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Jacobs Heart Childrens Cancer Support Services

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

Mission: Mission and Purpose: Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer by supporting their families in the challenges they face. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has provided emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of children with cancer and thousands of their family members. We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. We strive to inspire compassionate action within local communities, to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family.

Results: In 2016, Jacob’s Heart provided the following services to 294 children with cancer and 1,264 of their family members: • $282,118 worth of direct financial assistance and practical support, including payment for rent, utilities, gas, groceries, meals, funeral assistance and other necessities • 260 group, family and individual counseling sessions for families in treatment and those who are bereaved • 4,754 hours of direct support, including 988 home and hospital visits • 4,406 bags of nutritious groceries delivered to homes and hospital rooms • 2,650 deliveries of cards, gift and remembrances honoring milestones, birthdays and anniversaries • $4,495 in gas cards to assist with the cost of transportation to and from treatment, along with 381 rides provided and/or coordinated. • 30 peer mentoring outings for teens with cancer and their siblings • 165 campers attended Camp Heart + Hands, a free, three-day weekend camp for children with cancer and their families.

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: 325 childre with cancer and their families - 1,100 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

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart has been a lifeline for children, families, communities and individuals who are challenged with the effects of childhood cancer, experiencing grief, or simply furthering community support. Without them our local kids would not receive hospice, would miss Dr. appointments, go without food and event miss rent or house payments. They are crucial for our communities members who need it most.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son Cole was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at age 6. As you can imagine this was a life changing experience for us and we were in a state of fear and shock. Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services started as a grass roots effort 20 years ago to help improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face. They do this in several ways from helping with rent assistance so families can take a leave from work to stay by their child's bedside, they supply gas cards to offset the expense of trips to our closest children's hospital, they deliver groceries to families, support siblings, provide transport to doctor's appointments, provide counseling to the entire family when needed and plan many fun events to bring families together so that connections can be made as well as provide bereavement services. My son survived and has been off treatment for over 13 years and still relies on Jacob's Heart for social connections. The volunteer opportunities have provided him with an important purpose in life and the support and love he still receives there helps his confidence. I am so grateful and encouraged that the support they provide makes a difference for families like mine, that I now serve on the Board.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From grocery deliveries to transportation to the hospital, this organization always puts their families first. Thank you Jacob's Heart for all of the amazing work you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that does so much for children and families going through one of the most difficult things to go through in life - childhood cancer. They do an incredible amount with every dollar raised, and are very well respected and admired in the community.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart provides invaluable services to children and their families who are dealing with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. They provide financial assistance, transportation to treatments, counseling and a variety of other services to hundreds of families in their time of need. They do this with amazing compassion and grace. We are fortunate to have them in our community.

Megan M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

With an amazing, compassionate staff and fleet of volunteers, this grassroots organization provides emotional, financial and practical support to both children fighting cancer and their families. Their scope of support goes out to families in a four-county area. Regardless of socio-ecomonmic status, children fighting cancer along with their families need a support system for the myriad of needs that arise when faced with a life-threatening illness. Jacob's Heart is there to serve them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart is celebrating 20 years of service to the communities within the Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties of California. The services they provide to families who are struggling through the heartbreak of a pediatric cancer diagnosis are invaluable to the families that they serve. Through both tangible and emotional support, they play an integral role in assisting these families. From bags of food delivered to their homes, to summer camp for the entire family, to support groups and celebratory parties for the patients, Jacobs Heart is the bright light that shines in the darkness. Our communities are so blessed to have such a powerful support network in our midst.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great mission driven organization. Superb stewardship of resources

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the dedication and amazing work that all of the staff of Jacob's Heart do on a daily basis. Our community is beyond fortunate to have such a compassion based organization to provide services to families of children with cancer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have Jacob's Heart in our area. They provide practical assistance to the families they serve - bill assistance, transportation coordination, grocery delivery, resource referrals, etc - to alleviate some of the stress the families are facing. But what the Jacob's Heart team does goes beyond those things... they provide emotional support, hospital and home visits, family events, expressive arts, parent mentors, support groups, and a whole lot of heart! The staff cares deeply about helping the families and I think you can feel that the moment you walk in the door.

Gay W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am connected with pediatric hospice . WHENEVER WE HAVE A NEED FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS in the service area of Jacob Heart it is only a phone call away. They work tirelessly, and with such grace as they meet the daunting needs of these families. Their leaders are willing to push the boundaries and meet ever greater needs in their community. Children who may have been forgotten and their families get loving care above and beyond at a time when they need it the most!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacob’s Heart as an organization has really helped to form my professional career. I started as a volunteer, which quickly turned into my first real job. I was inspired to go on and study psychology. Now almost 20 years later I have come full circle and am back working at Jacob’s Heart as the director of the counseling program. It’s wonderful to see how this organization has been able to grow and continue to provide so much love and support to the communities it serves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jacob's Heart is a local organization with a really big heart! They do amazing work supporting children with cancer and their families. They help financially, with transportation to appointments, have an organic grocery program, as well as treatment and bereavement counseling programs. We are huge supporters of Jacob's Heart and are so very thankful for the work they do in our community!

Monica D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Jacob's Heart, I thought it was a great organization that helped a few children and their families. Little did I know how many children are affected by cancer. It really hit me when I went to their headquarters and walked down a long hallway filled with photos of all the children they have helped. You can see in the attached photo that the pictures fill every space of the wall, are overlapping from the floor to the ceiling. Although it's heart breaking to see how many children have/are fighting cancer, it's also inspirational to see how many children have been / are being helped by Jacob's Heart. They do everything from providing counseling, transportation, groceries, and so much more. If you are considering volunteering for Jacob's Heart, I highly encourage you to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people. Great programs. Unbelievable passion from all at this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding community-based organization that does a tremendous amount of good for the families they serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacobs Heart is a truly unique and astonishing organization which provides optimal care and compassion to families undergoing transitions into cancer treatment, and long after. I love being surrounded by passionate, dedicated individuals who will go above and beyond to ensure that the families we serve have their basic needs met during this difficult time in their life.

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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.