Past Renovations

Valley Village Retirement Community

HIF spent a sunny day in October 2016 with our friends at Valley Village Retirement Community, giving the wonderful senior residents an updated building and brand new community kitchen. Valley Village encourages seniors to live at their highest level of independence and personal dignity by providing affordable housing with a variety of services, inspiring them to […]

New Light at Daybreak

Teenage years are hard enough for anybody – now imagine living through these years on the streets. For ten youth at a time, ages 16 to 21, StarVista’s Daybreak house offers a roof over their head, supportive services, and independent living skills training. Unfortunately, the Daybreak house had some issues, and HIF wanted to help ensure […]

The Salvation Army

30 year-old building gets much deserved makeover The Salvation Army offers a lifeline to adults who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves, and want to get back on their feet. Rehabilitation Centers provide residential housing, work, and therapy, in a safe, clean environment. The center in San Jose has […]

StarVista Your House South

Homelessness looks different for youth. It may mean a child sneaking through a friend’s window so he or she has a floor to sleep on that night.  Did you know that there are over 700 homeless youth in our community every single night? Thanks to StarVista, up to six of these 700 children have a […]

LifeMoves Julian Street Inn

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness For the 1,000 homeless individuals housed each night, including families, men and women, children, and veterans, LifeMoves provides so much more than just temporary shelter.  LifeMoves’ programs combat homelessness today—and tomorrow—by teaching comprehensive life skills that help individuals struggling with homelessness achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Julian Street Inn, one of LifeMoves’ shelters, […]

The Parisi House on the Hill Renovation

The Parisi House on the Hill (Parisi House) is Santa Clara County’s first mother-and-child residential alcohol and drug treatment facility, allowing mothers to focus on their six-month treatment program without the emotional distraction caused when separated from their child. Parisi House provides living facilities for 20 mothers and 22 children (up to age 5) who […]

A Place of Their Own

Giving young adults aging out foster care a stable place to start The odds are stacked against youth who are transitioning out of foster care. At 18, foster kids “age out” of most assistance, including housing, food, and educational support, yet lack resources that other teens usually take for granted, like a family to assist […]


Every year, over 250 adults and children walk through the doors of the CORA domestic violence shelter in San Mateo County seeking refuge. When HIF staff visited the shelter last year, they saw that the shelter needed some saving of its own: the converted garage being used for group therapy and movie nights had an […]

Safe Harbor Shelter

In 2001, the Safe Harbor Shelter opened as a temporary cold-weather shelter for homeless adults in San Mateo County under the guidance of then-County Supervisor Jerry Hill.  A converted warehouse, the facility housed 90 adults every night and met a critical need that, unfortunately, didn’t end with the changing of the seasons. Recognizing this, a […]

It Takes a Village

New Creation House Gets A New Look Sitting on a small lot near the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, New Creation House is both home to young mothers working through educational programs, and playground for their children. New Creation Home Ministries also uses the venue to provide young mothers with academic, vocational, parental and […]