Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish has been serving the local community since the parish was founded in 1913. Back in the 1970s, building on the good work of the long-established Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the parish started an outreach program that today continues to operate a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provide emergency aid in the form of vouchers for groceries and gasoline, as well as monetary assistance for the payment of rent, utilities, or other necessities.

On May 31, the parish was recognized with a 2017 CREST (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) Award by the City of Cupertino. The award is given to individuals or organizations making major contributions to the quality of life in Cupertino during the 2016 calendar year. The award honors outstanding community volunteers. Individuals of all ages will be considered.

For over 40 years, parishioners at Saint Joseph of Cupertino have donated, assembled, and distributed boxes of food for the Thanksgiving tables of needy families; in recent years, there have been more than 200 recipients annually. Following Thanksgiving, parishioners try to brighten the Christmas holiday of many people dealing with financial hardship, contributing gifts, including household appliances, clothes, and toys; they place these under a “giving tree” in the church.

A new project is the preparation of sandwiches for the homeless; parishioners stay after Mass on Sundays to complete this task. This year we also mark a very important anniversary: our parish, working in cooperation with other churches in the area, has been a partner in the Silicon Valley Faith in Action Rotating Shelter for Homeless Men for 25 years. Each year more than 100 parishioners volunteer as greeters, cooks, and shoppers for our guests.

Full story at The Valley Catholic.