Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter for Homeless Men Celebrates First Year With Benefit Concert

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faith-in-action-silicon-valley-rotating-shelter-choral-project-benefit-concertVolunteer leaders of the Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter (“SV Rotating Shelter”) announced recently that as of their one year anniversary on March 3, they have provided shelter and other life-enhancing services to 68 homeless men throughout Santa Clara County; 33 have become employed and moved into permanent housing.

To mark the one year anniversary and encourage community involvement, SV Rotating Shelter is hosting a Celebration and Benefit Concert Saturday, May 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Congregational Community Church, 1112 S. Bernardo Avenue (at Remington) in Sunnyvale, CA.

The featured choral group for the evening is The Choral Project, headquartered in San Jose. The concert is a ‘thank you gift’ to the community from the Choral Project, and proceeds will benefit the future operations of the Shelter.Tickets are $20 each and may be ordered through Eventbrite: http://thechoralproject-faithinaction-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

“We are excited to celebrate a successful first year,” said Cathey Edwards, who serves as the non-paid executive director. “Faith groups and service groups, as well as dozens of community volunteers, have contributed time, materials, supplies and services to make the experience for our clients a meaningful one. Having 33 men obtain permanent housing and become employed is a solid measure we can all feel good about.”

Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter is a collaborative among more than twenty churches, congregations and local community organizations that offers a “new beginning” for the homeless. The goal is to provide a supportive shelter environment for members of the homeless community with a focus on providing guests with case management in order to establish a stable, self-sufficient lifestyle and move into permanent housing. The program began with 9 “guests” and can accommodate up to 15 men for any 90-day period.

faith-in-action-silicon-valley-rotating-shelter“We focused on building a strong support system and on fundraising this year,” said Cupertino mayor, and SV Rotating Shelter board member, Orrin Mahoney. “Our concerted effort through our ‘Empowering Motivated Men’ campaign brought in close to $150,000. Strategically, we are working on a sustainable model for this much needed program.”

The Choral Group has a special affinity for SV Rotating Shelter. It is known for their unique approach of bringing together talented musicians and vocalists, looking to further their craft. Their repertoire on May 4th will feature music that spans several cultures, and many styles. Highlights include: Howard Hanson’s “A Prayer of the Middle Ages,” Veljo Tormis’s stunning and virtuosic “Jaanilaul,” Christopher Tin’s “Baba yetu” (made famous from the video game “Civilization), Brad Holmes’s exciting triple-choir American hymn setting of “Weeping Mary,” and the rhythmic, toe-tapping “O sifuni mungu.” Other favorites will include the world premiere of Mac Huff’s arrangement of the popular song “Some Nights,” made famous by the pop-rock group FUN. The program will include music ranging from songs that stir one’s soul, to those that make mirthful laughter.

Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN: 45-3669324, is a public benefit non-profit organized to provide housing, case management and services to homeless men in Santa Clara County. The faith community provides the shelter, food and other in-kind services. The nonprofit provides professional case management and supervision. Mailing address: Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter, 1669-2 Hollenbeck Ave. #220, Sunnyvale, CA 95087. For further information, and a list of items to support the program, go to: www.faithinactionsv.org