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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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