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

Holy Spirit parishioners are continuing to volunteer to distribute Survival Sacks at Sacred Heart Community Service. 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. We have the privilege of looking for the face of Christ in each of our clients.

Consider joining us on either November 2nd or November 16th. 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 tnburgei@yahoo.com.

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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, October 21st, 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. Please contact Mischa Plesha at mischaplesha@sbcglobal.net with any questions. Hope to see you at The Heart!

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Turkey and Tarps Drive

“…we can do small things with great love.” ― Mother Teresa

The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are opportunities for us to celebrate the good gifts God has given us. For many, the holiday season is a special time to serve the poor and to share our blessings with those who need it. We have an opportunity to do a small thing by sharing a turkey dinner or providing tarps for those in need.

Each year Sacred Heart Community Service feeds a turkey dinner to over 10,000 people with the help of $20 donations received from Holy Spirit parishioners. Last year, we raised over $5000. In the past 10 years the parish has generously raised about $100,000 to support those in need at Sacred Heart. Also, last year we purchased over 375 tarps to support our neighbors, who do not have adequate or available shelter from the cold and rain the winter months bring. Let’s continue to support this ministry.

Parishioners Diane Pham and Joyce Nguyen are organizing this collection, which allows us to share our love with minimal time and effort. We are looking for several people to help accept donations for turkeys and tarps after Mass on the weekends of November 4-5 and 11-12. Specifically, we are looking for two people for each Mass time during these two weekends.

If you are available to share your time in this meaningful way, please contact Diane Pham at dianepham818@yahoo.com or Joyce Nguyen at jjnguyen1107@sbcglobal.net.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at Sacred Heart

Open your hearts during the holidays and help at Sacred Heart Community Service. Many hands, large and small, are needed to volunteer for their Thanksgiving and Christmas programs.

For Thanksgiving, come join your fellow parishioners to help fill food boxes to the brim with ingredients for Thanksgiving dinners. After helping stack hundreds of filled boxes, you can also volunteer to help distribute food to customers for their families to enjoy holiday meals. It is truly an experience that will make your own Thanksgiving time meaningful.

During the Christmas holiday time, food boxes are once again put together and distributed for those in need. A special tradition is Sacred Heart’s Toy Box. The Learning Center will be transformed with hundreds and hundreds of brand new unwrapped toys where customers will choose toys to surprise their children for Christmas celebrations. Be part of putting a smile on a child’s face!

These are wonderful ways in which you and your family can give the most precious gift of all…the gift of time. Please look over the various shifts, paying close attention to the age requirements. Signups will open on Monday, October 30th. The spots go very quickly, so don’t wait! . Remember one slot per person. You must sign up every person who is participating. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jane Vitkovich at mjvitkovich@hotmail.com.

Descriptions of all the opportunities to serve can be found below.

 

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Food Packing – Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 18th, 8:30am – 11:30am

Thousands of boxes are packed and stacked this day. Sacred Heart has limited the age of volunteers to ages 9 and up. Children 9-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Food Distribution – Thanksgiving
Monday, November 20th, 8:00am – 11:00am
Tuesday, November 21st, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, November 22nd, 8:00am – 11:00am

Thousands of filled boxes will be distributed to customers on site. You will be standing, and/or lifting or performing other customer service duties. Due to lifting requirements, Sacred Heart has limited the age to 16 and up.

 

Food Packing – Christmas
Saturday, December 16th, 8:30am – 11:30am

Thousands of boxes are packed and stacked this day. Sacred Heart has limited the age of volunteers to ages 9 and up. Children 9-13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Food Distribution – Christmas
Monday, December 18th, 8:00am – 11:30am
Tuesday, December 19th, 8:00am – 11:00am

Thousands of filled boxes will be distributed to customers on site. You will be standing, and/or lifting or performing other customer service duties. Due to lifting requirements, Sacred Heart has limited the age to 16 and up.

 

Toy Box Setup
Sunday, December 17th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The Learning Center will become a “Toy Box” filled with new unwrapped toys. Toys will need to be sorted and organized for the room. Due to the time constraints, Sacred Heart has limited the age of the volunteers to 9 and up. Children 9-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Toy Distribution
Thursday, December 21st, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, December 22nd, 9:45am – 1:00pm

A very heartwarming day for all!! Volunteers are needed to assist parents (think of yourself as an “elf”) as they pick out toys to bring home for their children. You may also be asked to provide other customer service duties. Sacred Heart has limited the age to 16 and up.

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 mferrero@dsj.org.

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