If you walk the edges of the St Leo neighborhood starting at Babe the Muffler man and walking up the Alameda, turning left on Race Street and left again on Park Avenue you'll walk past most of the places listed here.
The St Leo neighborhood is an interesting mix of new high density housing next to older single family residential housing that used to house the cannery workers. Today it is a neighborhood in transition waiting for it's make over and to publicly embrace it's historic role as San Jose's Gay neighborhood.
The large center runs with just 2 paid staff members and over 50 core volunteers and a tiny budget. It was a pioneer in what is now a growing number of community centers around the country. The building's previous tenants were a French Restaurant in the 1930s and later as an Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
Sal's plaque at the entrance reads, "Wherever and whenever a minority is treated as second class citizens, the entire community suffers... let justice outweigh prejudice."
A few blocks over is the Crane Center of the Santa Clara County Health Dept @976 Lenzen Avenue which offers free confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing.
Six times a month they let clients come in and pick up their food directly.
The Food Basket is committed to providing nutritional care and support for persons living with HIV and AIDS, while helping them to achieve optimal nutritional status through generous donations and the support of Second Harvest.
While the Odd Fellows is a funny name today, it has a long history of giving sympathy and aid to others. It just so happens that Aejaie Sellars is an Odd Fellow member who now runs Carla's Social Club and Whipped Kream to help others with makeup, clothing and voice.
Their Yelp reviews gives high praise for their quality. It took me awhile to decode the meaning in the 3 flags in the main window.
The only thing missing is a nearby Good Vibrations store to help spiffy up the neighborhood.
If singing is more your thing you be sure to check out the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus with Tuesday night rehearsals @ 1100 Shasta Ave, at the Westminister church. They've been a neighborhood institution since 1983.