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The PJCC is now offering appointments with HICAP counselors to discuss Medicare topics such as:

  • Understanding original Medicare, part A&B
  • Medigap & Medicare Advantage plans
  • Prescription Drug Plan / Medicare savings Programs
  • Employee Group Health coverage & Retiree Health Insurance
  • Medi-Cal / Long-term care insurance

Appointments available on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Call for an appointment: 800.434.0222.


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Community Resources | Foster City/San Mateo County | PJCC

Here we provide you with a list of helpful resources for jobs, housing, medical assistance, and food.


List courtesy of: Jewish Family and Children's Services

Get Up and Go PJCC SeniorsGet Up & Go Senior Transportation Program

Take advantage of the PJCC's low-cost shared ride transportation program Monday, Tuesday and Friday of each week. Escorts are provided as needed. This service enables non-driving older adults to “Get Up & Go” to medical and dental appointments, or for errands such as food shopping. Personal caregivers are transported free of charge. For San Mateo County only.

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One-to-one Job Search Assistance

Offered free through PJCC and JVS

At no charge to you, JVS is here to help you build your job search skills so you can land your next position. If you would like to utilize our services, please follow these three steps.

1. Attend the Peninsula JVS’s Orientation & Enrollment Session

2. Take the Job Search Planning Workshop

3. Create a resume following the JVS format. If you do not know how to do this, please attend the Resume and Cover Letter Essentials Workshop

After completing these 3 steps, email JVS employment specialistwith a JVS formatted resume and request to schedule a one-on-one meeting. During this hour long meeting, we will discuss your job goal, challenges to finding employment and next step strategies. For more information please call Graham Thomas at 415.782.6231.

JVS workshopsJVS Job Workshops

PJCC & JVS present free workshops for the public

Go to the JVS website and register now for these exciting workshops: (just look under the location tab and select your region).

NOTE: You can also attend these workshops in Palo Alto and San Francisco. To view additional workshops, visit the JVS workshop and event calendar at Please note that the orientation session in SF will NOT replace the session on the Peninsula.


Jewish Vocational Services  

JVS is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to transform lives by helping people build skills and find jobs to achieve self-sufficiency. Job seekers who focus on increasing their work and job search skills are most likely to become employed. To help job seekers achieve this goal, we provide a diversity of programs and services free of charge. In the Peninsula, JVS offers the following programs, services and resources needed to get back to work:

  • Job search & career planning workshops, labs, strategy groups and online resources
    Events with Bay Area employers
  • One-on-one employment counseling/supported job search services
  • Kohn Summer Intern Program
  • Scholarship opportunities

For more information contact: Graham Thomas at 415.782.6231. To learn more about JVS visit our website at

Pro Match

505 W. Olive Ave. Suite 737, Sunnyvale. 408.730.7671.
Offers peer support groups; job search and workshops. Special emphasis on professional adults; apply by attending Friday 8 AM workshop.


A wide array of services are offered for free: career assessment, resume building, interview skills, job referral/placement, some job training programs (fee); job coaching,  and a special clothes closet. Membership at Peninsula Works is free. Peninsula Works has a special program focused on the needs of workers age 55+.
Contact the County Peninsula Works Office nearest you:

  • Daly City: 271  92nd Street;  M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 650.301.8440
  • San Carlos: 550 Quarry Road; M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 650.596.1035
  • Redwood City: 2500 Middlefield Rd; M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 650.367.0190
  • Menlo Park: 1200 O’Brien Drive; M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 650.330.6490 


Food Connection HOTLINE | Second harvest food bank 


  • Referrals in English, Spanish and Vietnamese for emergency food, meals, and programs for seniors and families.
  • M–F   8:30 am – 4:00 pm; recorded information after hours regarding meals.

United Way

Silicon Valley, First Call For Help: dial 211
211 is an easy to remember, toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more.

Sunnyvale Community Services

725 Kifer, Sunnyvale.  408.738.4321.
Supplemental food one time per month for Sunnyvale residents (zips 085,086,089) proof of income and address required. Emergency food 3 times yearly for same zip codes.
M-F   9:00 - 11:30 am & 1:00 - 4:30 pm.

Sunnyvale Salvation Army

1161 S. Bernardo, Sunnyvale.  408.720.0420.

Community Services Agency  (Food Closet and Nutrition Center )

204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View. 650.968.0836.
Proof of residency (rent receipt, utility bill) ID for children. Food Pick-up: Mon-Fri  9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Breaking Bread

Daily FREE HOT MEALS; Call 650.853.8697.
This agency sponsors evening meals at local churches; call office to check on schedule.

For questions about the Breaking Bread Meal Program, please contact:
Philip Dah, Senior Director, / 650-853-8672 ext 436

  • Monday:  5:00 - 6:00 pm                   
    1st United Methodist           
    625 Hamilton, Palo Alto
  • Tuesday:  5:00 - 6:00 pm                  
    Grace Lutheran                   
    3149 Waverly, Palo Alto
  • Wednesday:   5:00 - 6:00 pm                  
    1st Presbyterian                    
    1140 Cowper, Palo Alto
  • Thursday:    11:30 - 12:30 pm       
    All Saints Episc                  
    425 Hamilton, Palo Alto
  • Friday:  11:30 - 12:30 pm    
    All Saints                              
    425 Hamilton, Palo Alto
  • Saturday:   11:30 - 12:30 pm                       
    Cov. Presbyterian                               
    670 Meadow, Palo Alto
  • Sunday:   2:30 – 3:30 pm                         
    Holy Trinity Episcopal              
    330 Ravenswood, Menlo Park


Bags of groceries; proof of residency; one bag.
425 Hamilton, Palo Alto. M and F 10:00 am - 3:30 pm 
Call 650.325.3663

JFCS – Palo Alto Food Pantry

Eleanor Haas Koshland Center, 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200
San Mateo, CA 94404.  Call 650.931.1858.

Food Connection Hotline 

800.984.FOOD  (3663)
Referrals in English, Spanish, Vietnamese for emergency food, meals, and programs for Seniors and families. M–F   8:30 am – 4:00 pm; with recorded information after hours regarding meals.

Cafe St. Vincent / St vincent de paul 

344 Grand Ave, So San Francisco.  650.589.9039.
M-F  10:00 am –12:00 noon;  Sat 10:00 - 11:00 am.   

Samaritan Family Kitchen  

4031 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo.  650.347.3648.
Serves a hot meal  M-F - 5:00 - 6:00 pm at Church of Christ, 603 Monte Diablo Ave, San Mateo.  Lunches available Sa-Su in the parking lot at 401 N. Humboldt St. 

JFCS Food Pantry - San Mateo

2001 Winward Way, San Mateo.  Call Allena at 650.931.1855.

St. Anthony’s Dining Room

3500 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park.
LUNCH ONLY ( Monday-Saturday  11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Food Provider: 2nd Harvest Food Bank 

800.984.FOOD (3663); Bags of groceries

Food Provider: San Mateo County Community Service Centers

Access to bags of groceries.
Daly City: 991.8007; Pacifica: 738.7470; San Mateo: 347.3648; Redwood City: 780.7500


Urban Ministry - Palo Alto   

650.853-8697   Opportunity Center
Encina Street, Palo Alto. (Off El Camino before Town & County)

Fair Oaks Community Center - Redwood City

2600 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City. 650.780.7500.

Samaritan House - San Mateo

4031 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo.  650.341.4081.
(Nearest the JFCS office – San Mateo)

Medical/Dental Services (Free or Low-Cost)


Opportunity Center / Urban Ministry - Palo Alto

Arbor Free Clinic: 795 Willow Rd, Bldg. 334, MP. Open Sundays only, 11am-2pm. TB tests free. 493-5000 ext. 22844. Bus 296, DB.

Opportunity Health Partners: 33 Encina Ave, PA. Located at the Opportunity Center. Open Monday through Friday 8am-4pm. Call 650 853-0321 for appointment.

Mayview Community Health Center (Palo Alto): 270 Grant Ave, PA. 327-8817. TB test costs $15. Bus 22, 88.

Willow Clinic: 795 Willow Rd, Bldg. 334, MP. Open M-F, 8:30-12 and 1-5. 599-3890. TB tests free. Call to make an appointment. Bus 296, DB.

(Provided for homeless and/or low-income in need).

MayView Community Health Center - Palo alto

270 Grant Ave, Palo Alto.   650.327.8717.
Primary medical care including acute and chronic conditions; Pediatric & acute care. Medi-cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, ADP. Call for appt.

MayView Community Health Center - Mtn View

100 N. Moffett Blvd. #101, Mtn View. 650.965.3323. 
Same services and fees as above.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

24 Hour Emergency Health Care  - Indigent /Low Income
751 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose. 408.885.6950.
No one turned away; fee for all services.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Psychiatric  24 Hr  
871 Enborg Ct, San Jose, Ca.  408.885.6100.

Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health Services 

24 Hr Call Center: 800.704.0900.
Provides 24-7 Crisis Intervention Services and referral.

Arbor Free Clinic 

795  Willow (VA), Menlo Park.  650.493.5000  ext 22221; Minor Medical issues; SUNDAYS   11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 1st COME – 1st SERVED

Ravenswood Family Health Ctr  

1798A  Bay Road,  E. Palo Alto. 650.330.7400.

Belle Haven Health Clinic 

100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park.  650.321.0980
(Bus 295) –Comprehensive family practitioner

Redwood City Free Clinic 

114 5th Avenue, Redwood City, Ca.  650.839.1447

Fair Oaks Family Health Ctr

2710 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, Ca.  650.364.6010

San Mateo Free Clinic 

19 W. 39th Avenue, San Mateo, Ca.   650.578.0400

San Mateo County Health Center 

Edison Clinic 222 39th Avenue, San Mateo, Ca.  650.573.2385

Mobile Clinic 

Free Health Screenings for low-income and homeless.  650.573.2786

San Mateo Medical Center  

222 - 39th Avenue, San Mateo. 

Emergency Medical  


Emergency Psychiatric 

650.573.2662  (24/7)

San Mateo County Mental Health Services Access Team 

Provides information and assessment, referral M-F  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Daly City Clinic

380 - 90th St., Daly City. 650.301.8600



Foothill College Dental Hygiene Clinic

12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos.  650.949.7335
Low-cost dental hygiene and x-rays provided by Senior Students

Mid-Peninsula Dental Health Foundation 

Referrals for low-income persons not eligible for Denti-cal or other insurance; co–pay plan; Residents of Menlo Park, East PA, PA, Mountain View and Los Altos. Screening Agency: Avenidas Senior Ctr: 650.327.2811 and Community Services Agency,  650.968.0836. 

University of the Pacific School Of Dentistry

2155 Webster St, San Francisco. 415.929.6501
Graduate Students provide care; sliding scale; denti-cal, medi-cal, healthy families.

University Of Pacific School Of Dentistry

2155 Webster St, San Francisco. 415.929.6501
Graduate Students provide care; sliding scale; denti-cal, medi-cal, healthy families.

San Mateo County Health Services - Brighter Bites Children’s Dental Program 

Priority goes to schools with low-income children in the greatest need of dental services. Program serves pre-school to 6th grade.

Ravenswood Family Health Center  

1798A Bay Road, East Palo Alto.   650.330.7400

Belle Haven Clinic 

100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park.   650.321.0980 
Offers comprehensive dental; small co-pay.

San Mateo Free Clinic 

19 W 39th Avenue, San Mateo.  650.578.0400 
Offers free non-emergent dental care for the uninsured, and low-income.

Willow Clinic 

795 Willow, Menlo Park.  650.599.3890 
Dental services for children.


SHELTER HOTLINE - Santa Clara County   800.774.3583     

Daily Call For Today’s Bed Availability

SHELTER HOTLINE - San Mateo County 800.774.3583        

Daily Call For Today’s Bed Availability

Urban Ministry – Hotel DeZink

33 Encina, Palo Alto. 650.853.8672. Apply at Drop-In Center ; interview req.  (WILL WORK WITH MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS)

Opportunity Center – DROP-IN (For Singles and Families)

(Urban Ministry) 33 Encina, Palo Alto. 650.853.8672
Drop-in Center: Showers, Message Center, Library Social Workers, Medical, Resourcing, Clothes.

Seasonal Shelter Program Only EHC Sunnyvale Armory Winter Shelter

( Dec 1-Mar 31); Opens 6:00 pm - 1st Come; Serves breakfast and dinner; referral to community resources; health and social services.

Clara/Menlo Shelter Alliance  

795 Willow Rd.  Bldg 323D, Menlo Park. 650.853.7066  
By Agency Referral OR  Self referral; if self-referral then call for prescreen appt for wait-list.  MEN/ WOMEN/FAMILIES. SamTrans #295 or #296.  WITH KIDS: 650.326.9898;  NO KIDS  650.853.7066

San Mateo County Shelter Network (Transitional Housing)

  • Family Crossroads – San Mateo                   
  • Maple Street Shelter – Redwood City
  • Haven Family House – Menlo Park              
  • Redwood Family House – Redwood City 

Shelter - Redwood City - Spring Street Shelter

650.365.5772 (Shelter/Case Management for Men, Women and Children)  

County Wide Support: Mobile Support Team

650.368.3178.  Assists people with mental illness with referrals for food, lodging, clothing, and mental health, services. Also will do home visits, when family member is in danger of being homeless.                                  

Low-Income Housing

San Mateo County Department of Housing 

264 Harbor Blvd, Belmont. 650.802.5050.
Lists of low-income apartment rentals, voucher programs.


Manages low – income housing apartment buildings located throughout Bay Area.  Each building operates with a wait-list and separate applications. See website; Call each complex for details. Main office - 650.356.2900.

HIP HOUSING – San Mateo County   

Manages and subsidizes below market rate housing. Call for assistance.

Teen Transitional: Youth Daybreak Program 

639 Douglas, Redwood City.  650.364.4633

Veterans Transitional:  Homeless Vet Rehab Program

795 Willow, Menlo Park, Ca. 800.848.7254
Call for interview: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Crane Place Apts

1331 Crane St, Menlo Park.  650.325.4224  (HUD for seniors, and exemptions for adults with disabilities under age 62.) Meal program. Wait-list. Must pick-up application in person.

Santa Clara County Housing 

505 W. Julian, San Jose.  408.275.8770
Provides affordable housing lists; voucher applications when available.

Eden Housing, Inc 

A housing developer with low-income apartment properties in San Jose.

Emergency Housing Consortium – Markham Terrace

2112 Monterey Hwy, San Jose. 408.271.8690
Permanent housing development (SRO) program.   

Opportunity Center Apts   

33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto.
Low-income apts operated by Santa Clara County Housing Authority.
Access: see a social worker at the Opportunity Center; they provide screening and connection to the wait-list at the Housing office.  (As of October 2006 – the wait-list was closed.)

Mid-Pen Housing 

Operates low-income apartment buildings in Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Palo Alto Housing Corp   

650.321.9709  Variety of low-income apt bldgs in Palo Alto. Wait-list. 

Rent Assistance

Pubic Program Assistance by City and Zip Code:

Sunnyvale Community Services 

725 Kiefer Road, Sunnyvale. 408.738.4321 (zip codes 94085,86,89)
One-time only limited assistance with rent; proof of address, lease, and income.

Salvation Army

11661 Bernardo Ave, Sunnyvale.  408.720.0420. 
Serves 94087 zip code.

Community Services Agency

204 Stierlin Rd, Mtn. View.  650.968.0836
Limited Emergency Rent funds for Mountain View and Los Altos residents for rent. Proofs required.

InnVision/Urban Ministry   

33 Encina Ave, Palo Alto.  650.853.8672.  (zip codes 94301,03,04,05, and 06). Emergency rent assistance on case-by-case; need source of income, 3-day notice, or evict note; no past due. 

JFCS - Palo Alto  

200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto.   650.688.3097.  
Sunnyvale, Mtn View and Palo Alto. Residents only. Jewish clients given preference. Limited rent assistance on a case-by case basis with case management plan,  recommended public program partnering,  proof of income, no past due, one-time only.

Daly City Community Center

Public Program Assistance Offered by San Mateo County “Core” Human Services Agency Offices
Daly City, Colma, Broadmoor:  650.991.8007  
350 - 90th St, Daly City.

North Peninsula Neighborhood Center 

Brisbane, San Bruno, and SSF
600 Linden Ave, So. San Francisco. 650.588.8822

Pacifica Resource Center 

1809 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica. 650.738.7470   

Samaritan House

Burlingame, Foster City, Hillsborough, Millbrae, San Carlos, San Mateo:   
4031 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo. 650.347.3648

Fair Oak Community Center

Atherton, Portola Valley, Redwood City/Shores, Woodside
2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.  650.780.7500 

El Concilio, ER Services Partnership

Menlo Park, East Palo Alto
1798A Bay Rd, East Palo Alto. 650.330.7432

All of the above Centers will require: proof of address, lease, bank statements, proof of income/job.

Utility Assistance


Call PG&E at 866.743.2273 or call a JFCS case manager 650.688.3097.


20% discount on rate; meet income guidelines: household of 1= $30,500.
Seniors may receive more consideration if income is over set limits.


Family members must live in house more than 50% of time; meet income guidelines; for family of  3 income range = $35,801 to 54,000 gross.


One–time Unplanned Non-payment of Bill
Must demonstrate uncontrolled or unplanned change in ability to pay; Not live in subsidized housing (exempt: seniors, disabled or term ill ); Not received REACH assistance in the last 18 months; meet income guidelines: Household of 1 or 2 persons = $30,500 annual income limit.
Generally distributed via County Social Services offices, or zip code emergency program centers. See listing below.


Additional quantities of energy at baseline prices. A CA Physician must
certify resident has medical needs – either: dependent on life-support equipment, a paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, MS patient with special heating or cooling needs; scoloderma with heating needs; compromised immune system and/or life threatening illness.


PG&E will review your last 12 months of service and divide the total by 12 to create a balanced payment for each successive month in the next 12 months.
Additional energy costs will apply to your bill. Open to all customers.

List courtesy of: Jewish Family and Children's Services

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