Monthly Newsletter


Our 4th annual Testarossa Winery Donation Drawing is around the corner! With prizes such as a week-long cottage stay on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka’i or make it a long-weekend when you win a stay at a beautiful townhome in Napa Valley, there’s Sharks tickets and so much more. Go here for a full list of prizes and to purchase your tickets before the event.

Want to join us there? Enjoy delicious wine, hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to win live! All donation drawing funds raised and a portion of the proceeds from the food and beverage purchase will go towards camper scholarships!

Take a look at program details and financial information for Signs of Hope Camp.

It’s long overdue but we wanted to share our immense gratitude to WestGate Church who is graciously donating THREE OFFICES to HOC! Having this extra space has allowed us to reorganize staff and increase efficiency. Thanks to a grant from Santa Clara County we were able to furnish the offices! You can find us at the Theater of WestGate’s Saratoga Campus.

After completing 10 classes, this group will serve as a liaison to local resources for families in the Washington neighborhood of San Jose that are experiencing different challenges. Thank you to our partner agencies that collaborated to make this training possible and to the City of San Jose and the San Jose Police Department for joining us in this celebration!

The 2019 TAY Youth Ambassadors, in partnership with San Mateo County Independent Living Program (ILP), Central Labor Council Partnership (CLCP) and Skyline College, are excited to offer the 6th Annual TAY Summit! This year’s event will include an interactive youth panel, 2 workshops to attend out of 6, and an open mic. This year’s theme is UNITY. It will be an awesome opportunity for our young people to connect with one another as well as with the community! Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.
TAY DAY (Youth only) will be on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at Coyote Point in San Mateo from 9 AM – 3 PM.
TAY SUMMIT (Everyone) will be on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at Skyline College in Building 6, 2ndFloor from 9 AM – 4:30 PM.
Please click on the following link to register now:
Sign up to volunteer HERE

We are in need of a few volunteers to help with childcare for our Monthly Parent Training for adoptive, foster, and kinship parents. This monthly training takes place on Sunday afternoons at WestGate Church in Saratoga.

Please fill out this ONLINE APPLICATION. Contact Rachel Taylor for more details.

With over a dozen part-time volunteer roles you can have your pick!
We need your help to make sure camp runs smoothly. With 60+ campers in attendance, this program requires a village to make it a success! Take a look at the different roles, times, and dates needed here.

When: Sunday, July 28th
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: WestGate Church
Topic: Effective Parenting Strategies for High-Stress Moments
As adoptive, foster, and kinship parents, you open up your home and your heart to children who have been exposed to a variety of traumas. As guardians, it is important to help our children learn to regulate, but we don’t always talk about how their dysregulation can impact us! Dr. Sarah Hill, PsyD will show us how to focus on learning to recognize and manage our own distress as we engage in the process of developing safe, secure relationships with our children. She will also talk about the impact of trauma on attachment and how developing a secure attachment (earned security) can help to buffer the impact of past and present trauma.
Childcare: Please RSVP for childcare by filling out this form by 5 PM Wednesday, July 24th.
Childcare RSVPs are required each month so that we can plan accordingly. Please be aware that if you do not RSVP we may be unable to provide childcare for your child.