Heart of the Valley



Friendly Neighbors Helping Seniors Stay Independent


LIMITED services due to COVID-19, until further notice

Welcome to Heart of the Valley, SERVICES FOR SENIORS, INC.


We are a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization helping seniors 65 years or older in West Santa Clara Valley by offering services and programs which help them maintain their independence. We invite you to find out why we’re passionate about helping seniors in our community.

Looking for Help?

If you are a senior in need of some help or family member or friend looking to help a senior, start on our Services and Programs page.


If you are looking to donate to a worthy cause, we believe you’ve found one! Start with our Donate page.

Volunteer with Us​

If you are someone with a heart for helping seniors and are looking for an organization to join, start on our Volunteer page.

Hear About Our Services From Seniors We Help!

Hear how Heart of the Valley helps Saeko stay independent!

Meet Myrtle, an independent Heart of the Valley senior!


Heart of the Valley Covid-19 Protections and Protocols

Because we work with a vulnerable population we want to be proactive and protective of our seniors, volunteers and staff.

The CDC, WHO and the Santa Clara County Health Dept. all have shared that “It is up to healthy people to prevent the spread of Covid-19.” Community spread dynamic is highly contagious, unpredictable and much is still unknown about how it’s done. They do know that it is most dangerous to those over 50 and those with compromised immune systems.

Heart of the Valley has asked our volunteers and clients to not participate in our program if they become ill in anyway. 

Heart of the Valley is providing LIMITED services due to COVID-19, until further notice. Please note that due to COVID-19, Heart of the Valley’s office will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

We are currently offering four services to both seniors, 65 years or older in our service area or volunteers interested in helping them.  These services are either a Friendly Caller, Technology Help over the phone, No-contact Yard work, and No-contact Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) pickups.  If you are interested in one of these services, please call our office at (408) 241-1571 or email and leave your name, phone number, and a brief description of your need.

We hope you all stay well and that conditions will again allow us to safely resume operations in our office between 9am-1pm Monday-Friday.

Until then we thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time,

Sylvia Abboud, Executive Director

HOV Features

We're in the SJ Mercury News WishBook 2019!


Heart of the Valley is grateful to be included in the 2019 San Jose Mercury News WishBook. Donations big and small allow our organization, entering its 33rd year, to continue to help seniors 65 years and older live independently in West Santa Clara Valley. We were touched to receive $24,000 from the San Jose Mercury News readers in support of our program.  Our gratitude for their generosity! Check out the wonderful article featuring our organization!


What's Next from the HOV Board


Heart of the Valley, SERVICES FOR SENIORS, Inc. has six dynamic and diverse Board Members, who provide the vision and support to keep our operation functioning at its very best. This year they welcomed a new Executive Director, Sylvia Abboud, replacing our first Executive Director, Glenda Cresap, who retired after 31 years of dedicated service. If you would like to join our Board or would like to speak to a Member of our Board, please call (408)241-1571 or send an email to

Founder Ted Chamberlain on the beginnings of Heart of the Valley


Ted Chamberlain was one of the founders of Heart of the Valley. Hear the wonderful story of how Heart of the Valley got started — truly friendly neighbors trying to help seniors in our community. Thanks to them and our dedicated staff and volunteers, we are still going strong thirty-one years later!

From Our Senior Clients

The day I found Heart of the Valley, is the day that improved my situation forever! Thank you all for the caring services you provide.


Thank you so much for all the help you have given me and for all the wonderful work you do! You should be called, Heroes of the Valley.


You’ve got “heart” above all else. I called everyone, no one would help. Then I reached your number and a voice of an angel answered and said Heart of the Valley would send someone over. Did I ever get lucky!


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