Red Cross 2016 Health and Safety Hero Featured

Health and Safety Hero: Father Brendan McGuire and Holy Spirit Parish

Motivated by a personal encounter with a homeless teen, Father Brendan McGuire returned to his parish with the idea of transforming his church into a homeless shelter at night during the winter months. Over 500 parishioners were inspired to volunteer to provide a safe place to sleep and support for the area’s homeless women. Due to a law restricting the amount of time a single church can house a homeless person, Father Brendan McGuire and his team has expanded this project to include other nearby faith communities. His vision, "It would change us, it would change the Valley. Silicon Valley wouldn't be the same if every house of worship chose to help the homeless."