The Emmanuel House

Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, and Sober Living Environment

Overnight Shelter

The Emmanuel House provides overnight shelter services 365 days a year to men. Homeless men receive 14 free nights per year that can be used consecutively or divided up however they like. Afterwards, there is a fee of $5 per night.

Clients Must:

  • Have valid California ID to stay the night.
  • Be sober on entry.
  • Take a shower.

Overnight clients sign-up for a bed between 1:30PM-2: 30PM, with a final role call and admission procedure performed at 3:30PM.

After taking showers and stowing baggage in a locked room for the night, each man receives a bed assignment, blankets, pillows, and sheets, which are stripped and washed the next morning.

Our full kitchen serves a hot dinner to overnighters every night at 4:30PM as well as a continental breakfast of breads, cereals, milk, and juice every morning starting at 6:00AM.


  • Bible Study Thursday at 6:30PM
  • N/A meeting Tuesday at 8PM

House Volunteers

Homeless men that have a strong desire to see their lives rebuilt by attaining full-time employment can become job search volunteers.  Volunteers keep the Emmanuel House clean and organized every day to make sure the facilities are able to serve the public adequately.

Some of the duties performed:

  • Serving meals
  • Operating dishwasher
  • House laundry
  • Sweep & mop floors
  • Sweep outside
  • Taking out garbage
  • Keep adjacent neighborhood free of garbage


  • Actively seek employment two days per week
  • Meet with counseling staff once per month
  • Attend Bible Study/NA meetings every week


  • May stay at Emmanuel House for 6 months
  • Free locker to store possessions
  • Graduates who find full-time employment may move into transitional housing program.

Motive Man Program

The Motive man Program is a short term, transitional residency program of up to two years in length for men who are able to earn a sufficient income. Men that reside in the program are able to come and go as they please within limits, i.e., we will make allowances for who need to work a graveyard shift, etc.


  • Maintain active sobriety and follow house rules.
  • Have a desire to develop an independent life.
  • Pay $100 per week starting at time of intake. $20 of the fee is set aside into a personal savings account designed to help men make the move out into a room or appartment succesfully.


  • Free time in the TV room
  • Backyard smoking area
  • Weight lifting area
  • Bible Study Thursday at 6:30PM
  • N/A meeting Tuesday at 8PM

The Emmanuel House provides services to the homeless community of San Jose, and has been doing so since 1967. It's mission is to "work hand in hand with our fellow community to give our fellow man a hand up."

Services provided to the public:

  • Free hot meals served daily
Services for men:
  • Overnight shelter
  • Shower facilities
  • Transitional housing program
  • Job search housing program
  • Staff counselor
Phone: (408) 282-1175
405 N. 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Next to the railroad crossing.