Sponsor a Child & Keep the Dream Alive

This year we need to raise over 1 million dollars. We need 3350 Sponsors.

It is not easy to grow up in Camden, one of the poorest cities in our nation. Since the closing of the New York Shipyard in 1967 and the flight of thousands of city residents to the suburbs, Camden has been battered, abused and largely forgotten, even by its very close neighboring communities.

Yet, while thousands left, many stayed, determined to make their lives in this city that was their home and, in many cases, home to their parents and grandparents as well. But for many, it was terribly difficult. Businesses closed, jobs became scarce and families were fractured under the weight of the hardship. Parents struggled to provide for and protect their children.

The parents of Camden’s children have the same dreams as parents everywhere – that their children will be healthy, happy and safe; that they will have the opportunity to get an education in a nurturing environment, and that a bright future awaits them. And the children dream, too – of friends and fun, school, college, a career, a family. Just like children everywhere around the country.

At Sacred Heart School we work hard to keep our children safe. We encourage and foster our students’ dreams. Thirty years ago when Catholic schools in Camden were closing one by one, Father Michael was determined to keep Sacred Heart School open for the neighborhood children of Camden, regardless of race, color or religion. Most of Sacred Heart’s children are not Catholic.

And so, our Sponsorship Program was born. Father Michael started writing his monthly letters where he told people about our school and our children; about Camden and its desperate problems. He asked people to help by sponsoring a child for $300 a year. At first the letters went to a few hundred people. Now each month over 3,000 people receive the letters, and from these a huge number become Sponsors. For these thirty years Sacred Heart Church has kept the Sponsorship Program alive through Father Michael’s letters and an enormous amount of volunteer time by Sacred Heart parishioners who embrace the mission to keep our school open.

The cost for sponsoring a child has never increased in thirty years. We continue trying to involve more and more people. All our families pay tuition. The Sponsorship Program allows us to keep our tuition low and affordable for our families. Without the Sponsorship Program the red doors of our school could not open each September. This year we need to raise over 1 million dollars beyond what our parents pay in tuition to keep our school open for the children of Camden.. We need 3350 Sponsors. Thirty years ago Father Michael knew in his heart that if he reached out and asked people to help, they would. He was right.

We ask you to become a Sponsor. Widen the circle. Keep our school open. The importance of your gift is beyond measure. How can one determine the value of a child’s dream?

Become A Sponsor

You can become a Sponsor for less than 82 cents a day, just $300 a year.

As a Sponsor you will be sent a card with a photo and a short biography of the student you are sponsoring. Your refrigerator door will become a billboard in America for our dear children. You will be invited to visit us during Sponsor’s Week in May, when you will have the opportunity to have lunch with your student and attend a musical celebration performed as a “thank you” for the generosity of our Sponsors.

You can become a Sponsor with:

A single contribution of $300

Or three contributions of $100

Or six contributions of $50

Or twelve $25 contributions

To become a Sponsor click the donate button below and write “School Sponsorship” in the Special Instructions box on the PayPal website. 

To make a General Donation to the school click the donate button below and write “School” in the Special Instructions box on the PayPal website.

To make a make a donation to the Montessori Preschool click the donate button below and write “Montessori” in the Special Instructions box on the PayPal website.

If you would like to write a check instead you can send it, along with your address, to:

Sacred Heart Church
4th and Jasper Streets
Camden, NJ 08104  

Please write in the memo line either “School Sponsorship“,”School“, or “Montessori” based on the type of donation you would like to be making.