SOPHIAS HEART FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Human Services

Location: 1034 W. Eastland Ave Nashville TN 37206 USA

Mission: We exist to help mend and heal the hearts of children and families who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken homes and broken dreams.
Target demographics: homeless children and families in Nashville, TN central city children in Milwaukee for an after-school Music & Arts Program
Geographic areas served: Nashville, TN Milwaukee, WI
Programs: Transitional housing for homeless children & families, after school music & arts programs.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was very heartwarming volunteering for the 1st Gala. When I seen Danny ,how personable he was with all the people. I just melted and got goose bumps hearing the story of the kids ,then listening to the kids sing and perform . What talent they all had I was very impressed and would volunteer again. Linda from the Ladies of Harley. Milwaukee Chapter

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with this group in the Milwaukee area for over a year. This organization is fantastic, the people are great to work with, and I look forward to our continued efforts in the future.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting Sophia's Heart since 2009 and am very appreciative of the work they do. I recently attended a performance of the Milwaukee Sophia's Heart Choir and Dance team and was very impressed with the growth, talent, and enthusiasm of these young people. From their humble beginnings just a few short years ago until now, the dedication and joy can be seen in not only the kids who benefit from the program but the dedicated volunteers who mentor and develop these students into mature and responsible future adults. In addition to the music and arts program I am happy to contribute to very deserving scholarship winners and to the SH mission to help homeless families in Nashville. This is truly a worthy organization.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a huge fan and supporter of Sophia's Heart. I believe in the organization and I am amazed at what has been accomplished in such a short time since it's inception. I have been a volunteer for over a year now and have seen the difference the programs are making in the lives of young people in the music and arts programs, as well as families who have been given a 2nd chance to get back on their feet and re-engage in life. Seeing the positive impact Sophia's Heart is making on the lives it touches makes me all the more passionate about furthering the goals of the organization in whatever ways I can! If you are looking for an opportunity to be a part of something that changes people's lives at a foundational level, please consider supporting Sophia's Heart!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's hard for me to believe it has been nearly four years since I began volunteering for this life changing organization! Not only does it change the life of the many people who receive help, in one of the several amazing opportunities Sophia's Heart provides, but it has changed my life as well! I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a volunteer for this foundation! I have met many great people, whether they be a fellow volunteer, one of the many generous donators, or someone benefiting from the foundation. It is my personal goal to go to Nashville and help at SH of Compassion. I feel that my volunteer efforts can never be enough. There are so many people in need, and we are definitely helping them "one heart at a time". May God bless everyone involved in the organization in whichever capacity they are in; from volunteer to recipient! And, of course, may God bless Daniel J. Gokey for starting this foundation during the most difficult time of his life! I must also acknowledge and thank his wife, Leyicet, for all she has done and continues to do for Sophia's Heart. It is great working with such amazing and inspirational people! And I can not wait for next years Gala! I know it will be a huge success! Thank you to all our leaders for all your hard work and efforts. I know the families and children effected by SH are eternally grateful for everything!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been happy to support Sophia's Heart for the last 3 years and will continue to do so. I know my dollars are being put to good use, for example the music and arts programs in both Milwaukee and Nashville, college scholarships for deserving students, several programs for the homeless and others in need. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I've watched Sophia's Heart grow from a very small start to now serving children learn through music & arts in two cities, granting several scholarships to very impressive students seeking higher education. and establishing needed programs to serve the homeless and others in need. I've been fortunate to meet several of the volunteers and staff, almost all unpaid, who have made this happen out of their commitment to their local communities and the programs they have been building together. Because Sophia's Heart is a relatively new non-profit, it's easy to see that donations truly make a difference in its ability to meet its goals.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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One heart touching many. I love that tagline for this great non-profit. Sophia's Heart has touched so many lives the last few years and continues to grow in numerous ways, recently expanding its programs to include help for those in human trafficking. This program has joined other offerings that include awarding scholarships to kids who have overcome a severe obstacle, keeping homeless families together for temporary housing instead of splitting them up which is the norm, plus giving them necessary lifeskills training, providing a relief center during Nashville's flood a few years ago, and providing music and arts programs for youth who need to reestablish themselves in a positive way in their community and allow dreams to evolve. I have been a volunteer for this organization for over 3 years, serving in both Wisconsin and in Nashville. It has been so rewarding for me personally to see kids who are hurting due to a multitude of issues and lack of reason to dream that their lives can get better, rise above the difficulties. Many of the kids talk about how participating in Sophia's Heart programs has made them a better son or daughter, better friend and a more happy person. This revitalization in turn can help the whole family unit become better adjusted and look to a brighter future. Danny Gokey, Sophia's Heart's founder, had the vision to give hurting families a reason to keep their dreams intact and in turn, has turned lives around for many people who needed to see that their dreams are not gone...they just needed the tools to see them again. He has asked others, including his volunteers, to step up and help him bring his vision into reality, carefully thinking through necessary steps and goals so dignity is kept intact for those hurting while pertinent skills are taught to make a permanent change in the families' conditions for future growth. He also makes it known he is able to relate to hardship and shattered dreams that the kids and families experience since he also experienced this when he lost his wife Sophia due to an unexpected medical tragedy. He shows by his real life example that keeping the faith and accepting help when it is needed most can rebuild a life. I am very proud to support this organization that keeps evolving to meet the needs of others in a multitude of ways and shows genuine concern and compassion for others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The honor of serving as a volunteer for Sophia's Heart Foundation has been mine for the past (nearly) four years. The mission and vision of SHF initially touched my heart, and I knew I wanted to be involved. I had no way of knowing how very much being a volunteer would FILL my heart. The life-changing events and moments of which I have been a part have been life changing for me! Two years ago, we gave away bicycles to underprivileged children for Christmas - as a surprise! We've donated turkey meals to families for Thanksgiving. We have raised money to fund music and arts programs for adolescents who would otherwise never have such an opportunity. What an honor to watch these kids grow and develop into talented performers! We've taken cruises to raise money for SHF - so much fun and so beneficial! This organization means so much to me that I actually had a dream about SHF opening a facility for displaced families. Six months later, God delivered a building for us in Nashville - now known as Sophia's Heart of Compassion! AMAZING! Recently, we held our first annual Gala in Milwaukee, WI. I was moved to tears by the generosity of attendees, donors and volunteers. SHF has amazing leadership, generous donors, and dedicated volunteers. And, we have the support of the Good Lord above. We truly are changing the lives and mending the hearts of broken families and children with broken dreams. When Daniel J. Gokey began this foundation, he said he wanted it to become a movement. I believe it truly has. I am honored to serve, and I look forward to see how we'll continue to change the world ... one child, one family at a time. It's only LOVE!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been involved in the Sophia's Heart Scholarship program by reviewing, ranking and selecting recipients for the scholarship awards for deserving students. The scholarships are targeted at kids that have overcome significant personal challenges, earned good grades and chosen to give back to their community. Wonderful kids and the scholarships have helped them financially and provided encouragement/recognition of their achievements! I have also volunteered in regards to the Music and Arts programs and the Homeless facility in Nashville. SHF is helping kids and their parents.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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