SAN JOSE, Calif.
— The avian community in San Jose is moving to tropical climates after it was shut down due to lack of funding.
The San Jose Missionary Baptist Church in North San Jose said Thursday it is moving its services to the tropical cities of Matagorda and Puerto Rico.
The church’s social services director said in an email that while they were in San José, the church was in need of a “new life” and needed a community-based ministry.
It was closed because of funding cuts.
More than 300 people from the church moved to Matagords a month ago and were able to apply for jobs at a Matagordon restaurant and other businesses.
The pastor of the church, Rev. William “Billy” Monsek, said they wanted to “reestablish ourselves in a different way.”
The Missionary said it was also looking to provide social services to those who have lost jobs and are homeless.
The move comes after more than 100 families moved from San Jose to Puerto Rico last month.
The city of San Jose was among those that closed its aviary.
It closed its facility in the city of Santa Rosa because of a lack of funds.
San Jose officials said in December that the city will be closing its aviaries because of lack of money.