For many years Sacred Heart has built upon its strong foundation of essential services to offer tools and resources for attaining self-sufficiency to help people in poverty overcome barriers to a better life for themselves and their families.
Santa Clara County contains a wide array of public and private organizations offering a variety of tools intended to help people obtain self-sufficiency. In the best of times, these resources have been fragmented and uncoordinated, and in the current economic environment such programs have borne the brunt of cuts from both public and private funding sources.
Sacred Heart’s slate of self-sufficiency programs have been developed over the last three decades in response to the needs and ideas expressed by our customers and to the gaps we see among other agencies in Santa Clara County.
Over the last six years, we have started to bring coordination, focus, and considerably more resources to our self-sufficiency work. Self Sufficiency includes our Family Support, Education, JobLink Employment Services, Asset Building for Independence, La Mesa Verde urban gardening programs, and the SHCS Leadership Collective for customers who also want to volunteer.