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A pathway to stability that maintains self-respect and recognizes the dignity of each human being.


  • Compassion for those who need help
  • Respect for people of different faiths, perspectives, and abilities
  • Cooperation among individuals and organizations working towards the same goals
  • Partnership rather than duplication


In 2011, a group of concerned citizens in South County came together to address the absence of critical service for the homeless, and formed The Gilroy Compassion Center to take the lead in addressing the problem of homelessness in South County.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop a place to stay that is safe, clean and respectful of both clients and the community
  • Provide basic needs such as bathrooms, showers, laundry and food
  • Provide a one-stop day center with referrals and resources
  • Develop an income-generating program to provide operating revenue for the center
  • Provide job training and work readiness opportunities

Board of Directors 2017-2018

  • Jan Bernstein Chargin, Chair
  • Reid Lerner, Vice Chair
  • Tony Mannino, Treasurer
  • Scott Jackson, Secretary
  • Pastor Debbie Rivera
  • Jeff Wagner

Advisory Board

  • Mike Beasley
  • John Taft
  • Bill Faus
  • Shawn Weymouth
  • Dirk Caudill


  • Daleen Pearce, Program Director
  • Janessa Villareal, Case Manager
  • Lisa Dimas-Jensen, Case Manager
  • Melissa Cubangbang, Van Driver