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  

Volunteered for the first time today. It was a great experience and it was wonderful to see all that they do for the city. I will definitely do it again!
Thanks

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

New York

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

Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Father's Heart through Forefront Church about a year ago, and have been truly impressed by the work they do- the efficiency, professionalism, respect, and love they show everyone is awesome. I am proud to contribute in any small way that I can.

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I was happy to see that they have started to gather survey data on attendees of the soup kitchen in order to track their progress and help serve them better. The ESL, legal services classes, and prayer team are excellent as well.

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

I hope they can raise some additional funds to keep this house of the lord in great shape for many years to come. Funding will allow them to improve the facility as well as buy office supplies to enable better data tracking and therefore better to serve the community in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered for a breakfast for the poor and always hear about the services they provide from my church bulletin. The place was well-organized and the dedication to serving the neighbors in the Alphabet City really showed. Great organization to support and volunteer for!

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

volunteering.

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

try to secure a bigger space for services provided.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Served 632 people today and I am always amazed at how good I feel after leaving this wonderful place. I have been volunteering for about a year and have worked in different teams from the pantry to serving to cooking eggs and praying for the diverse groups of people that walk through the Father's Heart wooden doors. NOT once have I left with a negative thought in my mind. Even if someone yelled a little too loudly to hurry it up with the eggs, or worrying for a split second that we would run out of coffee, I am humbled to be a part of a ministry that cares. It is a well-oiled machine that supports, prays and feeds thousands of people every year and I am a better person for partaking in their efforts here in NYC.

Thanks so much Father's Heart. I will continue to contribute my time and resources to you for as long as I am able.

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

Forefront Church's Celebration Generosity last year when we presented a check for over $20,000 to help them in their efforts to renew, rebuild and support the people who walk through their doors.

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

probably equip them with an actual kitchen, although their current methodology works out quite well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Talk about doing a lot with a little - Father's Heart does amazing work in the community, serving the needs of the population in the Lower East Side of NYC. The energy, enthusiasm, efficiency and most of all - love that these folks show is amazing! They do so with limited resources but and unlimited amount of love and care.

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

Service to the community and personal fulfillment.

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

Help them through funding renovate the space so they can serve even more people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at Father's Heart and it was a life changing experience. Many of my friends have heard about this ministry and have volunteered, and can only say positive things about what this ministry does for its community. The people who come here are well served by an extremely caring and organized group of people. I hope to spend more time volunteering for this ministry! Thank you for all your hard work!

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

Watching my friends learn to love others through serving this ministry

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

Help give them more funding so they can serve more people!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Hi! I'm an East Village resident. I can tell you that there are many many seniors, working poors, immigrants, unemployed, and homeless living in the neighborhood. Father's Heart Ministries provides much needed services to them. One of their services is the soup kitchen and food pantry every Saturday morning. In a good day they serve up to 800 guests in an hour. They have volunteers from all over the city (I'm one of them) and sometimes all over the country. That really shows their organization skill, leadership and dedication. Besides foods, they give their hospitality and heart to their guests that really makes a huge difference!

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

seeing humanity and learning about being in a community where we help each others in a time of need.

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

keep good records of their guests. In fact, they just started improving it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Father's Heart's Saturday morning breakfasts are always joy-filled and efficient. Doesn't seem possible for so many guests to feel so welcome and cared-for. I really don't know how 800 people get to eat as much as they want during a seated breakfast in an hour and a half - but I know FH's guests leave feeling nourished and encouraged.

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As a volunteer, my time is used very effectively. The room feels lively and fun, and the time flies by. It has been life-changing for me to have the opportunity to talk with the guests in a safe environment. I have realized that while systemic change is always necessary, people have needs now and we need to be generous.

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

The first half hour is sometimes a bit awkward for new volunteers. Though, there are always small tasks to be wrapped up before the doors are opened - and this is a good time for group leaders to rally their team.

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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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I came to NYC on a trip to visit family. They took me to volunteer at Father Heart Ministries and I cant tell you the impact it made. People were waiting in line an hour before it opened just to make sure they got some food. It was completely packed the entire time we were serving food. People were so grateful and continually told me how thankful they were for place like Father Hear Ministries. This place is necessary for the survival of NYC!

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

just sharing experience with friends and family.

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

expand the hours of time they served food.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Father's Heart is a wonderful place. I am truly blessed to be a part of this needed ministry. We feed hundreds of hungry New Yorkers every month and their grateful faces and smiles make me humble and proud to be volunteer.

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

By seeing hungry hopeless people get fed with food and love. Being touched by these people's live in being able to give to those what I take for granted.

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

Help to develop a computerized system to track the number of visitors and the amount of food we distribute in order plan for the future in a more orderly and financially sound way.

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