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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support

Mission: Harboring Hearts is a 501 (c)(3) public charity dedicated to providing housing assistance and other vital support for critically ill heart patients and families.

Results: For those we serve, lack of access to affordable housing and other essentials makes it even more difficult to face the challenges associated with undergoing a lifesaving cardiac procedure. The families we help are experiencing serious financial hardship and may be on the verge of bankruptcy or loss of housing due to the expenses associated with medical care. Many face difficult decisions about how to cover expenses for basic needs such as food, transportation, childcare and medication co-payments.

Programs: To assist members of the general public affected by heart disease.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ron L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Michelle and her team in the summer of 2013 at the Center for Social Innovation. Since then I have worked with them and seen them in action on numerous occasions and even though I work with NPO's all the time I find it hard to quantify the level of dedication and passion that Michelle and the Harboring Hearts team has. Their drive and tenacity is infectious. They are often the first people in our coworking space and the last to leave; leaving no stone unturned when on the search for resources for the population that they serve. When Michelle speaks about her clients and her mission there is no mistaking the passion in her voice its obvious that she lives vicariously through the people she helps.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts provides emotional and financial support to heart patients and their families during the critical time of treatment. It is a much-needed and necessary organization that fills a real void in the medical and heart disease community. While there are many organizations that help patients directly, Harboring Hearts is unique in the fact that it focuses on the needs of the patient's caretakers and family as well. This is so important, as a patient's recovery and treatment is very much affected by their caretaker(s) and family situation.

Harboring Hearts provides numerous different services including but not limited to; providing short term housing for patients and their families, who have to travel afar for treatment, helping with the cost of transportation to and from the hospital, childcare for those patients who are single parents or have a spouse that works full time etc., the cost of medication and tests for the patient, and the alleviation of other financial burdens that are caused by large medical bills like rent and grocery payment.

I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the positive affect Harboring Hearts has on the patients and families they help. All of the patients and families I have spoken with unanimously agree that Harboring Hearts made an already tragic and hard experience live-able, and expressed the sentiment that they do not know what they would have done without Harboring Hearts' support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts is a terrific organization to volunteer for. It is a joy to brighten the faces of patients during their community events and it's clear HH is making a difference in the lives of patients.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts is a great organization bringing much-needed resources to those receiving heart treatment in NYC.

I fully support this organization and the great work they are doing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts fulfills life-saving needs that many deserving families and individuals have longed for. Many people are now getting the help that they would not have had otherwise and are saved from even more heartbreak. Harboring Hearts does great work and I have no doubt that they will only get bigger and better!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fully support the work being done by Harboring Hearts. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts is a much needed organization for those experiences financial stress during the time of heart treatment. Team Harboring Hearts goes above and beyond in uplifting families when they need it most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts is an inspiring organization that does wonders for the heart patient community in NYC. They bring smiles to so many faces at their hospital community events, and their emergency fund services are crucial to families undergoing the burdens of heart disease. Harboring Hearts brings families together during the time of need--which is essential for healing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts' tireless attitude towards helping some of the most vulnerable members of society that are often forgotten about – heart disease patients – is something I will carry with me forever. The organization’s mission to relieve some of the financial burdens that come with having a serious illness is both noble and all too necessary. With an amazing team, and even more amazing patients, I can truly say that Harboring Hearts is a community like no other.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with, and working to forward the mission of, Harboring Hearts has been one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences in my efforts to remaining involved and present with society. The particular issues confronted by the patients and families who seek help from HH are challenging to confront, but the team and leadership at HH remains patient and welcoming of the process and learnings every volunteer must face.

Further, seeing the faces of other people and organizations from the community, hospitals, and treatment centers puts an identity to an issue--a disease--often invisible in daily life. There is no other organization with which I have been empowered and welcomed to contribute, and likewise learned from the dynamic, impressive perspectives each and every officer, volunteer, supporter, and recipient share with the organization.

An A-plus group of people with big hearts, focused vision, and strong will to bring change and betterment to society.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harboring Hearts Housing is one of the most integrated, comprehensive, and truly loving charities I have come across. Not only does HH bring together so many different people under a form of shared experience and solace, but it nurtures a mission of educating the patients and families about prevention, coping, recovery, and the very process-of-treatment. The families and patients whom I have had the opportunity to meet are just exceptional examples of courage, strength, and support. The organization's day-to-day is driven by a staff of committed individuals that are accessible, focused, and compassionate. I am proud to say that co-founder Michelle Javian is an old friend, but even more proud when I am able to volunteer and extend whatever I can for her, co-founder Yuki Kotani, the large team of supporters, the hospitals, volunteers, and board members that keep this vision on a path of growth and evolution.