Sacred Heart Center Serves as a hub for community programs through various partnerships, including a wide variety of individual and group counseling services, a food bank, medical services, tax preparation services, consular services, legal services and more. The center also directly offers community support services: *Family Support Program - Free case management for families. *Family Protection Project - Low cost or pro-bono immigration services for families. *Notary Services In 2017-2018 over 9,000 community members were served through programs and partnerships.
Latino Leadership Institute
Leadership and civic engagement program conducted in Spanish. Participants earn 3 continuing education credits from the University of Richmond after completing 3 semesters of study. During 2017-2018 7 cohort members received a certificate from UR and the fourth cohort began with 15 students.
Basic computer and digital literacy taught in Spanish. In the 2017-2018 school year 26 students received instruction.
10-week program to prepare for the Citizenship interview taught in low – intermediate English to study civic questions and practice for citizenship interview. In the 2017-2018 year 33 adults prepared for their citizenship exam.
Family Literacy - School Readiness and School Enrichment
Our family literacy offers the opportunity for parents to prepare for the GED exam, learn English, and/or literacy skills two days a week while their young children participate in a bilingual school readiness program ( Pasitosos Exitosos in the morning) or a bilingual school enrichment program (Kids of the Corazón in the evening). Parents also learn parenting skills and how to help their children succeed in school. 67 children were served in the 2017-2018 school year.
GED in Spanish
The Sacred Heart Center is one of the few organizations in the Richmond Metro area that offers preparation for the GED exam in Spanish. This program opens the door for participants to improve their earning capacity and/or pursue advanced studies. In the 2017-2018 program year 130 students received instruction. 11 students received their GED certificate and 6 more passed one or more subject exams
English as a Second Language
Our English as a Second Language program creates community and gives Spanish speakers and other immigrants the language skills that they need to integrate successfully into the Richmond region. 470 students received English language instruction in the 2017-2018 program year through our morning and evening ESL programs.
Elementary and secondary literacy education, using an innovative educational program in Spanish, which is offered through a partnership with the Mexican Consulate. In the 2017-2018 program year, 35 students participated in this program.
Classes for non-native speakers according to a conversational model with a community-focused approach. Multiple levels available. In the 2017-2018 program year 12 students received instruction.
*College and Career Bound - High school students meet with mentors to explore post-secondary options and develop a “strategic life plan.” In the 2017-2018 program year 31 Students met bi-monthly to prepare for academic and career success. *Cielito Lindo Summer Camp - Campers grades K-5 enjoy swimming, science, outdoor adventure, art and more in a 5-week camp. In the 2017-2018 program year 45 children participated. *Casa Lapiz Art Studio - Middle school students met weekly and explore different art mediums, including drawing, painting and sculpture. In the 2017-2018 program year 15 children participated. *ExcELL for English Language Learners - High school ELL students meet weekly and received academic and mental health support and participate in outdoor adventure, art and music programs. In the 2017-2018 program year 23 children participated.