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NEXENTA AND SUPERMICRO JOINS SPONSORS OF SAN JOSE MAYOR SAM LICCARDO’S GATEWAY BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT TO HELP HOMELESS
SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) and Supermicro are proud to announce their sponsorship of a San Jose Gateway to help not only beautify and take care of the environment, but to also help end homelessness. The project is led by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and strives to make San Jose a welcoming city, one gateway at a time.
The Gateways Project, a partnership between nonprofit Downtown Streets Team (DST) and the City of San Jose, is more than a beautification project. It’s also about sharing social responsibility in the fight to end homelessness. Nexenta and Supermicro join Ernst & Young LLP, Wells Fargo and TiVo – the original three companies that sponsored gateways last fall, when the project launched. Other companies that just joined include Adobe, Kaiser Permanente South Bay, Pinger and SunPower.
“By engaging with homeless residing in our city,” stated Mayor Liccardo, “we are able to effectively employ the proven ‘work-first’ model by asking individuals to clean up the very streets they live on. Once engaged in this work, Streets Team offers an opportunity for support, housing, and a path to future employment.”
“Nexenta is honored to team up with the Gateways Project and San Jose Mayor Liccardo, to help beautify our city streets and support our homeless,” said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO of Nexenta. “We’re passionate about empowering our community and giving back to local education and government organizations, and Nexenta’s Gateway sign near the 82/Alameda 880 highway interchange will be a reminder of this every day.”
Each gateway is marked by a bright blue sign, which can be spotted at the on-ramps. Homeless volunteers can be easily spotted in downtown San Jose wearing their bright yellow DST shirts from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.. At first glance many people think they are court ordered to clean – but they are volunteers who have made the choice to work hard to rebuild their lives, while making a positive impact on their community, all with the support of DST. To date, DST has housed 454 homeless and found permanent employment for 363 people. DST also serves Palo Alto, San Rafael and Sunnyvale, with more cities to come.
|About Downtown Streets Team: In 2005 the Palo Alto Business Improvement District conducted a survey of local business owners to determine the biggest issues facing downtown businesses. The group identified cleanliness and homelessness as the most pressing challenges. Downtown Streets Team (DST) emerged as result of the collaboration of local businesses, law enforcement, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and community leaders striving to make Palo Alto a better place to live and work. The model is simple: provide homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. First, they join one of our teams and begin working collaboratively on beautification projects. Meanwhile Team Members work together with our case management and employment services to find housing and a job. In 2011, DST expanded to serve the Coyote Creek corridor in San Jose and in 2012, launched a new project in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Community Services. In 2013, DST expanded to San Rafael. With franchisees elsewhere in California and Florida, and inquires from all over the country, DST is positioned to become a national solution to help end homelessness and restore dignity for those most in need. To learn more about the Downtown Streets Team or to make a donation, please visit www.streetsteam.org.