Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.
We are a local, one-of-kind grassroots organization. Our support services extend to families with children under 18 diagnosed with cancer within the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara. Jacob’s Heart provides emotional, social and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families.
Our programs include:
- Case Management and Counseling
Case management services provided by social workers involve a complete assessment of family needs and assistance in locating resources to meet those needs. Counseling services include individual, family and bereavement counseling; support groups for children, siblings, teens, parents and bereaved families; and art therapy. The Heart on Wheels program brings these services directly to families’ homes and their communities.
- Direct Financial Assistance
The Financial Assistance program addresses the financial stressors associated with pediatric cancer. Direct financial assistance supports families dealing with long hospital stays and getting to and from distant hospitals with gas and/or grocery cards. Emergency financial assistance is available upon request to assist with household bills, groceries, medical prescriptions and funerals or memorials.
- Family Social Support Program
The social networking aspect of Jacob’s Heart offers families connections to other families dealing with similar challenges of pediatric cancer. The Family Social Support Program involves social, educational & recreational events as well as Art from the Heart, an expressive arts program. Also included for children is the delivery of unique handmade Kids Cards and special celebrations.
- Community Awareness & Education
Jacob’s Heart plays a critical role in raising awareness within its communities through its materials, media relations, and special events. By forming partnerships with schools, groups and organizations, Jacob’s Heart also provides information about the impact of pediatric cancer upon children and families.
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