The building that houses Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has a magnificent main door on E. San Fernando Street in San Jose. This door does not get a lot of use, however. Most of the people coming and going from the building use a door at the side, on N. 5th Street.
The reason for this is probably that many of their programs’ participants use mobility devices. Also, N. 5th Street is a cul-de-sac so there is little traffic and lots of places available for people to sit and/or visit the Recovery Cafe.
Recovery Cafe is a welcoming place for people who have been traumatized by addictions, mental health challenges, and homelessness. It is fitting that the two buildings sit across from each other, both serving and advocating for families and individuals in need.
Despite the lovely tilework, neither of the doors to the Catholic Charities building draws much attention, and when I was taking these photographs I was asked why I was doing so. When I asked a passer-by on E. San Fernando Street what the building was, she didn’t know. It has no sign indicating its identity or purpose.
It isn’t until you go to the side door that you see a small sign identifying Catholic Charities of Santa Clara. It seems appropriate that its signage is so humble.
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