The population we served in 2020…


were experiencing homelessness


were senior citizens


were retired veterans

Get Involved with Meals Without Borders

During the COVID-19 crisis, in partnership with the City of San Jose and The County of Santa Clara, Opening Doors 2020 will continue to serve 52 weeks a year during the pandemic.

We are seeking volunteers during the shelter-in-place order for 1 hour of service to serve and prepare hot lunches to low-income populations and people experiencing homelessness at the following locations and times.

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce generational poverty in Santa Clara County. We do so by educating and connecting low-income populations and people experiencing homelessness to vital safety net services in Santa Clara County and the heart of downtown San Jose. Opening Doors 2020 is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit.

How We’re Making a Difference

  • ​During the COVID-19 crisis, established an innovative, first-of-its-kind in the nation, mobile feeding unit for those in need.
  • Increased awareness of the at-risk family populations throughout Santa Clara County and Downtown San Jose.
  • Refocused the way the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County address the St. James Park Corridor homeless meal services and volunteer park meal providers.
  • ​Created a network of non-profit provider participation at social cause community forums and workshops.

Despite the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order
in November and December, we distributed


items of warm clothing


and hot lunches to those in need

Hear From Our Volunteers

What We Do


Community Education and Involvement Workshops and Social Cause Events.


COVID-19 emergency meal services for low-income seniors, families, and people experiencing homelessness.


Emergency rental and deposit assistance for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness.


Veteran and Senior support services and/or referrals. Housing location services and/or referrals.

San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley, but as one travels through the city you’ll see that homelessness is a major crisis, along with the build up of trash and debris everywhere. In October 2019, Opening Doors 2020 launched an innovative, new effort to address blight in one neighborhood of the city and help individuals living outdoors gain a sense of purpose and build community where they live.

In October 2019, The PayPerBag Project, an Opening Doors 2020 program, began working with homeless residents to pay them “per” bag of trash they pick up, focusing on parts of the Downtown Hensley Neighborhood District. “We are working to transform communities, and maybe we can begin to change the narrative about homeless living in our community.” said Executive Director, David S. Hernandez.

Coming Soon

Learn more about Opening Doors 2020 and the population we serve in Downtown San Jose. Located by the Guadalupe River, Columbus Park is one of the most dense homeless encampment centers in San Jose with over 300 homeless residents―located just five minutes away from the lively downtown scene of San Pedro Square Market.

Join Us for Upcoming Events

Due to the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, all social cause events are cancelled until further notice. Stay connected with Opening Doors 2020 by donating and/or volunteering with us!

Our Friends in the
Community & Government

  • Gardner Medical
  • Entrees Unlimited
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • United Way
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Front Door Communities
  • Midtown Family Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
  • LifeMoves
  • HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County
  • People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)
  • GroundWerx/PBID
  • EAH Housing
  • Recovery Café
  • Martha’s Kitchen
  • Peninsula Food Runners
  • Peninsula Family Services
  • Phoenix Data Center of Santa Clara County
  • City of San Jose
  • City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • San Jose Police Department
  • Santa Clara County Sheriffs Department
  • City of San Jose Councilmember David Cohen (D4)
  • City of San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis (D1)
  • City of San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3)
  • Senator Dave Cortese
  • Supervisor Otto Lee
  • ESUHSD Board President Van Le
  • Supervisor Joe Simitian
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
  • Congressman Ro Khanna
  • City of San Jose Housing Department
  • City of San Jose Parks and Recreation
  • Santa Clara County HMIS
  • Social Security Administration
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Richard Santos
  • Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney

Contact Us

598 North 1st Street, Suite A
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 401-1090