Sacred Heart Community Service Helps Flood Victims in San Jose Thousands Lose Everything in Flooding

Sergio welcomes flood victims to register and receive financial assistance.
Sergio welcomes flood victims to register and receive financial assistance.
Volunteers assist flood victims with regristration and financial aid applications
Volunteers check in flood victims

Volunteers assist flood victims with registration and financial aid applications.

Lily answers questions for a client.

A client shows photos of the flood devastation.

A client shows photos of the flood devastation.

Volunteer enter information about flood victims
Volunteer enter information about flood victims
Terri assists a client with an application for financial assistance

A flood victim shares photos of the devastation.

A flood victim shares photos of the devastation.

A flood victim shares photos of the devastation.

A flood victim shares photos of the devastation.

Volunteers and staff register and help clients fill out forms to receive financial aid.

Many clients shared their stories and showed us photographs of the devastation caused by the flooding in San Jose. Many people also came in after their applications were processed to receive checks for $3000. However, many people lost all their possessions in the flooding and with the high cost of rent and inadequate flood insurance the $3000 will only be of modest help.

The most poignant moment during my brief time volunteering at Sacred Heart happened when a woman came back into the Flood Registration room and starting randomly hugging people in gratitude for the check and assistance we were providing her. She made her way to me and gave me the biggest hug as she sobbed in my arms. It is rare to feel such a flood of gratitude and emotion. It was a moment of grace.

I was greatly moved by what the volunteers and especially the staff of Sacred Heart were providing for people in desperate need. It was a privilege to work with the dedicated volunteers and staff of Sacred Heart who have been working evenings and weekends to provide much needed assistance to the most vulnerable of our community.

Credits:

Steve Herrera

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