As I enter into my fifth year here at Sacred Heart Center, I continue to be humbled by our community’s resilience and strength, in spite of all of the difficulties that face us. We remain standing – seguimos parados – thanks to all of our program participants, friends, supporters, volunteers, staff, and partners. We realize that we are in the midst of a moment that is uncharted, uncertain, and increasingly difficult as the months pass. We remain committed to upholding our mission of connecting Latino families with tools to thrive and flourish. Without the help of important partners and supporters like you, this would not be possible!
On a daily basis the SHC continues to work in solidarity with our community, deeply impacting the lives of the Latino families and individuals that it touches through our core educational programs and community hub work, in spite of the new methodologies that we are having to use to reach our community. Last fiscal year we served over 19,000 people. This work was carried out through our three portfolios: Adult Education Programs, Youth & Children’s Programs, and Community Initiatives. It is important to note that much of this figure represents emergency response services that we were called on to provide during the pandemic, which all continue on today. We continue to navigate the challenges that come at us, as a community that has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, as we navigate social and racial inequities, and as we work to strengthen our structure as a small and growing organization. We have done as the palm trees do – las palmeras – bending in the wind, but we do not break.
On behalf of our program participants, staff, and Board, thank you for believing in our vision of a Richmond that embraces each other in our shared humanity. That vision is now, MORE THAN EVER, dear and important, even while we are apart. And we look forward to the day when we can all be together again, in the safe, welcoming space that is Sacred Heart Center.
If you would like to be more involved, you can become a volunteer, attend one of our classes, programs, or events, or learn more about our work on the internet. Follow us on social media and share the work of SHC with your friends and family! Whichever way you get involved, we hope to see you soon, whether that is virtually or in person. Thank you!
From the Executive Director