Today, providing essential services to individuals and families in need remains one of Sacred Heart’s core strategies. The organization has also evolved into a respected and innovative provider of programs that assists families with achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency and a grassroots organizing network that addresses the root causes and consequences of poverty. Sacred Heart moved into its current facility in 1998, where today it meets basic human rights such as food, clothing, and housing assistance, while at the same time offering the tools for self-sufficiency, including employment assistance, family mentoring, and adult and youth education programs. In 2008, Sacred Heart was selected by the State of California to be the Community Action Agency for Santa Clara County. This designation formalized Sacred Heart’s role as a regional leader and conveys a responsibility for developing countywide solutions to poverty. With the additional responsibility and resources, Sacred Heart has expanded its existing essential services and self-sufficiency programs both internally and through formal program collaborations, strengthened its community engagement work, and developed community organizing and advocacy initiatives. In 2009, Sacred Heart was named the new energy services provider for Santa Clara County by the State of California, further expanding the agency’s role in financial assistance provision and leadership within the county safety net.
Sacred Heart’s vision statement describes the long-term aim of the organization and the north star toward which all of their work is directed. The vision statement places equal emphasis on the building and uniting of community and on the freedom from poverty. Neither objective can truly be fulfilled without the other. Thus, Sacred Heart’s work emphasizes both engaging and strengthening our community and developing solutions to poverty.
The mission statement describes who they are, their fundamental purpose, and their role in their community. It expresses not only the specific ways in which they address the root causes and consequences of poverty, but an understanding that the way in which they go about doing so has a deep and lasting impact. Hope is created when they share resources in a dignified, compassionate, and respectful way. Opportunity is created when they invest in the skills and nurture mutual support networks among individuals and groups. Action is manifested when they organize volunteers, leaders, and institutions to work together to act on both individual and societal levels in pursuit of a community free from poverty.
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