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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.

Food Assistance Program

Volunteer Program

Sky Program

Global Assistance Program

Adopt-a-Family Program

Holiday Program

Blair Pietrini, Founder

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.

Food Assistance Program

Description

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.

Objective

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

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Our core program takes place two 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.

Volunteer Program

Description

This program provides volunteer opportunities for individuals that desire to give back to their community. Opportunities are available for:

Individuals age 14+ seeking to serve the community through our Food Distribution Program or any other small project available; students seeking learning service hours; court appointed community service hours.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Cecilia Aguilar at caguilar@gragtefulhearts.org or call 562.431.0880 EXT. 303

Objective

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

Sky Program

Description

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.

Objective

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

Description

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.

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Grateful Hearts has served and continues to serve communities in places such as Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Uganda, Myanmar, Mexico, and many more.