Empowering families in need to break the cycle of poverty.

Sunday Friends makes it possible for children and parents to earn basic necessities while they contribute to their community, learn life skills and develop successful futures.

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What if you could give opportunities
instead of handouts?

That's what Sunday Friends, a non-religious, nonprofit organization, does through its programs for very low-income families.

Sunday Friends has created a unique learning environment that offers families a working alternative to charity. Children and their parents earn the things they need through a variety of collaborative, carefully crafted activities, such as making gifts for children in hospitals, preparing healthy meals during the program, writing letters to the Sunday Friends community and participating in integrated, hands-on life skills training classes such as money management, English proficiency and parenting effectiveness.

  Contributing

Parents and children make meaningful contributions to the community through writing, cooking, art, cleaning and more.

  Learning

Family members participate in classes and hands-on learning activities, focused on academics and practical life skills.

  Earning

All participants earn tickets for their contributions and their participation. They save those tickets in interest-bearing bank accounts and spend them in our Treasure Chest stores.

  Changing

As a result, everything changes, from self-concepts to skill sets to economic stability to families’ relationships with their communities. And, futures change for good.

As program participants experience repeated positive outcomes for their efforts, they grow to understand that they have the power to take control of their lives and to make a difference in the lives of others. This realization has instilled the needed confidence in many Sunday Friends participants to make successful, life-changing decisions.

Sunday Friends' Partners

United Way Silicon Valley Silicon Valley Community Foundation Goodwill of Silicon ValleySanta Clara County Public Health Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange Foothill Community Health Center Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara CountySan Jose State UniversityKaiser Permanente San Jose Unified School District


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Thank You for Your Continued Support!

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