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Fathers Heart Ministries

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Nonprofit Overview

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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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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