FATHERS HEART MINISTRIES

Rating: 4.9 stars   108 reviews

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Location: 545 East 11th Street New York NY 10009 USA

Mission: Through programs, practical training and classroom instruction we address the critical needs of the elderly, working poor, unemployed, at risk youth, immigrants & those without social or family support. Programs: hunger prevention, food stamps access, gang prevention, ESL classes and a job training program for teens. We are committed to empowering individuals and families to becoming self-sufficient.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an amazing experience serving at Father's Heart while on vacation visiting my daughter in NYC. Coming into contact and serving such a wide variety of people (both volunteers and guests) touched my heart in a profound way. I recommend getting involved with this organization whole-heartedly.

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My morning spent at Father's Heart inspired me to sign up for my first outreach missions trip with my church this March.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past few years I have observed Father's Heart ministry orchestrate outreaches with such a mixture diverse individuals, groups and churches. They coordinate them in a way that creates a family atmosphere where every person is included and welcomed.
The opportunity it provides youth groups to serve others enriches and challenges every person involved. Few churches can do enough to help the growing hunger problem and they allow small or large denominations a place to join hands to work together. What a legacy of service, caring and discipleship they are giving to the city of New York!

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Sharing the work with other organizations in my home town that needs a role model to follow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to enlarge the scope of their outreaches.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Weather you're serving a hot plate or giving bags of food, the love and care at FHM is genuine. They're Organized and efficient. My children have been inspired by their passion. I was amazed to see how many people can be fed in one morning, and that was when we fed 300. Now they're feeding 700. They are truly Amazing. I think that the people come more to receive the warmth and love they feel rather than the food.

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I've watched peoples lives transform. One lady in particular was mean and vulgar in language changed and went from being served to being a volunteer.

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I wouldn't change a thing. God changes when he needs to. And they listen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff of FHM is dynamically compassionate and competent. They are really cutting edge in terms of how to run an urban soup kitchen.

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With how aggresively they use metrics to taylor service delivery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their facilities so they can expand their reach

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, I witnessed great administrative execution of their weekend food pantry; they fed many homeless and the socio-economic marginalized. They spread hope and good cheer and provided other helpful services. They were also able to recruit many volunteers in the New York Tri-state area.

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realizing how we need to lend a helping hand to those who have not and to recruit those who have received opportunities to give back to the community!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps obtain and give out food that certain ethnic cultures they serve would find more useful such as noodles, rice, etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked at The Father's Heart for a year as an AmeriCorps member. Prior to this I had administrative internships in nonprofit organizations and had done some sporadic volunteer work, but nothing I've done compares to the feeling of directly impacting a community in need and I couldn't have asked for a better assignment. I had always taken for granted having enough food and not thinking about where I was getting my next meal, but my experience here showed me that food insecurity is an enormous problem in NYC, and specifically in an increasingly gentrified area like the East Village.
Many of the volunteers tell me they come away with this same message of appreciation and gratitude. The group of regular volunteers, many who have been coming for years and years, speaks to the caliber of programs Father's Heart provides to combat hunger and poverty. Legal services, food stamps prescreening, and ESL classes are all offered during the Saturday breakfast. KidZone was a great time to get to know some of the families and children in the community and it was obvious they look forward to this every week.
The leadership at Father's Heart is what makes it special. The pastors are so dedicated to the organization's mission and I felt welcomed immediately. Each area (food pantry, kitchen, managing lines outside, prayer team) is staffed by volunteer supervisors. When I first came to FH they were very eager to share their knowledge with others and I was able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of everything offered at Father's Heart.

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When I first started my AmeriCorps year in October 2009, a typical breakfast served maybe 500 people per week. I remember this number went up to 600 after the Thanksgiving breakfast and then climbed to over 700 by the following year. Being able to keep the same style of all-you-can-eat meals is impressive during this time of increased demand and financial constraints.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for an organization that leads groups around the world and my favorite place to serve is at The Father's Heart Ministry. We have been bringing teams to serve with this ministry for the past 8 years and I personally make sure that we serve at least one day during our week long stay in NYC. The groups love helping out with the breakfast on Saturdays and playing with the kids in KidZone. Hearing Pastor Vedral tell the story of how The Father's Heart was started is always inspiring. I love this ministry and the family that keeps it running.

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serving in multiple areas within the ministry and bringing other to serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding to meet all the needs of the ministry.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Fathers Heart by working in the kitchen preparing food. Upon arrival I was greeted and instructed on how to complete the assigned task. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to help Fathers Heart complete their mission. This is a well run organization that provides a valuable and needed service to the homeless in NYC. Keep up the good work.

Bob

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By volunteering at Fathers Heart I was able to experience first hand all of the good they do for the homeless.

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I made a donation to their capital campaign to remodel the facility.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This ministry is phenomenal from top to bottom. The quality of the product they deliver is superb. Their organization is incredible. Everything seems to run like a very well oiled machine. As a volunteer, I barely felt as if I was working!! The time when by quickly, the people I met and interacted with were great, At no point did I think of anyway they could improve! The people that were ministered to were treated very respectfully, with honor and Love. Each was treated as if they were a very special guest dining at a fine restaurant.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Father's Heart is such an awesome ministry. When I first volunteered there, I almost felt like God was calling me to reach out to the sweet old folks who are in need of His love and kindness. This ministry had truly made me understood what God's purpose is for my life. And the best was that I was able to use my ability to speak a 2nd language to spread the gospel to others! What a blessing that is! I highly, highly recommend this ministry to anyone who has a heart for others and to those who are ready to share the good news - news that despite of all our struggles, our Father in heaven truly loves us unconditionally. God bless you!

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Extremely fullfilling. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity to serve others and to pray with those in need.

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