St. Paul's United Methodist Church has been at the downtown location across the street from San Jose State University since 1958, doing ministry on justice. This church stands at the crossroad of homelessness, mental health issues, and violence. For generations, it served to find solutions: advocating for justice and delivering kindness.
The church suffered a two-alarm arson fire on June 8, 2022 and is working with its insurance to rebuild. In the meantime, we are continuing to serve through our ministries where we can. We ask for donations to go towards the following:
We have started a community vegetable garden on the church grounds to alleviate the shortage of fresh food in the community. We plan to use this fund for six garden beds, soil, seeds, and other supplies.
Our tenant partner, Front Door Communities, also lost all of its service items. The organization continues its service from the outdoor space. This funding will supplement their ability to continue serving the homeless and fragile community in downtown San Jose.
This funding will also allow us to be mobile for worship until we can clean up the asbestos contamination and restore power in the usable 20% of our building.
Thanks to the GoFundMe efforts, we now have 10 beds of a variety of vegetables and fruits. They will be ready for harvest starting now until the first week of October. We welcome folks to come enjoy the ripened harvest or help watering the beds around our campus. There are also 5 fruit trees planted since the fire that will take about a year. We look forward to future years when fruits will be available to the downtown food desert.
Food are ready for harvest. Please share.
Clean Up Process
We are actively going through content removal, saving irreplaceable items by asbestos clean up and storage.
By September 1, active structure abatement will start for the back side of the building, followed by replacement of ceiling, wall and floor. Please note, the parking lot is now an active construction zone. Do not enter unless you have a permit from our church office for the fire team and trustees.
We have also added 12 solar parking lot lighting around the building to enhance the security of the campus.
Temporary Worship Location
The most beautiful classroom in Santa Clara County. Join us at the Chapel of Norte Dame High School. Parking lot:
596 South 2nd Street, San Jose, 95112
Once parked, walk out on Reed and turn left on 3rd until you get to the open door need the corner of 3rd and William.