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 May 3rd or May 17th. 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, May 19th, 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. Contact Mischa Plesha at with any questions.

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

Gleaners Ministry

If you are looking for a way to help the poor of our community, we have the ministry for you. We are in real need of people to get food from the Los Gatos Trader Joe’s one or two times a month  from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and deliver to Sacred Heart Community Service. You would be in pairs of two with one of you having a SUV to be able to carry the items.

This is a ministry that both men and women can do. Please consider this ministry. It is a great way to serve those in need in our community.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please email Bill Sullivan at

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