Hearts of Fire Project

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 323 E. Matilija Street Suite 110-251 Ojai CA 93023 USA

Mission: We are: Standing for the greatness of homeless people and the huge contribution they hold for the world. Generating a new and radical interpretation of who they are: the vanguard of a new culture based on the dignity and inherent value of human beings; people who have voluntarily or involuntary stepped outside of the consumer culture that pervades our lives. Building a platform that empowers homeless people to show the world who they really are. Providing what is missing: connection, love and acceptance
Geographic areas served: US
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 26-1449220
805-646-5773
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This a most amazing organization which bring art and hope to the most needy in our society. Bob Ballard's vision has changed the way we deal with homelessness. It needs all the support it can get to continue its admirable mission.

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

seeing firsthand the amazing effect of their action on the homeless.

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

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

the vision of Bob Ballard.

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

the most dedicated I've ever met.

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

help relieve homelessness throughout the world.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funds to do more.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Bob Ballard is an amazing man with vision and mission of hope, love, and respect those in our society forgotten due to economic or social hardship. He has done this thru taking art and music to the homeless, and now a program of providing shelter to homeless families thru donations of unused RVs. If anyone should get a government grant or McArthur Foundation award, it should be Bob, Hearts of Fire, and others like them. And he's done it mostly on his own dime. While we support him as we are able, he needs and deserves much more support. Jeff Luttrull Regalo Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Inc www.regalogift.com

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

Meetings with Bob, his presentations and documentary videos of HOF activities.

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

Broaden the support network, which is what Bob and HOF is actively pursuing.

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

Helping with the mission

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

Competent, committed, and realistic.

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

Change the world.

Ways to make it better...

Had more money to give.

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

Financial support.

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

Support Bob Ballard and the Hearts of Fire project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This project puts the Arts to work and at the same time gives people an opportunity for their self expression they would not have had any other way. Kudos to all who made this happen, and thank you for setting a standard for other communities to improve the quality of life and bring people together in peace and art.

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

Upbeat and generous in the face of difficult human stories. Committed to honoring people and listening to engage their full self expression.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer for the first HEARTS OF FIRE PROJECT, MOTOR HOME HOUSING PROGRAM in Ojai, CA last Saturday, January 30. A clean and functional motor home, donated by wonderful folks, was given to a very deserving woman named Maria. I felt honored to have cleaned the motor home for her. She was elated and I believe so surprised at the possibilities and opportunities of having her own home and how that will affect her and her son. What a wonderful event. Stong Cudos to the founder Bob Ballard and his wife Gayle.!!!!

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

sharing the joy of helping others less fortunate

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Hearts of Fire Project since its inception. Bob has opened his heart to the mission of empowering homeless people to show the world who they really are, that they are part of the human family and valuable members. His energy around this project is bottomless. His newest portion of the project is the Motor Home project where he makes used motorhomes and RVs available to homeless families. It is both inspiring and exciting!

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

that it has made a difference for the homeless people involved!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I witnessed the birth of this great idea, evolving into a great non-profit. Bob's vision for humanity, with all of us included and no one left out, is truly inspiring. The dignity, comradeship, sense of play, art and opportunity his organization supplies runs far deeper than a typical NGO offering survival basics. This program returns people to soul food: to a way to express beyond words and to create something lasting. It reminds us that we are all people, and we all have talents. Hearts of Fire rekindles the spirit.

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

the pride of the artists viewing their work beautifully displayed, and the public pleased to shift their thinking of homeless people from "vagabonds" to "artists"

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

The provocative shift in my own thinking about homeless people, and all people

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

Gracious, supportive, fun, playful, and heartfelt

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

Bring solace, expression, joy and discovery of art, music and exploration to homeless shelters around the country and around the world. Imagine this program in refugee camps, with art as a tool for expression, healing, and inspiration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I had been ashamed of being homeless, less than, and a disgard in society. When I met Bob Ballard he conveyed a something to me. My art is valid and valuable...it can tell a story of my life and my imagination. He invited me to bring my art to a Hearts Of Fire Project Art Show and Fundraiser. It was the first time anyone saw my art in public. People were interested and asked questions with respect. No one ever believed in my art before. I know Hearts Of Fire needs so much help to put the message out to help the homeless express themselves through art and so find some measure of self-esteem. Bob Ballard is practical and yet a dreamer, the two best combinations for helping others I know.

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

believing in a dream-it reminds me not to be afraid of homeless people.

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

if I had the money I would buy Bob the things he needs to do varied art forms and for transportation/lodging needs when he travels.

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

comradery with other previously homeless people.

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

psychic

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

Eat, sleep and travel to many cities and even rural areas, hire art teachers, buy art materials, repair the motorhome. publicity for the organization

Ways to make it better...

more people came to the fundraiser or were interested in the organization.

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

Fundraising, attention from the public

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

Please listen well to what Bob Ballard has to say...he has vision and experience, he knows and believes, he does not give up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have experienced the focus and power of Hearts of Fire Project's Bob Ballard. His passion is a product of his own experience and his warm heart. This organization goes about helping the homeless in ways no other organization does. Not only does it find ways to help the homeless get shelter of their own (the motorhome refurb program) but it encourages the talents of the homeless to be expressed---and appreciated by others. I just met Bob in September and have volunteered to do what I can to be of service to this group.

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

I really like the fact that this organization has a very unique approach to helping the homeless. We have seen myriad ways in the past with governmental and charitable organizations that have not worked. Empowering the homeless is what it's about.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

My experience with the Hearts of Fire Project was inspirational in seeing the ability for art to convey raw emotions of those who are struggling to make ends meet.

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

seeing the hearts afire of the participants who were able to express their often silenced voices through their artwork.

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

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

to witness the joy their services provides

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

humble and inspiring

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

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time with them!

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

funding

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

Hearts of Fire is "being the change they want to see in the world."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Bob and Gale Ballard are 2 people who make it their business to have the world work for everyone, with no one and nothing left out. Their focus on the homeless through Heart Of Fire Project is undaunted and pure. They are champions for people who are not considered to have a voice. Hearts of Fire Project is amazing and thank goodness it exists, especially in economic bad times.

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

They do what they say they'll do which in my experience is a rare thing.

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

They are passionate and everyone walks away touched, moved and inspired.

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

Kind, professional and fully committed.

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

Serve so many more homeless people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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