The dream of creating a welcoming meals program for the Mountain View area became a reality when Hope’s Corner served breakfast to a few dozen people for the first time on
September 24, 2011. We’ve served a nutritious hot breakfast and provided a “to go” sack lunch to anyone who comes through our doors every Saturday since then. Our breakfast guests include both homeless members of our community as well as low-income individuals and families that have a hard time making ends meet.
Much has changed since we began our small operation in 2011. With the disparity between the “haves” and “have nots” in our community widening since our beginning, the number of individuals who come for breakfast on Saturdays has increased to around 200 seniors, adults, and children each week. To date, we’ve served over 60,000 meals. In addition, we built onsite handicap-accessible shower facilities in 2015 and made them available two days a week (Thursdays and Saturdays), providing a way for unhoused individuals to maintain a basic level of hygiene, feel better about themselves, and give them hope for a better future.
Besides serving food and offering showers, Hope’s Corner provides a place for vulnerable and forgotten members of our community to feel welcomed and build community. We collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Services Agency (CSA), Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange, and other groups to help the people we serve connect with other available services.
We started out as an all-volunteer non-profit and remained so until May 1, 2019 when we hired a part-time kitchen manager. Thanks to an incredibly supportive network of dedicated volunteers from our community, we’ve been able do a lot with a little.
The name, Hope’s Corner, comes from our location at the corner of Hope and Mercy Streets in downtown Mountain View, a block off of Castro Street. Initially, Hope’s Corner was a joint ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church and Los Altos United Methodist Church. However, in 2015, Hope’s Corner, Inc. was established as an independent 501(c)(3) organization that is no longer under the direct auspices of either church.