Inspired by Sathya Sai Baba’s message, “Hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray”, members of the Sathya Sai Center of San Bruno, California who were trained in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) initiated value-based mentoring programs for low-income students. As a result, volunteers and their families participated in various ongoing service projects. One of the Center members also founded ‘Hope of Home’ in India, an organisation that helps over 100,000 children in 15 orphanages across India.
Every month, volunteers from the Sathya Sai Center of San Bruno, California cook and serve about 200 meals to the residents of Samaritan House in San Mateo and about 90 residents at the Safe Harbor Shelter in South San Francisco. On special occasions, they also provide clothing, blankets, and essential toiletry items to the shelter residents. First Step, a homeless shelter in San Mateo for battered women and children, is another facility where SSIO members provide home-cooked food as well as other necessities such as baby diapers, clothing, wipes, shoes, and bedding sets. The Center has also held four blood donation drives.
The selfless service provided by the San Bruno Sathya Sai Center to the community has been recognised and applauded many times by the city and state officials of California, including the Congressmen, most recently in March 2020. The Mayor of San Bruno has conferred the title of “Longest Serving Community Group” on the Sathya Sai Center of San Bruno.