Program areas at Sacred Heart Community Service
Housing and family assistance:- housing and family assistance - provides assistance to families and individuals at high risk of losing their housing. The intervention delivers case management coordinated with multi-month rental assistance for secure and appropriate rental housing.- financial assistance - provides one-time financial assistance for security deposits, past due rents, or other emergency needs to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness.4,082 people were served by these services.
Hps network coordination-homeless prevention and rapid re-housing - in partnership with destination: home, the organization's staff support county-wide homelessness prevention services by training dozens of partners and centralizing administrative work associated with contracting and compliance. With four years of success and rapid growth of partners this team has grown and was entrusted to manage county-wide covid-19 relief.the network served 1,297 people.
Essential services:- welcome center - main registration area for the organization, providing resource referral and information. The welcome center also distributes newborn layettes to expecting parents.- food pantry - provides a 3-day supplemental supply of food once per week regardless of zip code. The pantry also provides surplus fruits and vegetables up to once per week and approximately 300 bag lunches per day for customers.clothes closet - provides gently used clothing, blankets, and linens to customers, once per week and distributes backpacks full of hygiene supplies, underwear, and socks for unhoused customers.30,913 people were served by these services.
Self-sufficiency programeducation programs- resilient families-infants program - teaches parents/caretakers from san jose and gilroy to provide sensitive and supportive care that helps their age 0-3 children develop a healthy attachment. Children who have a healthy attachment with a caretaker are more resilient, making it more likely for them to overcome challenges associated with poverty and perform better socially, behaviorally, and academically. Families that go through this program may be less likely to need intervention services from schools and child protective services.- parents of preschoolers (pops) and early childhood education (ece) - english as a second language (esl) and parenting classes for parents and preschool classes for their children 3 to 5 years of age. Pops classes 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. Simultaneous ece classes teach kindergarten readiness skills to children.- after school academy - after school learning, outreach, and enrichment program for children from grades 1-5; tutoring and homework time; organized activities and field trips; protein and fruit snacks provided each day. Past academy students in grades 6-8 engage in leadership development by assisting younger students and learning mindfulness techniques to cope with stress and emotions in a healthy manner.- summer academy - 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.- computer classes - classes taught at varied skill levels are offered in both english and spanish.economic and family self-sufficiency- 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 - organizes low-income families and master gardeners 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 individualized credit coaching.- logrando juntos - provides a financial literacy club that harnesses peer support to help individuals and families improve their lives. In this program, members are grouped into cohorts of 10 to 15 people. Through the logrando juntos program, Sacred Heart Community Service offers workshops on identify theft, credit building strategies, budgeting and saving and planning for paying for college.2,324 people were served by these services
Energy assistance programs- low-income home energy assistance program - provides assistance to help pay utility bills and avoid energy-related crises for households that are experiencing financial hardship.7,381 people were served by these services.
Policy and organizing- power and organizing - enriches our Community by strengthening the voice and presence of low-income Community members and their allies in decision-making processes that impact the structural causes of poverty. Through leadership development, research, education, and action, the organization's members directly benefit the communities it serves by identifying and addressing the issues that matter to individuals the most. Since 2009, the organization has leveraged that trust of the Community in creative ways to build a grassroots base, program collaborations, and advocacy coalitions. Collective campaigns have led to meaningful victories for affordable housing funding and production, minimum wages, tenant protections, carceral reform, racial equity, and immigrant rights.740 people were served by these services.
Community outreach and education-volunteer office - engages Community members and customers in structured volunteer Service at the organization.-outreach and education - reaches out to the Community to engage and educate people about poverty and potential solutions to poverty in santa clara county. Includes educational classes and immersion programs.823 people were served by these services.
Organizational development-data analysis & program improvement - provides for the collection of data on strategic priorities, Service provision, and their outcomes for use in analyzing the effectiveness of programs and strategies and informing any modification of services, policies, and procedures as necessary.