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Sacred Heart Community Service

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Address:

1381 South First Street San Jose CA 95110 USA

Mission:

Our Mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering the tools for self sufficiency, and ministering with dignity, compassion, and respect.  We engage the community and inspire volunteers to love, serve and share.

Results:

Every year, Sacred Heart serves tens of thousands of families with immediate needs. In FY07-08, we: *prevented 4,186 evictions *prevented hunger by giving 215,046 bags of food *clothed tens of thousands with 144,908 bags of clothing *prepared 1,500 children for school with well-stocked backpacks *provided 3,300 families with Thanksgiving dinners *provided a warm Christmas of a tree, dinner and gifts to 2,700 families *and elated their children with more than 1,800 boxes of toys

Target demographics:

All low-income families with children, and low-income individuals, including homeless people, in Santa Clara County.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

35,000

Geographic areas served:

Santa Clara County

Programs:

-essential services- welcome center: main registration area for the organization, providing resource referral and information. The welcome center also distributes newborn layettes to pregnant customers. Louise's pantry: named for the organization's founder, provides a 3-day supplemental supply of food twice per month, to customers within specified zip code areas. Gracie's clothes closet: named for a long-time clothes closet volunteer, provides gently used clothing, blankets, and linens to customers, twice per month. 378,176 people were served by these services

-self sufficiency programs -youth education- early childhood education (ece): reschool classes for children 3 to 5 years of age; parents of ece children are usually enrolled in pops or other adult education classes. Homework club: after school learning, outreach and enrichment program for children from grades 1-8; tutoring and homework time; organized activities and field trips; protein and fruit snacks provided each day. Academic summer day camp: summer camp with an academic focus for children entering grades 4-8; designed to enrich their summer with learning and prepare them for the coming school year; weekly field trips; afternoon enrichment activities. Adult education-computer classes: classes taught at varied skill levels are offered in both english and spanish. Parents of preschoolers (pops) - esl parenting classes: classes that teach parents of young children different approaches to parenting and child development with a focus on teaching basic english skills that parents need to communicate with their child's physician, teacher, etc. Families unidas con las escuelas (families united with the schools): a national best practice curriculum developed by mexican america legal defense & education fund (maldef), the series of 12 parent workshops help parents learn how to navigate the public school system and to become an effective advocate for their child's education. Parents whose children attend sacred heart community service's homework club are required to complete the series. Economic and family self-sufficiencyfamily support: provides one-on-one mentoring/coaching, advocacy, and direct services to facilitate leadership development and empower low-income families to achieve healthy relationships with self, family, and community. Services include case management and home visitation, educational workshops and parent support groups. Joblink employment services: assists job-seekers to secure employment by providing them with support and resources that empower them to become economically self-sufficient. Services include individualized assessment, job readiness and skills development workshops, vocational counseling, financial education, and a job interview clothes closet. La mesa verde: works with low-income families to build organic home gardens to grow healthy food. Asset building for independence: provides individuals and families with concrete pathways to economic self sufficiency through financial educational classes, individualized coaching, and income tax assistance. Programs include: volunteer income tax assistance (vita), financial education workshops, public benefits eligibility screening and enrollment, individualized development accounts (idas), and individualized credit coaching. Colectivo de lideres: identify, train and deploy leaders from within the community of people receiving services from the organization in order to build stronger families that become advocates for their children's and their own education, create teachers for urban organic gardening techniques, and train mentors for financial success.

financial and energy assistance programslow-income home energy assistance program: provides assistance to help pay utility bills and avoid energy-related crises for households that are experiencing financial hardship. Weatherization assistance program: promotes energy-efficiency in dwellings occupied by low-income households in order to reduce their monthly energy bill. Weatherizes homes by replacing old appliances, upgrading insulation and venting, installing low-flow shower heads and weather stripping windows and doors. Financial assistance: provides one-time financial assistance for security deposits, past due rent or other emergency needs to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Sacred Heart for their La Mesa Verde project. La Mesa Verde builds urban vegetable gardens for families that were already receiving Sacred Hearts food donation services. This allows families to have easy access to fresh nutritious food and reduce their dependance and some of the expense of donating foods. After about an hour of training, I went with one other volunteer to a family's house, and the two of us along with the husband and wife of the house together built two gardens on their property including a drip irrigation system. They were pretty impressive gardens and I would've love to have had one myself. The family was very appreciative and it was a wonderful experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This is an outstanding organization with deep roots and a long history of serving the most vulnerable of the San Jose community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The faces of the deeply touched lives of poor people and volunteers I see leaving the building every time I’m here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep it on the same track. They’re doing a great job!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with individuals deeply committed to a larger vision of a community free from poverty by taking care of the needs of each individual who comes through the door.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Deeply committed who treat the customers and volunteers with loving and cheerful compassion, dignity and respect many don’t find in their daily interactions with others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reduce homelessness by providing more emergency assistance.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn’t have been better. The organization pays serious attention to the experiences of its volunteers, evidenced by the fact they have at least 150 volunteers in the building every single day.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding the time away from daily operations of serving people in immediate need in order to do the long-term grinding work to get decision makers in mainstream systems to make the necessary changes that would reduce poverty.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I encourage everyone to come and volunteer and see this place in action. It will change your life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Sacred Heart Community Service is a wonderful organization. The breadth of services that they provide to the community is amazing. They really understand that in order for people to improve their own lives, they need to have their basic needs met, so they provide for peoples’ basic needs with food and clothing. But they also help people help themselves by providing job search assistance, housing assistance, computer classes, ESL classes, an after school program and case management. And they don’t charge the customer for anything. But just as important as the assistance that they provide, is the fact that they really make a concerted effort to treat the people that they serve in a dignified manner and without judgment. I work in the pantry handing out groceries. I am always truly touched when the customers say to me, “God bless you.” It is those instances that I reminded just how much the work that we are doing is needed, and how much it is appreciated. I feel really blessed to be able to help people in this way. It is how I personally put my faith into action and it makes me feel really connected to the people of San Jose.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The faces of the people that we serve. I also know that many customers are able to make lasting changes in their lives as a result of the help that they get at Sacred Heart eliminating their need for further assistance.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The connection that I have made with the working poor of San Jose and having an opportunity to act on my faith.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing! Chad and others in the Pantry are totally committed to the work done at Sacred Heart, and to providing a safe place for people to come to get their basic needs met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Eliminate poverty in Santa Clara County.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

 
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