About Us

pwhlogoDignity On Wheels is a new initiative created by staff and board members of Project WeHOPE, a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in East Palo Alto, California. Project WeHOPE, which is stands for “We Help Other People Excel,” is a unique Emergency and Supportive Housing Shelter for the unhoused, homeless and at-risk adults in East Palo Alto and surrounding San Mateo County and Santa Clara County communities.

Co-Founders of Project WeHOPE, and wife and husband, Cheryl and Paul Bains.

Co-Founders of Project WeHOPE, and wife and husband, Cheryl and Paul Bains.

Project WeHOPE was founded by Pastor Paul Bains, a fourth-generation Pastor in East Palo Alto, and his wife Cheryl. Through a generous donation by San Mateo County in 2009, Project WeHOPE opened our doors of hope that Winter, and have served hundreds of homeless during the coldest six months of the year ever since. Today, we are a year-round supportive and emergency shelter, offering many resources and services to clients.

Dignity On Wheels will help us extend our reach, and help those who cannot otherwise make it to a shelter or facility each night. It’s another forward step to reducing homelessness in our communities.


Dignity on Wheels Statistics & Facts

Program statistics since launching in September 2015 through January 2017:

1,484 – Number of unduplicated individuals to receive services
4,803 – Number of hot showers provided
1,680 – Number of single loads of laundry provided

More men use our services. Here are the demographic breakdown of those using the Dignity on Wheels service in the two main counties:

San Mateo County:
23% female, 77% male

Overall in San Mateo County
19-25 years: 2%
25-34 years: 9%
35-44 years: 34%
45-54 years: 28%
55-64 years: 22%
65+: 5%

Santa Clara County:
29% female, 71% male

Overall in Santa Clara County
19-25 years: 3%
25-34 years: 12%
35-44 years: 26%
45-54 years: 32%
55-64 years: 22%
65+: 5%

More about the program

  • Dignity on Wheels launched in 2015 with one trailer. WeHOPE added a second trailer in 2016 to accommodate the demand and extend its outreach
  • Dignity on Wheels primarily serves San Mateo County and Santa Clara County, however, we have done one-off service within Alameda County
  • Dignity on Wheels regularly provides service as nine sites between the two counties, with Santa Clara County currently holding the most services
  • Because of Project WeHOPE’s efforts with Dignity on Wheels, California State Senator Jerry Hill (Dist 13, D-San Mateo) honored the organization as 2016 Nonprofit of the Year

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