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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: To improve the qaulity of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.

Target demographics: families of children with cancer and children and parents experiencing the grief of losing a precious child to cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 160 children with cancer and their families - 480 people

Geographic areas served: Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara Counties of California

Programs: Family-centered care including: Counseling & Support Groups: For parents, teens, siblings, couples, & bereaved families In Home & Hospital Visits: Providing care where and when it is needed most Resource Library & Referrals: Providing materials for parents on how to contribute to the care of their child and connection to additional community resources Community Education: Raising cancer awareness and inspiring support for our programs through venues such as health fairs, classroom visits, and community Art from the Heart: Giving families a creative outlet for self-expression through art therapy and access to enriching activities in our community Celebrations & Milestones: Honoring the important days in the lives of special children such as birthdays and completion of treatment Financial Assistance: Assistance with household bills, memorial/funerals, prepaid phone, gas and grocery cards

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michelle275

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer Jacob's Heart was there to help with everything from grocery delivery to assist with my other children when they were left alone because I was at the hospital. They provided counseling services and fun events. We couldn't have made it through our journey without them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacobs Heart is the most awesome non profit in the Bay Area. They serve a major part of our community with smiles on all the staffs faces. We need more of Jacobs Heart love spread around! Way to go Jacobs Heart!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the impact Jacob's Heart has on our community. Lori Butterworth and her staff work tirelessly to bring services to families in need, delivering compassionate care and support that helps ease some of the burdens faced when illness strikes. I can't say enough good things about this organization. You can know, that without a doubt, your donations will go far and directly benefit the families they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart is so dedicated to helping the entire family as they battle cancer with their children. JH is not just interested in helping provide monetary support, but also mental, and emotional support making JH a holistic helping hand for the families they serve here in Santa Cruz County.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredibly, passionate staff than offer a breadth of family services and support. JH never turns away a family or child. No matter the need, the time - they are there for familes 24/7. They do the the work of angels!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love all things that Jacobs Heart does for the community.

Heather155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my friend's daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at 2 years of age, it made me realize how blessed I truly am with my healthy daughter. Watching and hearing my friend's daily trials, made easier with the help of a group named Jacob's Heart blew me away. I am so impressed with the organization and the outpouring of support and love they offer to local children with cancer, their parents and siblings.
Life is made so much easier for those families struggling with all the day to day activities for their families as well as having a sick child. They are truly there for any family going through that ugly C word.
Jacob's Heart truly is a "Great" nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my little sister Cecilia was diagnosed with cancer Jacob's Heart was side by side with us through out the time my little sister was alive. Lori the founder of Jacob's Heart would visit the children at stanford hospital and donate her time to check in with the families. My family recieved infinant support from rides to the hospital to financial assistance. Our family was bless to be part of the Jacobs Heart family. My sister passed away in the year 1999 at age 10 and my family is still actively involved volunteering at Jacobs Heart giving back for all the support we recieved. Thank you to all the donors, community members, and all individual who help and continue to help Jacobs Heart financially and with their time. Without Jacobs Heart passion in serving families with children with cancer our families will dramatically struggle and there is no need for all this if we all join forces and help sustain Jacobs Heart. God bless you all.

Maggie32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart truly has an amazing staff. I am blessed to be amongst them, and have learned so much regarding pediatric cancer advocacy and family needs. The needs of the family really do matter and come first in each and every decision made here at Jacob's Heart Children' s Cancer Support Services.

Trinity M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've heard nothing but the most amazing, positive and compassionate stories about Jacob's Heart over the years. Any parent/child face with such a horrific life experience is beyond blessed to have Jacobs Heart there for support and help the child with their quality of life before, during & after treatment. The staff is so full of compassion and love for everyone that walks through the door. I do not have a child with cancer but I walked in there to volunteer because I want to be a part of this non profit more than having a job. The staff has every family in their absolute best interest making this chapter in their life the best it could possibly be during this time .
I'm so honored to be able to be a part of the staff of Jacobs Heart and proud to say I'm able to direct events to raise money and community awareness for them. I hope to be involved for many years ahead