FATHERS HEART MINISTRIES

Rating: 4.9 stars   108 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Religion, Economic Development

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  

The mission of Father's Heart is wonderfully expressed everyday but especially during their Saturday soup kitchen breakfasts and is so powerful to experience. The fact that they not only provide nutritious food and life-saving services to the people they help but also treat them with respect and dignity is inspirational. I look forward to volunteering with this organization again and know that they respect my time by ensuring the volunteer efforts are well organized and efficient.

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

Witnessing the expressions on the faces of the people they serve.

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

Not change anything - it is one of the best volunteer experiences I have ever had.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Well it was my first time ever volunteering for the homeless and I immediately thought that my experience would be too tough or dull and I was pleasantly surprised when I walked through the doors and the atmosphere was alive and energetic. I enjoyed my time at the Father's Heart and completely lost site that anyone was homeless because while being there it truly felt like I was in the father's heart. So 1000 thumbs up to this organization!

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

person

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

help with building repairs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Well organized, fast paced, energetic place--I loved working the line on the grill. I cooked eggs for three hours and it was incredibly rewarding! I'd love to go back!

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This place is organized and driven to help people.

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

fix the leaky roof!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to Father's heart few times and each time I'm there I can sense God's present. Everyone that is there came from different area and different back ground but all with one purpose. To devote there Saturday morning to do God's work and serve those who are less fortunate. First thought that came to mind was a church that is so old and is falling apart and they put God's children that are coming in first before theirs. It jerks my tears to know they are so dedicated to those they serve and makes me return to this place over and over again so I too can be part of this Father's heart ministries.

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

The present's of God when all of us is called to one place to serve those who are less fortunate.

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

Give a better place for the people coming in a more delighted atmosphere to dine in.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered at Father's Heart several times and have always had a great experience there. I've set and cleaned tables, welcomed people, served breakfast, directed traffic, and prayed for the guests coming in. It's given me a bigger picture of the homeless and needy living in NYC. A very memorable experience came while listening to the story of a partially blind woman eating breakfast there. She told how she had lost her sight, had fallen on the street and injured her back. I listened as she told of family members who died. To hear her sad stories, my heart was softened, and I prayed for her there, asking for healing, for her to know and to experience God who loves her tremendously, and about the hope of heaven. My friend and I walked her home and she thanked us. As we said our goodbyes, I found myself hugging her. All of the guests have their own stories and each of them have worth. They are being helped both physically and spiritually at Father's Heart. God has been using Father's Heart in amazing ways, and I hope that it continues for many generations.

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

giving me an opportunity to serve others, and in giving me a bigger picture of those living in NYC. My heart has grown to care for those in need.

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

use a bigger facility, so they can serve and help even more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Father's heart ministry is an awesome place. Everyone is very caring and loving and is willing to help someone in need in any way possible. They provide as much food as someone who is need wants and they continue to show love to the whole community week after week.

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

helping serve on saturdays.

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

Raise more money to help more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered here twice, once cleaning up tables, and once praying/talking with the people who would come for the meals. This is a great opportunity to serve those who are poor by giving them a meal to eat, as well as showing them that God and people care about them. Sometimes people want prayer, sometimes they just want someone to talk to, sometimes they just want a warm meal to fill them up. Both times I went the place was busy but in an organized way.

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

my own heart as I've developed a stronger compassion for those who are less fortunate.

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

help raise funds so they can restore their building for a better facility.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Father's Heart (FH) is a holistic ministry that addresses the needs of the socioeconomically disadvantaged by providing food, counseling, training and numerous other services to its guests. While the scope of its operations is quite ambitious, it's clear that FH is an invaluable source of hope and support for the community that it strives to serve.

I was fortunate to discover FH through Hope for New York (via Redeemer Presbyterian Church) when I moved to New York 6 months ago. I have begun serving/supervising regularly in its Hunger Prevention Program on Saturdays, which consists of a complimentary sit-down (all you can eat) breakfast and free bags of fresh groceries to guests in need.

It's shocking to see how many people that FH is serving on a regular basis. Generally about 500 guests come for breakfast and groceries, but I've seen as many as 750 (in a 2 hour span in one day). This alone speaks to FH's integral role in the community, and the love and respect that the guests receive when they come.

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

my involvement as a regular volunteer. Social impact aside, FH is an incredibly fun and rewarding volunteer experience. FH receives volunteers from a myriad of different churches, organizations and schools, so you're constantly meeting new people with a heart to serve. And because it is such a positive volunteer experience, you tend to see those people again.

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

increase funding. This goes without saying, but additional funds would allow FH to expand its ministry and impact by increasing its staff and programs. Further, and more pressing, it would allow FH to make necessary structural repairs to its building.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Father's Heart is a wonderful organization serving teens and the community. I was fortunate enough to tour and observe their services when visiting a friend in NYC.

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Many teens have been fortunate enough to serve in this program and learn and grow.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I come here very frequently and love to help here. The visitors always leave happy and all the workers are glad to help. This is great!

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