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Safe Space :

Our Fellowship Hall is open from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday through Friday. You are welcome to watch TV, use the computers, telephone and restrooms, or just hang out.


Personal Mail :

 
We hold personal mail for individuals for 30 days. 
 


Breakfast :

 Served Sunday through Friday from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. With a varied menu and an optional bible study on Wednesdays.


Lunch : 

Served Sunday through Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. With our hot lunch including a main dish, vegetable, salad, bread, fruit and desert whenever possible. Every third Sunday has a BBQ!


Toiletries : 

We have personal hygiene products including razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, band aids as well as other miscellaneous items available in travel sizes.


Clothes Closet :

 Our community clothes closet is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.


Art Room :

 Art supplies will be provided, Everyone is Welcome! Available Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Art Room for Children Wednesdays 10 to 11AM.
Two computers are available here for general use, time limited


Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas : 

Clinica de Salud, a local health care provider, brings their mobile clinic staffed with a doctor and a dentist (alternating) every Tuesday from 9:00 to 4:00.


Prescription Assistance : 

We will help you with your prescriptions whenever funds are available. Funding for seniors (60+) is generously provided by Episcopal Senior Housing.


Twelve Step Groups : 

As part of our continuing search for wholeness and recovery from unhealthy addictions, our facility hosts over 40 confidential small group meetings weekly.
 


VA Palo Alto Health Care System Housing Resource Group : 

Representatives are here every Tuesday morning to provide information and assist veterans with VA Transitional Housing, Senior Housing, Local Shelters, Financial Benefits, DD214 requests, Family Housing, Clean and Sober Living Environments, California State Veteran Homes as well as local food banks, free meal sites and drop-in centers. Come at 10:00am for support and 11:00am for housing.



 
Meals are provided in partnership with Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Curch, Wednesday Morning Bible Study Groupand Martha’s Kitchen (San Jose Ca.) and many other generous groups. Generous financial support provided by the citizens of Salinas, the Los Altos United Methodist Church and the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, among many other groups and individuals.
 
 

Additional volunteers, sealed food, clothing and financial support are always welcomed and appreciated. For more information about the services provided or opportunities to help, please call us at (831-424-0855) or email us at hope@salinasfirst.org

From the Office
 

           Derek Vasselin           

Gratefulness

I can’t believe the holidays are almost here again! This year has been going by so fast. Now I sit back and reflect on all the lessons the year has brought me so far. One thing that sticks out to me the most is how humble I’ve become and counting my blessings a lot more closely!
 
I think gratefulness goes hand in hand with humility. I just completed my fourth eye surgery and there is not much improvement in my eyesight yet. So every morning when I wake up, open my eyes and I can see, I’m so very grateful! I use to take it for granted every morning being able to see.
 
My eyes are like

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A Family Affair

All last week I was preparing myself to go and spend the weekend with my two daughters who I haven’t seen in about two years or so.

I was a nervous wreck all over this and as the weekend grew closer, I became more and more nervous as well.

My mind became my worst enemy and i thought that my daughters were going to just hate me. In the last few years I haven’t been much of a father to them and I wondered if they would even call me dad.

My daughters are my whole world. They mean everything to me and they always have. My youngest is fifteen and her name is Cali. My oldest is seventeen and her name is Jade.

Thank God Pastor Cindy mothered me and assured me that everything was going to be just fine. She embraced in a hug that only a Pastor can give. Thank you Pastor Cindy!

I left here and went to hotel in Santa Clara, that had a huge pool and everything. I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect for them.Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep the first night.

As the sun came up, I knew it was only a couple of hours away that both of my children would be in my arms.

They were being dropped off at 8AM. The next thing I knew, there was a knock at the door and


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