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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

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

February 10, 2010

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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

February 10, 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!

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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

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

February 4, 2010

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February 4, 2010

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.!!!!

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

sharing the joy of helping others less fortunate

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

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.

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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"

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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

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

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.

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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

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