MISSION

Our Mission is to provide hope for the hurting by serving those in need locally and abroad.  We accomplish this through the provision of food, clothing, hygiene products, furniture, appliances, and other basic necessities, free of charge to the jobless, the working poor, the disabled, the elderly and those experiencing times of crisis.

HISTORY

Grateful Hearts was established as a community resource center by Blair Pietrini in December 1998 and was incorporated in 2000.  While working in an accounting department of her local church for seven years, Blair continuously received many calls from people seeking assistance.  She would hear stories of single mothers who could not provide food or other basic necessities for their children. Blair did not know of any program in place to help the many individuals that called for assistance; compelled by people’s situations and with a desire to help them, Blair began to search for ways to help.  Grateful Hearts first started through Blair’s desire to help the community by hosting a canned food drive and it now serves up to 1,800 individuals per month through its Food Distribution Program.

Programs

Food

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Clothes

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Furniture

couch

Hygiene

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM

Our core program takes place four times a week.

Through this program, we serve vulnerable and marginalized populations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  We provide other basic necessities such as clothing, hygiene products, furniture, appliances, etc.

 

Program Goal: It is our goal to ensure that people in our community and surrounding cities, who are in immediate need, are not food deprived.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Through this program, we provide volunteer opportunities for individuals that desire to give back to their community. Opportunities are available for:

  • Individuals age 17+ seeking to serve the community

  • Students seeking learning service hours.

  • Court appointed community service hours.

 

Program Goal: It is our goal to provide an environment that promotes service & teamwork and enables people to give back to the community with a grateful heart.

SKY PROGRAM

Through this program, we provide a safe and positive learning environment for individuals with disabilities. Students and adults with disabilities come and learn life, work, and social skills. As part of this program, we are an approved work-site for individuals enrolled in employment coaching programs.

 

Program Goal: It is our goal to support the efforts that ensure that individuals with disabilities are fully included and can actively participate in all aspects of society.

GLOBAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

In addition to addressing the needs in the United States, Grateful Hearts is a strong supporter of world missions. Through this program, we support organizations with missions abroad by sending donated goods such as medical supplies, tents, inflatable beds, emergency supplies, furniture, walkers, clothing, shoes, and other items to communities living in extreme poverty or in need of disaster relief. Grateful Hearts has served and continues to serve communities in places such as Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Uganda, Myanmar, Mexico, and many more.

SEASONAL PROGRAMS

Adopt a Family

Through this program, we provide Christmas presents for many families in our community that cannot afford to provide their children Christmas presents. With the help of businesses, hospitals, churches and our local community, we are able to provide children with brand new toys, clothing, shoes and more.

 

 

Holiday Food

Through this program we provide families with holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. With the help of community members and partnering organizations we provide meals of turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, casseroles and more!

MEET OUR TEAM

PROGRAMS & SERVICE DELIVERY

LIZBEH GARCIA

Storehouse Coordinator

 

JEFF PEREA

Acquisitions Manager

 

JEFFREY PEREA

Storehouse Driver

ADMINISTRATION

BLAIR PIETRINI

Director

AMY OVANDO

Operations Manager

GRATEFUL HEARTS COLLECTIVE

 

ANNA CLEARY

Store Manager