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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

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Very caring , knowledgeable and helpful staff and volunteers
Helped with a food pantry, breakfast and food stamps. Very positive atmosphere
Mark M

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fathers Heart Ministries has the reputation of caring for the whole person, not simply their physical needs. I know from volunteers who have worked there and other similar places that Fathers Heart goes beyond providing meals and services to genuinely care for the emotional and spiritual needs of their guests as well.

Their retail and wholesale ice cream store, Alphabet Scoop, provides job training and mentoring for at-risk teens. This is one of the best ways to help teens who have grown up in poverty areas advance in school and the job market.

Keep up the good work!

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Nsenga B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fther's Heart Ministries is a great mission that provides a caring environment forthose that need the help. The services provided are one of kind and I saw the gratefulness in the faces of those that were being served.

It is great to see an organization that puts the needs of the people above everything else.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Father's Heart Ministries is a wonderful mission. They serve food to the homeless. They also serve at risk teens in the east village by providing tutoring, weeknight programs to keep them off the streets, and job training in their ice cream shop . This mission is essential to the community. Keep up the good work!! Blessings.

Krishun R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 5 star rating says it all. I have volunteered at the Father's Heart ministry many times and it has been such an amazing and rewarding experience. Thank God for such a great organization that not only provides for those less fortunate, but also provides to those who have a passion for giving back with the opportunity to volunteer and be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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1 Matt S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff was extremely friendly. They do a great job encouraging and training volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with fathers heart twice a month at their soup kitchen. Fathers heart is very special to me because whenever I go there, I feel blessed almost immediately. I get to meet new people who share the love of God, friends who through ministry, make my faith in God stronger and guest that when they are fed, their spirits are renewed and also see the love of God. I look forwards to my saturdays there and I have to say, it is the best part of my week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,

MY experience with this organization has been wonderful. After volunteering the first time and saw the wonderful work they do I decided to volunteer once a month. It's been over a year and I am glad I have committed time. They do great work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Father's Heart Ministries has managed to achieve something extraordinary -- not only do they operate at a high level of excellence and efficiency to feed a phenomenal number of people in a short amount of time, but they also cultivate an atmosphere of welcome that feeds their guests souls as well as their stomachs. They infuse their actions with a compassion and joy that is contagious to their volunteers. I have been greatly impacted by my experience serving at the Father's Heart, and I'm so grateful that such a place exists for those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FHM is a place where people are fed -- both physically and emotionally. Not only does it provide food for people who need it, but it gives the rest of us an opportunity to serve in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FHM is a place where guests are welcomed with open arms. Many guests have shared that they keep coming because here they are treated with dignity and fairness. The staff at FHM is a loving and caring community. They are persistent advocates and have consistently ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of their guests.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served for the first time this Saturday at the soup kitchen and food pantry. It was a fabulous experience, FHM has a tremendous process down pat. It was an honor to serve the guests their breakfasts and lift them up to the Lord. I hope they experienced some short relief from their current unfortunate circumstances and realized their precious worth to our God.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was struggling to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning and then I showed up at The Father's Heart. Serving breakfast to the homeless was a very humbling yet super, fun experience. I volunteered with 8 others from my church and was placed on the clean-up crew. It was overwhelming to see so many homeless and needy people but was grateful for the opportunity to help meet their needs of a warm meal. I was challenged by The Father's Heart to share the never ending love of God with the guests that morning. This is a great ministry!

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Sun Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering on and off since last October, and I recently became a regular volunteer. I just love how much love and care each staff member at Father's Heart Ministries shows to the guests we serve. Father's Heart Ministries deserves all the funding it can receive.

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Michelle R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Father's Heart is all about welcoming people home, and that is what the guests feel when they come in. They are welcomed with love. I have volunteered several occasions with other students from NYU medical school, and it is such a gift to us to be apart of what is going on in that sacred place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered monthly for more than 6+ years. My most recent experience was yesterday. Each person who enters the church is greeted as a welcomed guest, not a client. What continues to amaze me is the powerful faith of the pastors for God to provide so that they may continue to feed those who are hungry! Unfortunately, the numbers of people who are hungry in NYC keeps growing. A young volunteer asked me, "How are they able to feed each person?" I simply answered, "By God's grace." Anyone who thinks they are simply coming to volunteer will walk away feeling different about feeding those less fortunate than ourselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered here about 2 months and I can honestly say it was a great experience! It felt good to see all the kids having fun at this church. Every game imaginable was provided and the food was really good and healthy. I played around with the kids for such a long time and completely forgot I had to go back and study. Altogether, it was fun both for me and for the kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered three times at Father's heart: first as a volunteer in the kitchen (scrambling eggs), second during the family night, and last in a health screening during one of the dinners.

Any situation with hundreds of people being fed and 50 volunteers is going to feel a little chaotic, but I was very impressed that Father's Heart was extremely well-organized and thought out. I really appreciated their volunteer orientation talk where they reminded us to treat everyone as guests and with respect. I like that they are very careful of hygiene and sanitation with everyone wearing gloves, hairnets, and color-coded aprons by task! It was very efficient - we started on time and ended on time, and I really appreciated that respect for the volunteers' time.

They also have a fantastic ice cream parlor during the summer that employs local teens. Not only is the ice cream fantastic and CHEAP, but you are supporting a good cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization's ministry is great! The event is well organized and welcoming to both its volunteers and it's guests. The kitchen does an amazing job and the church leaders really support the guests here. God's presence at this event is felt EVERY week! I feel blessed to be able to serve such an amazing ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at what appeared to be a very typical Saturday morning breakfast. At first, I wondered why in the world so many volunteers were needed to simply serve breakfast, but when the guests started pouring in, I realized this is no "simple" breakfast. Remarkably, we served approximately 700 people in about an hour and a half. During volunteer training, there was much emphasis on making the guests feel like GUESTS (not people in need of a hand-out). We worked hard to create a festive, warm environment for the guests. All kinds of people were served with the same dignity -- definitely a cross-section of New Yorkers (young people stumbling out of the local crack house after a hard night of drugs; elderly people from nearby Chinatown with children in tow; some who were clearly homeless; others whose background couldn't be readily assessed). I frequently remember and marvel at my experience at the Father's Heart. TRUE ministry is done there on Saturday mornings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered Feb 26 when we served 632 people. Worked the outside lines. The entire volunteer staff were all super fun wonderful people. They run a really efficient process. It was such a fun, uplifting experience. I'm definitely going to go again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have /volunteered at Father's Heart several times over the past year, and am also a regular donor to their cause. Every time I go I am reminded both that there are people struggling to survive in my own neighborhood, but there are also those willing to help them through their difficult times. Not only do they operate their soup kitchen like a well-oiled machine, but they also do so with incredible compassion and grace for their guests. They try to do a lot of prep work ahead of time to be ready for their guests on Saturday morning; however, I would still suggest having some volunteers come in before the regular volunteers arrive so that the pantry bag line runs as smoothly as possible without having to wait for bags to be made on the spot.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at fathers heart.
It is so refreshing to see the smiles on the faces of the people of nyc.
No matter what their financial situation is they put aside their problems for an hour to eat warm food, pray and mingle with new people.
i love it

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best organization! They are really making a difference in a rough part of NYC. Their evening get togethers for at risk kids are such a positive influence in the lives of many kids who have nothing positive in their lives. The people who work there care about those they serve -- I wish there was a Father's Heart on every corner of this city!

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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!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Father's Heart Ministry is a wonderful place for both the volunteers and the individuals who utilize their services! I am glad for it as a place to serve others and give hope to some very desperate people.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Father's Heart is a wonderful organization! They work hard to stretch every dollar they receive. My awesome daughter and SIL have donated hundreds of hours of their time to this cause; I am so proud of the work they do to make lives better for those who are in need and we do what we can from afar by making a financial contribution. They could do a better job staying engaged with their donors -- its a great way to keep the money flowing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Fathers Heart about 3-4 times a year for the past 3 years or so. I continue to be impressed with what's going on there. The volunteer supervisors are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They treat each person who comes through the doors with dignity and respect. And the more I've been there, the more I realize that it's not at all an act. The people there are the real deal. That really comes across to the guests - last week I was talking to a gentleman waiting in line and he was going on and on about how this place is so much more pleasant than a lot of other soup kitchens. I would absolutely recommend Fathers Heart as a place worthy of investing your time, talents or money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for over four years now, and I absolutely love what they are doing. People are celebrated when they walk through the doors. It is almost like a family member invited you over for dinner and they are beaming with happiness when they open the door.

I always look forward to seeing Dr. John, a middle age Latino gentleman who tells me dirty jokes each week. Right now, he only comes for the meal, but I sincerely hope that he will soon talk to one of the social workers on site and get the help he needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know many people who proudly volunteer for this great place and I was excited to contribute and see the place first hand at a fund raising event. The people who volunteer here and the wonderful family who run the Father's Heart Ministry clearly have such a love and passion for their work and I heard many stories about their successes in serving the neighborhood through the years. I was especially imporessed by the on site ice cream parlor that employs at-risk youth to help them learn about working and operating in a professional environment. That is the sort of true experience that really makes a difference to kids. Showing them how to do something rather than just throwing money at a problem. I'm a proud donor to this organization and I hope to also donate my time in volunteering. We need more places that are of this caliber!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Fathers Heart Ministry from my co-worker and was instantly excited at the prospect of being able to help. I had no idea what it was all about but was amazed at how organized and how amazing they are. It is amazing to see how many people they help, with such love, respect and dignity. I have to say that my first time volunteering i was speechless as I went about my tasks but still observing the faces of all who came in with such hope and left feeling the love that Fathers Heart Ministry was giving them. I plan to continue volunteering there because the help they provide for their community is truly a blessing and an inspiration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Fathers Heart a few months ago. I am truly inspired by the love and the genuine compassion the leaders of Fathers Heart have for the clients they serve and am moved to continue to keep giving and supporting the organization. Thank you for all you do for the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was asked to help serve one weekend and agreed to come check it out. I enjoyed the experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I went there to volunteer on a Saturday morning. It's a great place to give thanks for what you have and what is out there if you really need it. I feel so happy that I made someones morning that day. I helped out just a little bit and it made a great difference in their lives. Great place to have around!!! Looking forward to volunteering more often.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Fathers Heart is an amazing experience. I went to work to help the less priviliged. I was the one who gained the most when it was all over. Fathers heart is truly serving in the name of Christ. I was reminded of the many places in the bible were it it says to help the poor, widows and children. the people being served are truley in need.

The people that came to be fed were treated like guests, were allowed to eat until there were full. They wre not rushed in or out and they were treated like they were honored guests. They were treated with the respect and humility they deserve.

God bless FATHERS HEART MINISTRIES and the people that make it function on a daily basis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer/volunteered at Father's Heart once. The experience I had there was amazing! It is run very efficiently. I came away feeling like I had just spent a few hours with amazing people who work hard to make NYC a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Father's Heart is a great place to volunteer. In pretty much any section where you serve (the kitchen, serving, cleaning, handing out groceries, etc.) you'll get a chance to interact with the guests who come in and impact them in unique ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Father's Heart is a wonderfully special place to serve our neighbors. I have had the privilege to serve with the Father's Heart staff and volunteers for over one year and it's been an truly amazing experience. It's a blessing to be there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a blessing it was serving at Father's Heart! I've helped out both on the prayer team as well as serving food, and it's amazing to see just how organized AND encouraging all staff members are. It's a wonderful thing to open up the place for a hot breakfast to those who want it almost every Saturday, and to provide such uplifting service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served several times at Father's Heart Ministries. Each week up to 1,000 people are served a wonderful meal, provided with the opportunity to hear live music, and receive a bag of groceries. It is a huge endeavor but one that provides a chance for people to come together to serve the larger community and one that positively impacts so many lives each and every week.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Father's Heart is a place that serves the homeless and working poor of New York City. My wife and I have volunteered there since 2008 and have truly experienced life-changing moments.

I tell everyone that this is the most organized and disciplined community service project they will ever do. The opportunity to serve 600+ people every Saturday will certainly provide an amazing perspective and will bless you richly.

If you volunteer one time, you will never forget the experience. I absolutely love this place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Father's Heart for 5+ years in a variety of capacities, including helping with the Food Pantry, serving guests at the Soup Kitchen, teaching nutririon education for children and families at Kidzone and providing public relations and marketing support for the ice cream shop Alphabet Scoop. I've been impressed by the management of every program and the deep commitment by the administration and volunteers to provide help to those in need. The pastors care deeply about the population that they serve and they do their best to ensure the delivery of efficient and quality programs and services.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Father’s Heart provides food and other support to struggling New Yorkers with a rare combination of efficiency, dignity, and compassion. Not only do they supply immediate survival support, they have also launched an innovative jobs program, Alphabet Scoop. The organization I run, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, works closely with them.

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Lucille Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volneered at the father's heart and it was one of the most encouraging and satisfying mornings i've spent. To be able to help people in need AND to be part of a very well organized but very compassionate group is something I wish I could be part of more often.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at The Father's Heart on several occasions. They have completely changed my view on serving people in need and the population of disadvantaged people as a whole. Though I've volunteered with other organizations that serve the same cause, I've never come across one that does so as impressively as this one does. I'm happy to donate both my time and money to them, as their name is true - they show The Father's Heart to those who need to see it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Father's Heart and I was overwhelmed with what I saw. Not only were there well over 600 people served the day I was there, the amount of people willing to put aside their differences to serve was truly breath taking. Amidst the chaos that any organization feeding 100s and 100s of people may be, Father's heart really is a well run ship, blending perfectly efficiency and compassion. I left there that day feeling that if Father's Heart didn't exist the city would be exponentially worse off. If I would change something, I would try to have some of the stations set up a bit before hand and make sure that those that were serving knew their roles explicit. Overall Father's Heart was a fantastic experience for not only volunteers but those they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fathers Heart is probably one of the most effective, compassionate organizations I've ever had the priviledge to work with. The organization is run pretty efficiently and each Saturday, I see the benefits that the local community gets from this group. Not only does the program provide plenty of short-term support for individuals in need (ie: food, etc.), but it also provides long-term solutions for people looking to end the cycle of dependency (social services, English lessons, etc.).

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Father's Heart is great ministry that offers alot of help (food, legal advice, doctors). i was a cleaner person and seeing the people and talking to them was a great experience and it wqas definitely an eye opener. They really care about their 'guests."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving as a volunteer for several months at Father's Heart Ministry experiencing first-hand the magnitude of many souls they have impacted through meeting the needs of the miss fortunate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving here was an immense blessing! This is an opportunity to demonstrate love and really understand humanity. Aside from being actively involved in the feeding of the hungry, there are many other practical services offered by Father's Heart to break the cycle of poverty. Truly, the message of God is being portray here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to serve at Father's heart on a regular basis. It is truly a blessing to serve people, to greet them with a smile, to put a plate of food in front of them, to go get them more sugar for their coffee. It truly is an honor to be able to serve these people and see them walk away different from the way they came in, with a bright smile on their faces. Father's heart feeds from 500-700 hundred people on Saturdays. It is so amazing how organized the whole process is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the priviledge of volunteering to help feed those in need. It is an experience that one can only experience by being there, seeing the faces of those that are hungry and lonely in need. Just seeing the appreciation from these people of how they are fed and help in being directed to get social services for help in areas that they would be qualified for at the moment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering for Fathers Heart for the first time today and it was by far the best experience I could have. This organization helps people who cannot afford food. They also provide help with social services and many other things as well. They offer prayer for those in need of the Lord. I would go back and volunteer again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering at this soup kitchen for many years . It is a blessing for the community. Guests come here and are fed an all you can eat restaurant style breakfast There is also live entertainment as they enter, Esl classes, Social services, and even legal help once a month, and lets not forget very needed one on one prayers. All guests are greated and treated with love and dignaty , As they leave they are offered a pantry bag and much blessings .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good day, on Saturday Februray 12, 2011 I had the opportunity to do volunteer work at The Father Heart Ministries. Everything was organize to a "T". My job was to direct the needy to their seats so they can be fed. I had a great time talking and interacting with the needy and the other volunteers. I plan to return in March to offer my services again to a group of people i have grown to love.

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