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

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.

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?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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?

2010-2-01

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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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