Gather Around the Warm Heart at Sacred Heart Center


Each year it is one of our organizational goals to be able to provide our community with tools to thrive and flourish. In recent years, we’ve learned that registering for our programs was somewhat difficult for some of our students. For this reason, our staff took the initiative to expand registration and spearhead a MEGA REGISTRATION this January.

Registration for all of our programs was extended to a full week in which students had the time to register for and take advantage of our extensive portfolio of offerings.

The turnout was so great in our community that we filled several of our ESL sections on the second day of registration, but with the wonderful support of our volunteers and staff members we managed to open one more ESL class. Thank you to those that helped us make this happen!

A total of 292 students enrolled in our adult education programs and classes, and 150 total enrolled in our programs for youth and children. Within these programs we have 28 families to whom we will be offering transportation throughout the semester so that they can make it to their classes. We want to extend a warm GRACIAS to all that helped make the MEGA REGISTRATION a success!

Creative Languages: Transforming Barriers Into Opportunities

Alfonso Perez Acosta at TEDxYouth@RVA

“Let’s start having a creative conversation around cultural identities.”

Alfonso, our art program facilitator, has transformed a piece of paper and a pencil into a home. To him, home is more than where you live — it’s encouraging youth in our community to celebrate their identities. Check out his recent TEDxYouth talk!

Volunteer Spotlight

Every day at the Sacred Heart Center, we have people whose hearts and souls nourish our community through their service. Our dedicated volunteers are and always will be the backbone of the Center. Even on the hardest days, we know that we can count on them — they always give their best to offer knowledge and support to our community through their leadership and service!

On a weekly basis we have 80 active volunteers total coming in to the Center, who help us run daily programs, assist with administrative logistics, and organize our donation room.

If you want to know how to be part of this family and volunteer with us, click here to learn more. Thank you, volunteers!

Pictured here are our amazing ESL volunteer teachers. Thanks to their dedication to our community, we were able to open an additional ESL class to accept everyone who registered during the Mega Registration.

Sacred Heart Center Director Named a

Richmond History Maker

We are very proud of our executive director, Tanya Gonzalez, who was chosen as one of this year’s Richmond History Makers by the Valentine Museum for her constant and unconditional support of Latino families, immigrants and people of color in Richmond, Virginia. Tanya Gonzalez’ leadership in our organization has allowed us to positively impact thousands of families in our community.

Thank you for your work and dedication, and thank you for giving families the tools to thrive and flourish. We are very proud of you.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized as a Richmond History Maker, and receive this as a recognition for all Latino families in Richmond. I look back over the 20 years of my career and see all that has been done, and I also look forward and see all that we have to do. I am grateful that we at Sacred Heart Center are growing and creating a community that actively embraces each other in our shared humanity, thus advancing social justice. I am thankful to be a part of that.”

Winter Wish List

In season, gently used, clean clothing, shoes, outerwear and accessories (including handbags), for babies, children and adults – please NO underwear or business attire. NO HANGERS PLEASE
Unopened personal hygiene products.
Feminine hygiene products.
Diapers, all sizes.
Children’s books, ages 0-12, in English and Spanish. Baby board books are especially in demand. Please DO NOT bring adult books or reference materials.
Children’s DVDs.
Gently used, CLEAN stuffed animals or SMALL one piece toys (eg. action figures or cars). Please DO NOT bring us puzzles, games, legos, blocks, toys that have pieces, toys that need batteries, electronic toys, costumes, or anything larger than a lunchbox.
School Supplies – including new or clean, gently used backpacks.
Food for Bainbridge Community Food Pantry and/or our emergency pantry – non-perishable, non-expired food, boxed or canned.
Apartment-size refrigerator for our childcare program – please contact us for details.

Contact: Elaine Hinckle
804 230 4399 ~

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