On October 3rd the Teen Interfaith Council had its first planning meeting for 2018-2019 school year. After much discussion the Council decided to focus on a blanket drive to benefit the homeless population in Santa Clara County. There are over 7000 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County and many people sleep outside along the freeways or along the Guadalupe River that runs through San Jose. The Council will have collection sites at a local Mosque, Sikh Gurdwara, and places of worship. Members of each faith tradition will also be invited to help out.
Teen Interfaith New Mexico Immersion Trip 2018
A short video document of our 2018 summer interfaith immersion trip to New Mexico. Click the link above.
With Pat McCabe along the Rio Grande, New Mexico
On Saturday, December 9, 2017 the Teen Interfaith Council volunteered at Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose, assisting with their Annual Winter Coat Give-a-away. It was a privilege working with Celinda and the Grace Baptist community helping our brothers and sisters who are homeless or living in poverty.
Teen Interfaith Council organizes to participate in Women’s March at San Jose City Hall on January 21, 2017.
Our Video Message about the Women’s March
On December 21, 2016 the Teen Interfaith Council sent two representatives to attend the Annual Homeless Memorial Service held in front of San Jose City Hall in San Jose California.
In 2015 about 13o homeless individuals died in the streets and along the creeks of San Jose, California. This interfaith memorial service was attended by interfaith leaders, Mayor Sam Liccardo, and several other community groups. This was a call to action on behalf of the more than 7,000 homeless people in Silicon Valley as well as a remembrance of those who died on the streets. Two members of the Teen Interfaith Council were in attendance and one the Hindu members of the Teen Interfaith Council offered a reflection in remembrance of those who lost their lives. Below are a few photos and a video link of the Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service. Diane Fisher of the Jewish Federation and Deacon Steve Herrera (Co-directors of the Council) were also in attendance.
Teen Interfaith Council Distributes Coats at Grace Baptist
Every year the Teen Interfaith Council participates in the annual coat giveaway at Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose California. These are some photos of our participation in this event to help low income families and the homeless.
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. The Teen Council was hosted by Shyama’s family, who is a Hindu member of the Teen Council.