November 2016

The JW House, located next to Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, is a respite house for families of patients who are in any hospital in the Santa Clara Valley. This house was a dream of a boy named
Jan-Willem Knapen. During his battle with brain cancer he began fundraising, and during the next few years he raised several hundred thousands of dollars. During this time, he also acquired many friends and families who shared his vision.

When Jan-Willem lost his battle with cancer in 2005, he left assured that his supporters shared his passion and would see to the completion of the house. With continued fundraising and building efforts, the JW House opened its doors to serve families of the Santa Clara Valley in 2008. This beautiful home provides day-use activities, as well as overnight accommodations, showers, laundry room, play room and meditation rooms for families and friends who have loved ones in hospitals throughout the valley.

In addition to these services, JW House provides a full dinner to the guests every evening. Volunteer groups (like SCFBC), restaurants, and individuals provide dinners for approximately 30 people. Meals can be brought in from restaurants or prepared in the full kitchen at the JW House. Dinners include bread, salad, entrĂ©e, side dish and dessert.

SCFBC's "Dinner is Served" schedule for volunteering:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - full
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - open
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - open
Tuesday, February  28, 2017 - full
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - open
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - open

To volunteer / or for more information, contact Rosa Flores at or call the church office at (408) 241-7635.