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February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I have volunteered with the Hearts of Fire Project in Ojai. I have read the comments by the homeless on their art work and have seen how it helps with self-esteem. It is truly a project that is worth continuing.

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

people's awareness of how capable homeless people can be.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of Bob Ballard.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all concerned for the homeless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

contribute more motor homes for families to live in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

In my opinion, This project has great potential to become a forefront on changing the way folks in poverty are viewed in this nation. Many talented people can benefit from the need that many people have TO HELP those in need. Unlike many organizations that accept donations and randomly pass them out( or perhaps pocketing?) , The HEARTS OF FIRE PROJECT deals with people on a personal level, individually meeting needs and encouraging artistic abilities and alternative lifestyle choices. WAY TO go, Bob and Co!

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

seeing the prints of artists that have been helped and are helping to make this all possible.

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

make it a foundation of donations and "Gift giving" I would make it a Personal wish list, like the adopt a kid in Africa kind of thing, except here in America. Like, here, this is who I am, and please help me make my dreams come true type of thing.

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I didn't have to feel bad about asking for assistance to fix up our motorhome, knowing that there would be a good flow of support for the program and others who need it too. .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 10, 2010

The Hearts of Fire Project is true gift of love and compassion. I am so happy this project exists. It is about time, authenticity, commitment and compassion provide positive outcomes to homeless artists. Mr. Ballard orchestrates the effort beautifully, and has genuine compassion towards people who are living lifestyles different. I have learned alot about the value, intelligence and artistic quality of people who live unique lifestyles. Hearts of Fire Project heals the wound of indifference, apathy, and hopelessness by providing artistic support in various life affirming venues. In all, this project is worthy, loving, and uniquely oriented towards all this good and loving.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the compassion and artistic quality of this work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 10, 2010

I have loved volunteering with the Hearts of Fire project! Bob really is a heart afire with what matters to him and what makes a difference in the lives of others - not just people without homes but for all of us dealing with what it means to be human and grappling with the material plane! The artistic expression he affords those with so little resources is an invaluable contribution to them that then contributes back to all who get to see the amazing forms they create! Well worthwhile - they are alos extremely conscientious and have impeccable integrity about the organization!

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

being touched, moved and inspired by the humanity of humanity

Ways to make it better...

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

have more resources for them to do the work they want to do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the point of view that relates all people through art regardless of social status!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, committed and hardworking

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the conversation about what it is to be homeless in this country and get people into action to handle the basics for all people.

Ways to make it better...

more people had known about the event somehow

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

manpower

One thing I'd also say is that...

Teh musical aspect of what they do is soo important!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

We at Harmony4Kidz support Hearts of Fire 100% they provide a really valuable service to the community. love the RV initiative. I met Bob Ballard last May at the Conference for Global Transformation. He really cares about the cause and Hearts of Fire is helping many homeless folks realize that they are not hopeless. Way to go!!!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help millions of homeless folks get back on their feet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

I've had the amazing opportunity to work with the Hearts of Fire Project in San Diego and Los Angeles as a facilitator of the visual arts workshops and ateliers. I witnessed the transformation of homeless men, women and children as they shared their art, poetry and music. The work that Bob and Gail are doing is crucial to our understanding and support of this marginalized segment of our society and to our collective humanity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the smiles, the pride of accomplishment, the humor, faith and resilience of the people who are served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

The Hearts of Fire movement, started by Bob and Gail, has so enlightened the community and the nation to the creative part in all of us, is a way for people to express themselves, for those who do not recognize their own talent and their individual contribution. It is a gift for the world to embrace and to pass along to others. I work in the field of supporting people with development disabilities.Again,I feel the same need to let others know we are all different in our capabilities, and yet the same in our need to be a part of the whole, and contributing to that whole. Hearts of Fire is educating the rest of us who might think we are more than someone else.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the words of individuals that let us see their hearts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

The Hearts of Fire Project is awesome! I love the art I purchased & I was very impressed with the staff & booth at the "One of a Kind Christmas Show" 2009

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and talented

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

inspire people everywhere!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

Bob Ballard is a dreamer - but somehow he turns his dreams into reality and the people on the receiving end treasure him for it. He really believes in what he's doing and he's managed to change lives in the process - not just those in need but others who have joined in to help him find housing for those in need. Keep wearing those rose-colored glasses, Bob, 'cause they are definitely working!

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

seeing how the forgotten have been seen by others through new eyes thanks to their music and their art. It has helped Mr. Ballard raise the money to fund a motorhome for people very much in need.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

viewing the efforts of the disenfranchised - I've seen them in a whole new way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure that almost no one had to sleep outdoors or be forgotten again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 10, 2010

I know Bob Ballard personally--I have attended his exhibits...the drawings he collected from the homeless shelters are beautiful, and thought provoking. I know Bob is inspired to do this work of bringing attention to homeless individuals as simply people who happen to be homeless--not to be relegated to a blanket category or a certain type of person. Now more and more families and individuals are becoming homeless --we ALL need to address this issue--and Bob is right in their helping!

The Great!

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

seeing the reaction of people at the exhibit I worked at, and talking to people about the project.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more fundraising events.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The warmth of Bob and his wife and others involved with the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very concerned about the issue, and very easy to get along with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Raise awareness around the country and bring joy and self-respect to homeless adults and children in shelters everywhere. It could buy art supplies and musical instuments that could be given to shelters across the nation.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing --It was a very satisfying experience. I felt welcome and helpful.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope Bob continues with this project of his--I would like to see him put a documentary of his work on TV or in film festivals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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