At Greenbriar Homes CommunitiesSM, our commitment to excellence goes beyond the homes we build. We also believe strongly in enhancing the quality of life for all of our communities and neighborhoods. Our philosophy is to provide a hand up, not a handout, to help people get back on their feet and into the mainstream of society.
As a company and through our employees, we extensively contribute money, time and construction expertise to community organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of our many community involvement projects include:
St. Joseph's Men's Worker House, supplying homeless men with shelter, skills and access to employment opportunities. Since 1996, Greenbriar has provided a 10-bedroom, 6-bath complex to house more than 16 men and 4 counselors and offer job assistance, weekly counseling and recreational facilities. During the last three years, approximately one hundred men have stayed at the home, on average for four months. Almost 95% of the residents who have left the home have moved successfully back into mainstream society.
Woman's Worker House, serving as transition centers for homeless women and their children, are managed by The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph's in San Jose. Working with St. Joseph's Greenbriar has purchased four homes since 1998 which house almost two dozen women, children and counselors. The program is designed to help seriously distressed families over at least one year's stay to make their way back into the community.
In addition, Greenbriar employees are involved in a number of community organizations such as the Emergency Housing Consortium's construction and reconstruction projects, the New Children's Shelter holiday season events and the Second Harvest Food Drive.
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Greenbriar Homes CommunitiesSM has also been involved in a Bay Area-wide daffodil-planting program for public spaces in neighborhoods in which we build homes. Last year, we supplied almost 50,000 daffodil bulbs and assisted with the planting programs at a number of sites in the cities in which we build our homes. These daffodils, a symbol of hope, will multiply and bloom year after year, a lasting gift to the communities in which we build.
The New Children's Shelter, a 132-resident public shelter for abandoned and abused children including six cottages, each with a separate living room, kitchen and individual bedrooms, a full grammar school, gymnasium, art center, central dining facility, laundry and medical and psychological services offices all supervised and operated by Santa Clara County. From 1993 through 1995, Greenbriar handled the construction management and provided a multitude of building materials to erect and open the facility.