Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program

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About CHAP

CHAP is a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont, California, by advocating for and supporting homeless adult individuals within the community.

CHAP provides a variety of services, but its primary goal is to secure sustainable housing for these individuals. The first step is to match up all of the individuals ("participants") seeking aid from CHAP with two volunteer mentors ("advocates").

Advocates, who meet with their participants at least once a week but are available 24/7 for emergencies, provide individualized practical support to address the specific issues that prevent participants from having homes of their own.


  • July 2013: CHAP founded.
  • January 2014: Overnight Program launched to provide a safe place to sleep and an opportunity for participants to establish productive, sustainable and mutually supportive relationships.
  • February 2014: Food Working Group begins providing nutritious meals for CHAP participants who otherwise cannot meet their basic food needs.
  • May 2014: Housing Working Group established with the mission of securing affordable, sustainable housing in the greater Claremont area to support ten to twelve CHAP participants.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Advocates assist CHAP participants to formulate life development goals.

Drivers provide transportation for participant appointments.

Hosts support the overnight program—a safe, warm, and welcoming place for CHAP participants to sleep overnight (8 pm to 8 am).

  • Opening hosts, 8 pm – 10 pm
  • Overnight hosts, 10 pm – 6 am
  • Morning hosts, 6 am – 8 am

Volunteers also support our other activities:

  • Meal sharing and event planning
  • Job coaching and employment support
  • Fundraising and grant writing assistance

Get Involved

We are always pleased when more people choose to be involved.

To learn more about CHAP, sign up for our mailing list or let us know you want to volunteer:

Contact Us


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Donate to CHAP



If you wish to donate by mail, please make checks payable to "Hope Partners" with "CHAP" on the memo line and send payment to:

Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program
c/o The Claremont Friends Meeting House
727 Harrison Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

Why Your Donation Matters

CHAP is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization. We use 100% of your monetary donation to provide vital services to our participants, including

  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Clothing and shoes for job interviews and work
  • Transportation
  • Education, licensing, and special equipment (such as tools)
  • Social events and outings

Wish List

In addition to monetary gifts, we gratefully accept material donations, specifically

  • Toiletries for adult men and women
  • Small kitchen appliances such as coffee pot, microwave oven, toaster, toaster oven
  • Blankets
  • Warm jackets for adult men and women

(C) 2018 CHAP