Charities We Support

Through our parish tithe of 3%, Sacred Heart supports many charitable organizations. These include:

Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. We build communities, promote family life, and enhance human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs. Visit http://ccstcloud.org for more information.

The St. Cloud Salvation Army assists Central Minnesota residents with a wide range of basic needs services, including a midday meal program and an emergency overnight shelter. Aid is provided to anyone in need without discrimination. In addition, we operate a food shelf during the week, and our officers lead worship services every Sunday. Visit http://salvationarmynorth.org for more information.

Some of the gifts that Poor Clares nuns bring to the Church are gifts of prayer, simplicity, community and joy. Each Poor Clare community is autonomous. Not all Poor Clares dress alike, work alike or keep the same daily schedule. If you go from monastery to monastery you will feel the spirit of Joy and Communal gifting of each other - you will experience the warm bond of Joy, Simplicity and happiness of being a Franciscan. BUT you will always notice a difference and know you are in a different monastery. Poor Clares Monasteries are individual and unique as is each sister in them. Because there are no two alike.. and that is how the Holy Spirit works.Visit http://poorclare.org for more information.

Great River Area Faith in Action is a faith-based nonprofit organization that focuses on mobilizing volunteers, empowering our clients, and educating our communities and clients. Established in February 2003, over the years we have grown, adding professionals and programs that allow us to support family caregivers, coordinate volunteer services, bridge generations and assist families in crisis. Visit http://www.gra-fia.org/grafia for more information.

Centro Hispano The Church of St. Joseph in Waite Park provides many activities for the Hispanic population they serve. These activities include: Weekly Mass in Spanish on Sunday and Thursday; Quinceañera preparation and celebration; Choir, Adoration, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and some Religious Education sessions, all in Spanish; Youth Ministry; Guadalupe Festival; and Las Posadas, a 9-day novena preparing for Mary and Joseph finding room in parishioner’s homes (inn). Please call 252-5875 for more information.

The mission of Quiet Oaks Hospice House is to provide high quality, personalized care, comfort, and dignity to our residents and their families in the remaining days of their life together. Our residents and their families experience the genuine care and comforts of home—massages, quilts and homemade cookies are all essential elements of care. Quiet Oaks is a community resource, and we do all we can to ensure we are accessible to all. Our Gold Standard Care provides comfort, support and dignity – 24/7 – no exceptions. At Quiet Oaks, residents and their families feel valued, understood and loved. We honor and respect each person's right to live each moment of each day as fully as possible. Residents are in charge of their schedule and their care on their terms. Visit http://www.quietoakshospicehouse.org for more information.

Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing. The families who walk through Common Hope’s doors often live in one-room houses made of cornstalk and scrap metal, with little or no access to education, medical care, clean water, or jobs with livable wages. These families have the ability and desire to improve their lives if given the chance. We simply provide the opportunities and tools for them to do so. Visit http://www.commonhope.org for more information.

Anna Marie’s Alliance seeks to provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve systems change that reduces violence. The goal of Anna Marie's Alliance is to provide women and their children experiencing domestic abuse with a safe place to stay and resources to eliminate/escape domestic abuse. An additional goal of the organization is to create a community where violence is not tolerated and every home and community institution is a safe environment. This is done by encouraging all sectors of the community to commit to, adopt, and implement a healthy relationship model and norms of behavior so that a culture of healthy relationships can be created. Visit http://www.annamaries.org for more information.

Birthline is a non-profit organization serving women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy. They are treated with kindness, compassion and in a caring manner. They receive accurate information and honest, open answers regarding options. Birthline gladly serves all who need help, regardless of age, race, religion, income or beliefs. Visit http://www.birthline.org for more information.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, open to people from all walks of life, with a mission of eliminating poverty housing and making simple, decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. Since its inception, over 800,000 homes have been built or repaired in partnership with 4 million Partner Family members in almost 100 countries around the world. Visit http://www.cmhfh.org for more information.

KYES Radio provides quality Catholic Talk Radio programming for Central Minnesota and serves as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all those who listen. Visit http://kyesradio.com for more information.

At Second Harvest Heartland , solving the problem of hunger is our passion. As one of the largest and most efficient food banks in the United States, we leverage our unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact. Visit http://2harvest.org for more information.

Sharing and Caring Hands was founded in 1985 by Mary Jo Copeland as a safety-net organization to help those who could not obtain help from the welfare system. We exist as a vehicle for volunteers to commit their time and resources to make a difference in the lives of the people of the community. We are dedicated to the proposition that the community can make a difference in the lives of others through volunteerism, donation and commitment, and that this can be accomplished without creating an expensive bureaucracy that saps the resources necessary to carry out its vision and achieve its goals. Visit http://www.sharingandcaringhands.org for more information.

When a natural disaster strikes, an economy collapses, or conflict erupts, Mercy Corps is there. We respond immediately to meet urgent needs for food, water and shelter, and stay beyond the emergency to partner with communities for their long-term recovery. Visit http://www.mercycorps.org for more information.

Christian Appalachian Project is building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ’s love through service in Appalachia. Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has been committed to improving the lives of Appalachian residents since 1964. With the help of donors, volunteers, staff and the communities it serves, CAP has grown to touch the lives of more than 1 million people each year. Today, programs and services range from child development centers, elderly visitation, and respite services. Changing lives, teaching skills, improving the community – this is CAP. Visit http://christianapp.org for more information.

WACOSA is a non-profit organization, established in 1963. Initially started by parents seeking support for their children, WACOSA today serves over 575 adults with disabilities in Central MN. WACOSA’s main goal is to enrich lives and to find employment opportunities in order to give everyone the chance to live and work in their communities. While our main mission is vocational, we also offer many other services to adults with disabilities, such as art, physical fitness and gardening classes offered throughout the year. Our Seniors Program encourages our senior clients to participate in volunteering all around our community. When work is slow, our friendly professional staff work with different vocational or self-help based curriculum to encourage employment and a strong sense of self-esteem. Visit http://wacosa.org/thrift-works for more information.