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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Job Training, Religion, Religion-Related, Urban & Community Economic Development

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.

Programs: Hunger prevention - combination of programs "soup kitchen" and "food pantry". 1. Soup kitchen - provides food to persons in need, eighty days a year. Serves approximately 1,900 individuals per month. 2. Food pantry - provides emergency food to those who are referred by new york city's hunger hotline and anyone else who comes to the pantry. Serves approximately 4,500 individuals per month. 3. The organization also provides free ged test preparation and english as a second language classes twice per week.

alphabet scoop - a homemade ice cream store that trains and employs youth in the life and job skills that will allow them to advance in their school and work endeavors.

kid zone - seeks to prevent gang involvement by providing neighborhood children between the ages of 5 and 19 and their family members with a safe, inviting and enjoyable place of refuge in which to interact with each other and grow in various areas of their lives.

ministry training - this program provides hands-on experience and ministry preparation for 160 individuals per week. It also provides classroom instruction for 30-50 individuals per month in how to respond to the diverse social and spiritual needs within the new york city area communities.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Joe K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Marivic G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Basil K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Johanna B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Becca M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar