Our History

The Sacred Heart Center celebrates 25 years of community building!

In 1990, the Maryland Province Jesuits and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond opened Sacred Heart Center in the former Sacred Heart School building. Under the leadership of a community-based board of directors, the building was rehabilitated and innovative programming began, including day and after-school programs for children and a job training program for adults.

In 2011, in response to the changing demographics of the neighborhoods of South Richmond and the growing Spanish speaking congregation of the Sacred Heart Parish, the Sacred Heart Center refocused its mission and programming to serve the needs of a growing Latino community. In 2014-15, The Center enrolled 385 students in core educational programs and served thousands more through its collaborative partnerships offering medical, consular, and tax preparation services as well as food assistance and referrals for a variety of basic needs.

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