Our work, by the numbers...
Welcome to the Association
of Faith Communities
AFC is an interfaith coalition made up of nearly 40 faith communities working to alleviate suffering for those experiencing homelessness through four programs. Over fifty people receive shelter or safe parking each evening, and more than two hundred volunteers offer their time, cooking skills, a listening ear each year through our programs.
The SafeSpaces program allows folks who are living out of their vehicles a safe place to park with access to sanitary facilities and other amenities. We also offer program staff to help plan their next steps to better housing. Currently, we have around 40 people working to improve their lives while safely living on faith community sites.
Contact Cristina Gomez-Hernandez at 831.753.8555
Faith Community Shelter
Since 2012, the AFC has been sponsoring a nightly transitional shelter for 15 participants at faith communities from Santa Cruz to Aptos. We rotate daily from site to site, with a home cooked meal provided by our wonderful volunteer cooks each evening.
Contact Courtney Barrett at 831.200.3996.
Our trailer moves to where unhoused residents congregate at shelters and camps. 160 people a week are given the dignity of a hot shower .
People need socks. Folks living outside go through them fast. SPIN has distributed thousands of socks at area shelters and food pantries.
Every person and faith community is invited to join the AFC. Come offer your resources to our neighbors without housing. Along the way, we find a deeper understanding that we are all worthy of dignity and connection. AFC needs cooks, mentors, supply collectors, fundraisers; caring people to assist those without homes to a better life.