I have volunteered with the Hearts of Fire Project in Ojai. I have read the comments by the homeless on their art work and have seen how it helps with self-esteem. It is truly a project that is worth continuing.
In my opinion, This project has great potential to become a forefront on changing the way folks in poverty are viewed in this nation. Many talented people can benefit from the need that many people have TO HELP those in need. Unlike many organizations that accept donations and randomly pass them out( or perhaps pocketing?) , The HEARTS OF FIRE PROJECT deals with people on a personal level, individually meeting needs and encouraging artistic abilities and alternative lifestyle choices. WAY TO go, Bob and Co!
The Hearts of Fire Project is true gift of love and compassion. I am so happy this project exists. It is about time, authenticity, commitment and compassion provide positive outcomes to homeless artists. Mr. Ballard orchestrates the effort beautifully, and has genuine compassion towards people who are living lifestyles different. I have learned alot about the value, intelligence and artistic quality of people who live unique lifestyles. Hearts of Fire Project heals the wound of indifference, apathy, and hopelessness by providing artistic support in various life affirming venues. In all, this project is worthy, loving, and uniquely oriented towards all this good and loving.
I have loved volunteering with the Hearts of Fire project! Bob really is a heart afire with what matters to him and what makes a difference in the lives of others - not just people without homes but for all of us dealing with what it means to be human and grappling with the material plane! The artistic expression he affords those with so little resources is an invaluable contribution to them that then contributes back to all who get to see the amazing forms they create! Well worthwhile - they are alos extremely conscientious and have impeccable integrity about the organization!
We at Harmony4Kidz support Hearts of Fire 100% they provide a really valuable service to the community. love the RV initiative. I met Bob Ballard last May at the Conference for Global Transformation. He really cares about the cause and Hearts of Fire is helping many homeless folks realize that they are not hopeless. Way to go!!!
I've had the amazing opportunity to work with the Hearts of Fire Project in San Diego and Los Angeles as a facilitator of the visual arts workshops and ateliers. I witnessed the transformation of homeless men, women and children as they shared their art, poetry and music. The work that Bob and Gail are doing is crucial to our understanding and support of this marginalized segment of our society and to our collective humanity.
The Hearts of Fire movement, started by Bob and Gail, has so enlightened the community and the nation to the creative part in all of us, is a way for people to express themselves, for those who do not recognize their own talent and their individual contribution. It is a gift for the world to embrace and to pass along to others. I work in the field of supporting people with development disabilities.Again,I feel the same need to let others know we are all different in our capabilities, and yet the same in our need to be a part of the whole, and contributing to that whole. Hearts of Fire is educating the rest of us who might think we are more than someone else.
The Hearts of Fire Project is awesome! I love the art I purchased & I was very impressed with the staff & booth at the "One of a Kind Christmas Show" 2009
Bob Ballard is a dreamer - but somehow he turns his dreams into reality and the people on the receiving end treasure him for it. He really believes in what he's doing and he's managed to change lives in the process - not just those in need but others who have joined in to help him find housing for those in need. Keep wearing those rose-colored glasses, Bob, 'cause they are definitely working!
I know Bob Ballard personally--I have attended his exhibits...the drawings he collected from the homeless shelters are beautiful, and thought provoking. I know Bob is inspired to do this work of bringing attention to homeless individuals as simply people who happen to be homeless--not to be relegated to a blanket category or a certain type of person. Now more and more families and individuals are becoming homeless --we ALL need to address this issue--and Bob is right in their helping!