welcome to

The Window

A service of Cathedral Office of Social Ministry

Established in 1983 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and now located at John XXIII Multi-Service Center, 195 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112.

 
 
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Cathedral Office of Social Ministry is dedicated to serving those who are homeless, those released from incarceration, and other vulnerable residents 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. Each day, the program serves approximately 200 individuals who represent a wide variety of denominations, ethnicities and traditions. Services are provided free of charge through three programs: The Window, Healthcare Clinic and Bridges of Hope.


 

HEALTHCARE CLINIC

The Clinic provides free primary healthcare to those who are homeless, migrant workers and those with no health insurance. The drop-in clinic is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with a Mobile Healthcare Van covering day and evening outreach hours in various shelter locations. 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. 

Services include:

  • Primary Healthcare Assessment and Treatment

  • Preventive Health Services and Education

  • Immunization and Flu Injections

  • Pharmacy Prescription with the St. James Clinic

 


THE WINDOW

  • Open 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (Closed 12:00-1:30 p.m.)

  • Postal Service: A safe place where the homeless and those released from incarceration receive mail while in transition and rebuilding their lives.

  • Phone service available to make appointments and receive messages.

  • Sandwiches and granola bars distributed

  • Referrals to Re-Entry Center 150 W. Mission including Faith Based

  • Referrals to shelter, clothing, employment, housing and community programs

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

  • Help with navigating immigration, domestic violence, legal documents

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. Services include:

  • Connect individuals with a faith community

  • Healthcare

  • Mobility/Transportation

  • Food

  • Housing

  • Employment

  • Legal documents

  • Adult Education

  • Family/Social Relations


HOW YOU CAN HELP

Please donate razors, deodorant, tooth brushes and toothpaste, toiletries, socks, ponchos, beanies, scarves, gloves and umbrellas. Volunteer opportunities are available including organizing a team to make sandwiches.

For information, please contact Sharon Miller, smiller@catholiccharitiesscc.org.