SafePark – Volunteers Needed

SafePark Program

SafePark is a program that allows homeless people, including students at our local colleges, to park their cars safely overnight so that they can get some sleep without the threat of theft or violence. 

For the month of June, Congregation Beth David will be co-hosting SafePark at Westhope Presbyterian Church (corner of Saratoga Ave and Cox in Saratoga).  Westhope is providing the physical location, and we are providing volunteers.
Please Sign Up to volunteer

We need two volunteers for 75 minute shifts in the evenings (7:45 – 9:00pm) to check the guests in for the night and two volunteers for 45 minute shifts in the mornings (6:45 – 7:30am) to check guests out.  We also plan to offer a hot meal to our guests (up to 15 guests) once a week on Wednesday.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to help operate a program that brings relief to people in our greater community that have been forced into the hard choice of living in their car. Please Sign Up to help us administer the program successfully!

From Rivka Shenhav
There are 28,000 homeless people in the Bay Area and the main cause for their dire situation is the severe shortage of affordable housing. While this shortage problem needs to be solved, any solution will take a few years. In the meanwhile, it is our moral responsibility to offer needed help to alleviate the difficulties of their lives.  

The high costs of rental in the Bay Area has pushed many people to live in their cars. That includes students attending local community colleges and people that have a regular job locally, but do not earn enough to live in the Bay Area and are unwilling to move to a place that will require a few hour drive to their job and back. As the number of car dwellers has soared in recent years, many cities in California have turned to offering car dwellers Safe Car Parks where they can safely park overnight without being harassed by either police or neighbors.

Last year, Saratoga joined the list of cities that changed their code to allow for operating a Safe Car Park program in church and local community college parking lots. The program is administered by a coalition of faith organizations in the city, that open their parking lot for overnight parking (7pm – 8am) and offer basic hosting services to the guests in the program. 

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