Faith In Action Celebrates Six Month Anniversary With Youth Dance


The Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter is marking its first six-month milestone with a special dance and mixer just for Bay Area high school students on Friday, Sept. 28, in Cupertino.

The shelter launched in March as a collaboration of more than 20 South Bay churches, individuals, and companies, to provide meals, shelter, and other supportive services for 15 homeless men at a time, for a period of up to 90 days.  Each month a different church or synagogue houses the shelter, with volunteers providing meals. According to shelter organizers, more than 45 men have been served so far, with 18 moving into permanent housing situations.

To celebrate its success and raise funds at the same time, the Faith in Action nonprofit is throwing the dance for up to 300 high school students from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd., Cupertino. In addition to music and dancing, the event will include refreshments and opportunities to learn more about how students can make a difference in the community.

Tickets are on sale now for $5 if students RSVP in advance, or $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the rotating shelter. To RSVP, email program intern Kelsey Haynes at

“We want to see a lot of high school students at our benefit dance,” said Haynes, a senior at the Middle School program at De Anza Community College, and organizer of the dance. “It’s a great chance to invite your friends and meet new people while making a real difference in your local community.”

The convergence of youth and community to support the rotating shelter was an original vision of founder and unpaid executive director Cathey Edwards, she told Good Neighbor Stories in March. The organization’s goal was to include all ages in support of the shelter, from families with young children, to youth, and up to senior citizens, by providing opportunities to volunteer, provide in-kind donations, and raise funds.

In six months the small nonprofit has managed to bring together a wide variety of volunteers, businesses, and partner nonprofits to support the shelter guests.

“We are so fortunate to have so many caring volunteers who support the rotating shelter by donating meals, bicycles, sleeping bags, and other supplies,” Edwards said in a recent statement. “We are seeing volunteers working with our amazing staff to create job development programs, help our guests with financial planning, and hosting the shelter in the evenings.”

The organization is always looking for more help, either from volunteers or donors of money and supplies. See the website for more information.