History

Louise Benson founded Sacred Heart in 1964 to feed hungry families in her neighborhood.

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 assist families with achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency.

Louise Benson, Founder of Sacred Heart Community Service

Sacred Heart moved into its current facility in 1998, where today it meets basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing assistance, while at the same time offering the tools for self-sufficiency, including employment assistance, family mentoring, citizenship support, and adult and youth education programs. 

In 2008 Sacred Heart was designated the Community Action Agency for Santa Clara County by the State of California.

This designation formalized Sacred Heart’s role as a regional leader and conveys a responsibility for addressing and developing countywide solutions to poverty. With the additional responsibility and resources of Sacred Heart Community Service the Community Action Agency role, Sacred Heart has expanded its existing essential services and self-sufficiency programs both internally and through formal program collaborations, strengthened its community involvement work, and added 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.