Holiday Fund: Former client now contributes to Ecumenical Hunger Program


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Story by Jose Azrate, a previous Ecumenical Hunger Program client.

When I was a kid, one of the greatest positive presences in my life was the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

The people there helped my family with rent assistance, holiday gifts and food provisions numerous times. My siblings and I are all happy, financially stable, and "successful" members of the community now, and I credit the example and resources of EHP for much of our success.

When I was growing up, the Ecumenical Hunger Program was an important part of my family.

I was one of six children and, through all the uncertainty of my family's economic situation, we knew we could count on the generosity of EHP.

The frequency and quantity of the donations are not what I remember. It was the reassuring presence that EHP had in our lives for which I am most grateful.

The staff showed us an abundance of kindness and compassion. The simple, grass-roots neighborhood camaraderie and ability of EHP to lead a community of supporters and volunteers is what inspired me to continue this spirit of giving in my life as an adult and also to pass this on to my children.

As a family, we often use our own birthdays and other personal occasions to collect for EHP.

My son donates 20 percent of his allowance to EHP. We raised several hundred dollars through donations from his birthday party.

We helped 13 families put food on their tables for the holidays collecting 10 turkeys, three hams, and $240 for holiday distribution simply by asking family and friends to show their gratitude to our cause.

Our donations help EHP provide assistance with food, clothing and household essentials all year. I can trust that EHP will distribute our contributions to other families with the same consideration they gave to my family many years ago.

The personal satisfaction I get from knowing my relationship with EHP has come full circle is gratifying in so many ways. Every year we help several families put food on their tables and are supporting many of our neighbors facing struggling times, just as my family benefited from EHP years ago.

My children hand-delivered their hard-earned donation money to the organization and saw first-hand the good that EHP does. Receiving a personal thank you and recognition from staff that know us and have been loyal to the EHP mission for decades is living proof that this is an outstanding organization.

This is why I keep EHP as part of my family.


Email 0r call (650) 323-7781 for more information on the Ecumenical Hunger Program, located at 2411 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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