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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

FHM is a place where guests are welcomed with open arms. Many guests have shared that they keep coming because here they are treated with dignity and fairness. The staff at FHM is a loving and caring community. They are persistent advocates and have consistently ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of their guests.

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The guests know the staff at FHM and are familiar with the regular volunteers. They arrive with smiles on their faces. Many have expressed that they treasure the friendships they have with the staff at FHM.

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The condition of their physical space is in need of much repair. I know that FHM is in the process of raising funds to rehabilitate the space.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I served for the first time this Saturday at the soup kitchen and food pantry. It was a fabulous experience, FHM has a tremendous process down pat. It was an honor to serve the guests their breakfasts and lift them up to the Lord. I hope they experienced some short relief from their current unfortunate circumstances and realized their precious worth to our God.

The Great!

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

conjunction with a ministry called NYSUM.

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

Infuse more money to be able to serve more people in need. However, my ultimate prayer would be that some day this program would not be required because all of these guests would be able to move on to a better life for themselves.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I was struggling to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning and then I showed up at The Father's Heart. Serving breakfast to the homeless was a very humbling yet super, fun experience. I volunteered with 8 others from my church and was placed on the clean-up crew. It was overwhelming to see so many homeless and needy people but was grateful for the opportunity to help meet their needs of a warm meal. I was challenged by The Father's Heart to share the never ending love of God with the guests that morning. This is a great ministry!

The Great!

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understanding the great needs of my community and how I can help.

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no comment.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have been volunteering on and off since last October, and I recently became a regular volunteer. I just love how much love and care each staff member at Father's Heart Ministries shows to the guests we serve. Father's Heart Ministries deserves all the funding it can receive.

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Whenever I see familiar faces, I notice how happy and thankful each guest is to be able to come to a place on Saturdays and eat to their full satisfaction.

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I would want to buy them a new building with awesome cooking facilities and various rooms dedicated for the extra services they provide.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Father's Heart is all about welcoming people home, and that is what the guests feel when they come in. They are welcomed with love. I have volunteered several occasions with other students from NYU medical school, and it is such a gift to us to be apart of what is going on in that sacred place!

The Great!

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seeing guests from community find warmth, love, and good good

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n/a

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have volunteered monthly for more than 6+ years. My most recent experience was yesterday. Each person who enters the church is greeted as a welcomed guest, not a client. What continues to amaze me is the powerful faith of the pastors for God to provide so that they may continue to feed those who are hungry! Unfortunately, the numbers of people who are hungry in NYC keeps growing. A young volunteer asked me, "How are they able to feed each person?" I simply answered, "By God's grace." Anyone who thinks they are simply coming to volunteer will walk away feeling different about feeding those less fortunate than ourselves.

The Great!

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volunteering on Saturdays and infrequently at KidZone on Tuesday evenings.

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

do nothing.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I volunteered here about 2 months and I can honestly say it was a great experience! It felt good to see all the kids having fun at this church. Every game imaginable was provided and the food was really good and healthy. I played around with the kids for such a long time and completely forgot I had to go back and study. Altogether, it was fun both for me and for the kids.

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Watching the happy faces of the kids as they left.

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

Remodel the church.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have volunteered three times at Father's heart: first as a volunteer in the kitchen (scrambling eggs), second during the family night, and last in a health screening during one of the dinners.

Any situation with hundreds of people being fed and 50 volunteers is going to feel a little
chaotic, but I was very impressed that Father's Heart was extremely well-organized and thought out. I really appreciated their volunteer orientation talk where they reminded us to treat everyone as guests and with respect. I like that they are very careful of hygiene and sanitation with everyone wearing gloves, hairnets, and color-coded aprons by task! It was very efficient - we started on time and ended on time, and I really appreciated that respect for the volunteers' time.

They also have a fantastic ice cream parlor during the summer that employs local teens. Not only is the ice cream fantastic and CHEAP, but you are supporting a good cause!

The Great!

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feeling great that we'd done a good job hosting so many people! The health screening was fantastic too.

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don't have anything to complain about!

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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?

Some

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?

2011

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

This organization's ministry is great! The event is well organized and welcoming to both its volunteers and it's guests. The kitchen does an amazing job and the church leaders really support the guests here. God's presence at this event is felt EVERY week! I feel blessed to be able to serve such an amazing ministry.

The Great!

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volunteering

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

Serve for longer. It seems that one hour is not enough for this community.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I volunteered at what appeared to be a very typical Saturday morning breakfast. At first, I wondered why in the world so many volunteers were needed to simply serve breakfast, but when the guests started pouring in, I realized this is no "simple" breakfast. Remarkably, we served approximately 700 people in about an hour and a half. During volunteer training, there was much emphasis on making the guests feel like GUESTS (not people in need of a hand-out). We worked hard to create a festive, warm environment for the guests. All kinds of people were served with the same dignity -- definitely a cross-section of New Yorkers (young people stumbling out of the local crack house after a hard night of drugs; elderly people from nearby Chinatown with children in tow; some who were clearly homeless; others whose background couldn't be readily assessed). I frequently remember and marvel at my experience at the Father's Heart. TRUE ministry is done there on Saturday mornings.

The Great!

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I watched 700 people leave the Father's Heart facility on a Saturday morning with a full stomach. They were fed as much as they wanted, treated with dignity, and their presence at the Father's Heart was welcomed with celebration.

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

Provide a larger facility to accommodate and serve even more people. This ministry can certainly stand to be replicated throughout NYC.

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