We Care About Children With Cancer
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.
We provide family-centered care that addresses the emotional, practical and financial struggles for families of children and teens during treatment, families experiencing anticipatory grief and those who are bereaved.
We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. We strive to inspire compassionate action within local communities to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family.
Every child going through cancer or another life-threatening condition needs a strong, empowered family able to fully participate in their care.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is in need of support, regardless of socioeconomic status or treatment outcome.
Every child’s life is precious and their dignity must remain intact throughout treatment.
The loss of a child is a unique and special sorrow, and families bereaved by the death of a child need on-going care and support without limits to time.
Our reason for existence is an unwavering dedication to providing support to parents and families.
Because of these beliefs, we make every attempt to tailor our services to each family’s unique needs.
Jacob’s Heart Programs and Services
Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and South Santa Clara Counties
Jacob’s Heart Programs and Services
Teens with cancer have unique needs, concerns and hopes. Our teen group creates peer-to-peer connections and fosters emotional wellbeing. Life skills training, cooking classes and fun outings creating life-long connections.
Heart on Wheels provides prepaid gas cards and door-to-door rides to treatment to UCSF and/or Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, in the safety and comfort of a caring Jacob’s Heart transportation specialist.
Jacob’s Heart alleviates some of the devastating financial concerns that come with childhood cancer, helping families with rent, utilities, phone, gas, and funeral expenses.
Full Hearts Groceries provide our families with bi-weekly food deliveries that include fresh organic produce, nutritious food staples, pre-paid grocery gift cards, and recipes utilizing the ingredients from the two volunteer-decorated bags. Superheroes Against Childhood Cancer (SACC), focusses on integrated nutrition and wellness for the entire family.
Art From The Heart is a quarterly art event for Jacob’s Heart families. This healing family gathering features multiple thematic art projects. healthy snacks, games, and lots of fun.
The death of a child is a unique and special sorrow. At Jacob’s Heart, families bereaved by the loss of a child are Forever Loved through comprehensive grief support, which includes practical assistance, individual and group counseling, peer mentoring, memorial quilts, and special gatherings. The Forever Loved Bereavement Retreat, a weekend in November, connects grieving families before the challenges of the holiday season.
Families heal through individual, family and group therapy, expressive arts for children, siblings, parents and grandparents. Counseling is offered by licensed clinical therapists, coaches, interns and other trained counselors.
The Case Management Program provides a complete assessment of family needs and assistance in locating resources to meet those needs. Jacob’s Heart is available before/after diagnosis, during treatment, and beyond, with the goal of continuing to maintain quality of life, no matter what a family’s circumstances.
Holiday Hearts provides joy in the form of personal gifts, financial assistance, holiday meals, and loving support from our generous community and the Jacob’s Heart team + volunteers
Whether it’s to celebrate finishing treatment, a blessed birthday, anniversary or another milestone, Jacob’s Heart is there with gifts, surprises, wishes, hugs and hope.
Jacob’s Heart’s Who’s Caring for the Children? initiative trains healthcare providers in the art and practice of pediatric palliative care, offering continuing education for physicians, nurses, social workers and other professionals.
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