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February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

A great organization who provides a valuable service to the local community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

thousands of hungry people fed

Ways to make it better...

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

increase funding for Father's Heart to expand their mission

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Father's Heart is a wonderful ministry in the East Village that serves it's community wholeheartedly. It's been an honor to be a part of Father's Heart as a volunteer, supervisor and team leader representative for Hope for New York the past couple years. Father's Heart embraces and truly serves guests not only with meals but by putting on emphasis on restoring dignity. Each Saturday, 60 volunteers serve 700 guests an all-you-can-eat breakfast in an extremely organized manner that allows interaction with guests and working together. I highly recommend Father's Heart due to it's extensive programs including legal services and ESL as well as the large impact it has had in the community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

understanding more of my neighborhood and the inherently equal value of all humans

Ways to make it better...

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

expand and update facilities (currently the kitchen is a temporary set-up in a space meant to be a sanctuary)

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Father's Heart is a place where God's love is demonstrated through many individuals working together doing simple deeds. This is a valuable community organization which provide a safe place for those who are in need of food, community, rest, legal advice, access to social workers, ESL classes, and prayer. It addresses some of the guests' basic needs so they can focus on other areas in their lives that need attention.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community, servicing others

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't call this a change but an evolution. I would make volunteer sign-up available online so one could see how many volunteers are still needed for a certain date. Plus, I would make the website a little easier to read. There's a lot of information on there and it looks a bit cluttered.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I learned of Father's Heart through my daughter who is involved with many aspects of this organization. My family,who lives in Cincinnati, was lucky enough to volunteer at the soup kitchen on a Sat. when we were visiting NYC around Thanksgiving. What a special environment to work in. You can feel the love when you enter the doors and are greated and treated as if you are being welcomed into someone's home.

This very old building serves so many deserving individuals each week with many aspects of life. It would be a shame if because of the condition of the building (not lack of manpower or food) that this facility would have to close. Please consider a donation.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how people of all ethnic backgrounds are served and taught life skills through the knowledge of others who care about their future.

Ways to make it better...

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

Larger kitchen - air condition facility.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have been a Supervisor at The Father's Heart Ministry for 3.5 years now. This organization has literally changed my life - it has shown me what compassion looks like in a city of extremes. I have seen the founders and pastors brought to tears because their hearts are breaking for the guests they see. I have never seen such love given to people who are often overlooked. It has taught me that life is about more than just me - it's about taking what we have and using it to help those less fortunate. The Father's Heart offers a variety of programs to meet people where they are at. I volunteer almost every Saturday they are open for their Hunger Prevention Program and I look forward to it each week. It's become a second home to me.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the fact that the ministry offers an all-you-can eat hot meal, while also offering services such as free legal help, ESL and prayer. Each Saturday I personally greet each guest as they enter with the music playing in the background... they have a huge smile on their face, clapping to the music, so excited to be in a safe place there to help them in any way they can. I was told by one guest that the thing they most look forward to during the week is coming to Father's Heart.

Ways to make it better...

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

update the facility. The building is over 100 years old and is in need of many significant repairs. The main stairway is deteriorating and posts are coming loose. I work in the kitchen and the floor has much water damage and the ovens are old and often don't heat properly. It would be incredible to see how much more we could do with updated appliances - and how many more we could serve.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

Father's Heart Ministries is an amazing organization that does SO much for the community it serves. Through its various programs, the members of the neighborhood have come to rely on Father's Heart and many have come to turn their lives around. This organization is an inspiration and reminds me that even in the darkness, there is always light.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way i've been inspired to pursue a career with a non-profit organizaion

Ways to make it better...

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

no changes

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

Father's Heart is truly an anchor to the East Village community. Their approach to service, rooted in unconditional love and acceptance, is unique and its success is apparent in the faces of all those who walk through the door each week. Every time I serve at Father's Heart I leave with my hope restored. If you can get on the list, it's completely worth it to to go and see for yourself....even on a Saturday morning at 8:00 AM!!!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that its motivated enough to actually give up a bit of my time to help them raise the money they need. If you knew me this would speak for itself :-) I'm not usually the first to jump at opportunities to serve!

Ways to make it better...

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

Build a much larger and updated kitchen so that you could actually store some of the food rather than pack it all real-time...oh, and add air conditioning in the summer. It's SOOOO hot!!!!

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The only reason this doesn't get five stars is that I am still new to the ministry, and yet they've won four stars in my book easily.

I have got to know their leadership, which has decades of experience in the neighborhood they serve, and am convinced that not only do they deliver superior
services to people in need, but they do so cost-effectively.

Father's Heart is embarking on a campaign fund delivery of even more services than before to more people. And they're not raising money to put up new bricks and mortar or to add unnecessary functionalities. They are simply restoring what has been in place in their neighborhood for 140 years: a church building that has served generations of New Yorkers.

Because of their dedicated leadership, the volunteers they have recruited, and the planning for the future that they have undertaken, I have every confidence their work will continue to bear fruit for people in need.

Once I am around them for a few more months, I'm sure another star will appear on my review!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Understanding how services are delivered to residents in neighborhood. Been recipient of prayer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Hire more support staff; current staff is overworked and underpaid. Complete succession planning process. (Being done now.)

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