Our Hometown

    The Palo Alto Team operates in downtown Palo Alto 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team reaches out to the homeless living in our focus areas along with carrying out a variety of tasks, including:

  • Security and cleaning of parking garages
  • Cleaning and lining soccer fields
  • Sweeping downtown streets
  • Peer-to-peer outreach

Current Projects

New Day Project

New Day provides skill-building activities, such as gardening, cooking, arts and crafts for people newly housed. We aim to help Team Members find purpose, access services, and reconnect with their community. Learn More

Downtown Food Closet

The Downtown Food Closet provides essential food to homeless and low-income individuals of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto. On average, 65 individuals access the Food Closet per day.

Over 880 pounds of food are distributed to Food Closet clients each week.

Elizabeth F. Gamble Gardens

DST Team Members receive horticulture training in the garden including harvesting, planting, and watering of a two acre property. All the produce gathered will be transported at the end of the volunteer shifts to the Downtown Food Closet in a full-circle community effort to feed those in need.

Downtown Palo Alto

The team reaches out to the homeless living in our focus areas in addition to carrying out a variety of tasks. Tasks include: street cleaning, security and cleaning of parking garages, and cleaning and lining of soccer fields.

Video

We work closely with the Palo Alto Police Department, especially Chief Burns. Hear what he has to say about our program and its impact on downtown Palo Alto.

History

Downtown Streets Team was founded in 2005 by the Palo Alto Business Improvement District as the solution to the two major concerns that were plaguing the downtown area: panhandling and trash accumulation. Once the issues were identified, a work-first model was developed, in which the unhoused men and women in the community could volunteer up to 20 hours per week in exchange for case management and employment services. Thus, Downtown Streets Team was born.

The Team started out quite small, with $25,000, four Team Members, and only one staffer (our Executive Director, Eileen Richardson).  Since then, the Palo Alto Team has grown immensely with over 139 moved into housing and a massive reduction in the homeless population.

 

Join the Team

To join our team, prospective volunteers must attend our Weekly Success Team Meetings every Thursday. Once a space opens, they are invited to accept the shift and join the Team.

Meetings are Thursdays at 1:00PM.

All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Contact

For more information, contact zia@streetsteam.org.