Almost Home Camping Program

$3,210 of $21,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 22 months
We are the Gilroy Compassion Center in...you guessed it...the garlic capitol of the world, Gilroy, California. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering a day center for local homeless families and singles.

We run an innovative camping program whereby we place qualified people who sleep on the streets into county campgrounds. Camping everynight is expensive. The top expenses are the camping fees, then gas for our passenger van, then camping supplies (batteries for flashlights and lanterns, propane, etc.).

Our operations budget is tight and we need help funding this program.  We will use all donations to pay for the aforementioned expenses.  Your donation is tax-deductable and you will receive a receipt.  Our goal of $32,000 will carry us through for eight months.

We need help now as we pick-up our clients each morning to bring them into town. Some of them have jobs, some have medical appointments, and all need to take care of other personal things. We take them back each night. The daily camping fees and gas for the van require a lot of debit card swipes and check writing.

We believe we are called to provide shelter to the wanderers. As of today, we have about a dozen people sleeping in a safe, legal, and sanitary place. Each one of them has plans and dreams of a permanent place to live.  The attached picture shows Sam and Melissa. They dream of living in a tiny home as part of a village we are working on to create. This will take time. Sam and Melissa and the others volunteer many hours at our center. They are truly grateful for all that we do for them.

We will be so grateful for your support. Even a small amount of $30 will pay for one campsite for one day. Think about how blessed you are to have a bed and a home. We believe that we are making a difference in these lives.  Please consider being a part of this amazing program.
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Thank you, everyone! The campers will move to Coyote camp ground this weekend. This will save us money. More support is needed as we need to provide gas for our van, food, and moving costs. Please consider a donation. We appreciate all prayers and gifts!
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Gilroy Compassion Center's Almost Home Camping Program is now in the 5th year! We restarted the program after a long winter at the shelter. About 8 people are in the program today in a safe and legal place to live. Running the program is very expensive. We spent about $4000 a month on camping fees and gasoline to bring the camper backs to the city. Your donations will go along way to help these people stay off the streets. 100% of your donations go to paying the camping fees. Please watch this video and consider giving today. Your donation is tax-deductible. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Meet my friends Rudi and Maria
Graduated! Now living under a roof
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Gilroy Compassion Center's Almost Home Camping Program is now in the fourth year. We restarted the program after a long winter at the shelter. About a dozen people are in the program today in a safe and legal place to live. Running the program is very expensive. We spent about $4000 a month on camping fees and gasoline to bring the camper backs to the city. Your donations will go along way to help these people stay off the streets. 100% of your donations go to paying the camping fees. Please watch this new video and consider giving today. Your donation is tax-deductible. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Meet my friends Rudi and Maria
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Hello friends of the homeless. We are so grateful for the amazing support of this campaign. Our campers are equally grateful. As we start to experience the first storm of the season, please consider additional support of our campers. Imaging what it is like camping in the wind and rain. We will need to replace torn tents. We need tarps. Any amount given will add up to what we need. Thank you.
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Jan Bernstein Chargin
22 months ago
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Hi John, thank you for sharing your concerns. All of the campers have a case management plan and commit to making progress and participating in the center. The majority of campers have made good use of the resource. Occasionally an individual must be removed from the program for non-compliance.

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Mary Jacinta Silva
11 months ago

Thank you Tony Mannino!

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John Martin
22 months ago

I have been hearing about some of these people drinking, using drugs, often having warrants while in these campsites where families take their kids. Are there stipulations that ensure these people are there for help and not just to use the site for a party? There should be something in place to ensure these folks using the service are not abusing it .

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$3,210 of $21,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 22 months
Created September 24, 2016
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$200
Anonymous
4 months ago
$100
Carolyn Dodd
7 months ago
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Thank you. ❤️

$50
Freda Kogan
7 months ago
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Thanks, Jan for all you do!

$20
Anonymous
10 months ago
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Jan Bernstein Chargin
22 months ago
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Hi John, thank you for sharing your concerns. All of the campers have a case management plan and commit to making progress and participating in the center. The majority of campers have made good use of the resource. Occasionally an individual must be removed from the program for non-compliance.

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Mary Jacinta Silva
11 months ago

Thank you Tony Mannino!

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John Martin
22 months ago

I have been hearing about some of these people drinking, using drugs, often having warrants while in these campsites where families take their kids. Are there stipulations that ensure these people are there for help and not just to use the site for a party? There should be something in place to ensure these folks using the service are not abusing it .

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