composed of "life builders."
The organization depends on the donations of blankets, coats, toiletry items, and food to make it through their winter program.
For general information contact EHC LifeBuilders at email@example.com
If you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or know someone who is, or if you'd like more information on how one of our programs can help you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 539-2100.