Sacred Heart

Social Ministries

Creating hope, opportunity and action

Sacred Heart Community Service is a non-denominational, non-profit organization which provides integrated services onsite free of charge to all in need. The programs offered are in three main categories: Essential Services (food, clothing, housing, and utility assistance), Self Sufficiency (education, family support, and employment), and Policy and Organization (training low income volunteers to work together to address the needs of their community).

Holy Spirit Parish supports and volunteers for many of the programs at Sacred Heart. Below is a list of ongoing and current opportunities to serve.

Survival Sacks

We gather on the first and third Thursdays of the month to distribute Survival Sacks, organize supplies, make hygiene kits, and fill backpacks. Sacks are distributed to those who are homeless and living on the streets of San Jose, usually about 50 on each distribution day.

Consider joining us on either October 4th or October 18th. We meet at Sacred Heart at 8:45 a.m. and finish up about 10:45 a.m. 

For questions, please contact Tom Burgei and Patty O’Neil at

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Saturday at Sacred Heart

School aged children and older are invited to join us for our next Saturday at Sacred Heart on Saturday, September 15th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. We will help in the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and anywhere else we are needed to help Sacred Heart prepare to serve their customers in the week ahead.

Sign up below. School aged children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. Service hours can be earned.

Hope to see you at The Heart!

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Survival Sacks

Volunteers gather on the first and third Thursdays of the month to organize supplies, make hygiene kits, fill backpacks and distribute Survival Sacks to the homeless.

Join us October 5th and 19th. Click here to sign up!

Saturday at Sacred Heart

Every third Saturday of the month, volunteers pack food bags, sort produce, organize clothing donations, and any other task necessary to prepare for the week ahead.

Join us Saturday, October 21st. More details to come!

Weekly Services

Many of our parishioners volunteer every week to work in the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and to help with the Job Link and Gleaning Programs.

For info, please contact Mike Ferrero at 408-997-5111 or

Pack-a-Back 2018 is Here!

Every fall, Sacred Heart distributes backpacks filled with supplies to children who would not otherwise have the materials they need to start the school year. The gift of a supply-filled backpack allows children to begin school ready to learn. Filled backpacks today nurture the leaders of tomorrow. This year, Sacred Heart will give out 3,300 backpacks! Holy Spirit Parish has generously supported the Pack a Back campaign over the years.

You and your family can be part of this important ministry by donating school supplies and/or volunteering with Holy Spirit Parish at Sacred Heart.

We will be collecting new school supplies at all Masses the weekends of July 14th and 21st. Bins will also be available in the Parish Hall and Parish Office for donations during the week. A list of needed items is listed to the right.

In addition to donations, we have the following volunteer opportunities:

July 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sorting Day: Sorting school supplies, followed by food or clothing help in warehouse. Volunteer release required for youth under 18 (download below). Youth under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

August 4th, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Packing Day: Packing school supplies into grade-level kits that will be given out with a backpack of the child’s choice. Volunteer release required for youth under 18 (download below). Youth under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

August 10th, 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Distribution Day: Handing out supply kits and helping the children choose their own new backpack. Ages 16 and up only. Volunteer release required for youth under 18 (download below). Spanish or Vietnamese language skill helpful but not required.


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We hope you can participate in this drive by donating and/or volunteering! Contact Alison Gibbons Chardos at with any questions.

Pack a Back Drive
July 14th-22nd

Wish List

  • New Back Packs (no red or blue)
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Packs of Wide Ruled Paper
  • Crayons
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Pencils & Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Note Cards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • USB Sticks
  • Three Ring Binders
  • $20 Gift Cards from any store that sells shoes

For a convenient way to purchase supplies, Sacred Heart Community Service also has a wish list on Amazon. On the Amazon website, search “Find a List or Registry” and enter “Sacred Heart Community Service.” You can even have your order delivered directly to Sacred Heart!

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