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Opening Doors 2020 – Social Cause Network

Alert: We are considered an essential service and will continue to operate our weekly meal service for the homeless.

Due to the COVID-19 national crisis, our new program will temporarily serve meals outdoors at 2nd and St. James Street Parking Lot.

Donation Alert: During the COVID-19 crisis we are accepting financial donations, masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol, gloves, napkins, plastic forks, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, and volunteers. Email or call 408-401-1090 for donation drop off.

To make a financial donation, please CLICK HERE.

New City Sponsored Homeless Meals Program Adjacent to St. James Park


VOLUNTEER to serve a healthy nutritious meal to those in need. The NEW downtown meals program in partnership with the City of San Jose , Martha’s Kitchen, and various other nonprofit partners, was established so the homeless that frequent St James Park should never have to endure eating outdoors again. The NEW lunch program will offer healthy nutritious meals indoors, in a safe environment, in a County health approved kitchen, at a centralized downtown location at 304 North 6th Street, however due to the COVID-19 national crisis, our new program will temporarily serve meals outdoors at 2nd and St. James Street parking lot with restrooms, and a chance to sit and enjoy a nutritious meal in a dining room setting, with access to other safety net resources. No one should ever have to call a Park their dining room on cold and hot summer days. We are seeking individuals, existing park groups, new groups, students, faith-based groups, clubs, corporations, and other nonprofits to help serve a nutritious lunch to the downtown homeless in a indoor, safe, dignified setting every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during the lunch hour.  SIGN-UP HERE

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce generational poverty in Santa Clara County. We do so by educating and connecting low-income families, seniors, veterans, and the homeless to vital safety net services in Santa Clara County and in the heart of downtown San Jose. Opening Doors 2020 is a California 501c3 nonprofit.

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Some of Our Community Friends

Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson Center, Catholic Charities, NAMI, Front Door Communities, Marth’s Kitchen, Midtown Family Services, Salvation Arrmy, LifeMoves, HomeFirst, Social Security Administration, PATH, Firstasia, Gardner Medical, Grace Solutions, Mary Dowd, Downtown Streets Team, The Winterfaith Collaborative, Recovery Café, Peninsula Family Services, Project Hire/Route 22, Roots Community Services, Stand Up for Kids, Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, Santa County Districts Attorneys Office, Pheonix Data Center of SCC, Second Harvest and many more.

The PayPerBag Project

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. Opening Doors 2020 launched an innovative new effort to address blight in one neighborhood of the city, and it will help some of those living outdoors gain a sense of purpose and build community where they already live.

Beginning in October, The PayPerBag Project, a program of Opening Doors 2020 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.

Opening Doors 2020 accepts donations of 30 gallon bags, gloves, or gift cards.


  • Increased awareness of the downtown corridor at-risk family populations and throughout Santa Clara County
  • Helped to refocus the way the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County now address the St James Park Corridor homeless meal services and volunteer park meal providers
  • ​Established a new St James Park Alternate feeding site where those in need can eat in dignity and receive immediate safety net services and referrals.
  • ​Created a network of nonprofit provider participation at social cause community forums and workshops

Some of Our Friends in Government

City of San Jose, City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, SJPD, Santa Clara County Sheriffs Dept, Councilmember Raul Peralez, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Supervisor Dave Cortese, Supervisor Joe Simitian, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, and Congressman Ro Khanna. City of San Jose Housing Department, City of San Jose Parks and Recreation, County of Santa Clara HMIS, Santa Clara Valley Water District Richard Santos, and many more.

Just Some of Our Work

Meals without Borders is an emergency meal service network. The platform is designed to connect more low income households, homeless and volunteers to coordinated free lunch meal sites in high poverty impacted communities in the City of San Jose and the surrounding communities.

“Great job!” Office of Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17)

“Please let us know how we can help” Office of Assembly Member Ash Kalra 27th Assembly District

“Sign us up!” Comunidad Cristiana

“We would be happy to be listed in your resource listing.” Front Door Communities/Lifted Spirits

Core Services

Emergency Rental/Deposit assistance for families,  seniors, veterans, and homeless

Housing location services & referrals

Senior support services & referrals

Emergency meal services

Community workshops and Social Cause Events

Veteran Support Referrals

Community Roundtable

Topic: Homeless Encampments in the San Jose Downtown Core meeting- Open to the public

When: Expired

Where: 49 North 4th Street, SJ ca 95112 (formally 1st Presbyterian church)

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Pizza and refreshments provided