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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Human Services, Religion, Roman Catholic

Mission: Heart’s Home USA is the American branch of Heart’s Home, an International Charitable Organization. Through commitment of volunteers throughout the world, it spreads a Culture of Compassion as an answer to the universal reality of suffering. Through friendship, Heart’s Home volunteers bring consolation to the most wounded people and especially to the children. They work to affirm the intrinsic value of every human being at all levels of society. The mission usually takes place in the most deprived areas of the world in: - In Heart’s Homes located at the heart of the world’s most impoverished urban areas, where we provide grassroots services to the poorest, in orphanages, garbage dumps, jails, hospitals & slums. -In Villages in third world rural areas where deprived families and disabled children, are welcomed and prepare for rehabilitation.

Impact Statement

“There is a deep poverty in feeling forgotten, useless in the eyes of the world. When we visit our friends, it is most likely that they are having an ordinary day. Sharing these simple moments elevates them to meaningful moments, it builds a friendship which is earnest, it reaches into the heart and hints to the person that, yes, they are so significant! ‘It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.’, St Exupery. We are spending time with roses.” Leeanne, Volunteer in Manila, Philippines

Heart’s Home in the US Mother Teresa used to say that “New-York is the place which is the most in need of compassion”, that’s the reason why Heart’s Home opened its first Center in the United States in 2003, in the Bronx. It moved to Brooklyn in May 2008. In 2007 Heart’s Home USA founded the International Center for a Culture of Compassion in Woodbourne, NY that strives to build up a Culture of Compassion and raise awareness on Human Dignity through conferences, seminars and retreats.

Results: Heart’s Home in Brooklyn The Program serves 250 individuals and families primarily in the Housing Projects of our neighborhood. We also organize social events to fight against exclusion and encourage friendship among people from different backgrounds. “They comfort me. They are people who share love with you! I would ask a favor from them and they would run to do that for me. I love them.”

Nikie, a friend from the neighborhood

American Volunteer Program Since 2005, 21 North American volunteers were successfully trained and sent to 11 different countries for a time between one or two years. This year 2010, 10 young American volunteers will go on an international full time mission with Heart’s Home for one to two years. We launched a post-mission training for the alumni. “I was sent on my mis­sion to Honduras where I learned count­less lessons from my neigh­bors, com­mu­ni­ty and, espe­cial­ly, the chil­dren. I was told that Heart’s Home is like the Kindergarten of love; we have be­come very in­tel­li­gent in many ar­eas in our cul­ture, but some­how we have missed the most ba­sic lessons of love. I am very thank­ful for the call­ing to go on mis­sion with Heart’s Home and am so grate­ful to have known all the peo­ple that I now hold in my heart from Honduras. I have been home in Washington State for a year and a half now. Upon re­turn­ing I knew that the charism of Heart’s Home, which is com­pas­sion, is what I want to con­tin­ue liv­ing in my dai­ly life. I aspire to have the same look that I strived for in Honduras, of view­ing each per­son I meet as an op­por­tu­ni­ty to love. ” Amy, former Volunteer in Honduras

The ICCC During this past school year, the ICCC received approximately 350 guests for conferences, retreats and seminars. For instance, we hosted an art Seminar with the participation of some Julliard’s students. We also organized a Family Day with more than 60 people. “On Sunday, I took my fam­i­ly to the ICCC in up­state New York for a one-day fam­i­ly re­treat with Heart’s Home.[...] In the way you are treat­ed, in the way that you are sur­round­ed by beau­ty, you feel that there is noth­ing to do but be pre­sent here, to­geth­er with the Lord and each other, en­joy­ing long me­an­der­ing con­ver­sa­tions. […] My old­est daugh­ter asked, “Can we do this again?” I said, “I would love that.” Matthew, one of our friend from New-York who took part to the Family day at the ICCC

International Results to date Since the foundation in 1990, Heart’s Home has opened 55 Houses in 20 Countries. It has recruited more than 1,300 full time long term volunteers from 18 nationalities and sent them overseas in its houses all over the world.

Target demographics: We visit and bring support and friendship to the home-bound, the elderly people, the sick and to the most lonely and wounded ones of our neighborhood regardless of their religion, background, ethnic group. Most of the people we serve are living in the Housing Projects in the area of Heart’s Home USA. We also visit the nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and care centers of our neighborhood. We also reach out to the artists to bring them comfort through one-to-one friendship and a sense of community and belonging.

Geographic areas served: - International: America, Europe, Africa, Asia

- In the US: Brooklyn, New York City, Woodbourne, NY and San Francisco

Programs: Heart's Home in Brooklyn

We serve about 250 families and individuals: home-bound, sick, elderly, disabled people and the poorest families living in projects, shelters and nursing homes, bringing them moral support and grassroots services, helping them finding a path out of poverty and exclusion. We strive to share this spirit of Compassion through friendships by organizing recreational and educative activities. To experience the church as a community and to nourish faith, Sister Regine also organizes retreats for women on a regular basis.

American Volunteer Program

Heart’s Home recruits and places American volunteers to serve the neediest in one of the 35 Heart’s Homes around the world. The Volunteer Program encompasses the recruitment, training and placing of the volunteers. This includes fair attendance, “Come and See” weekends, two-week Orientation Programs and post-mission reunions.


The International Center for a Culture of Compassion aims at mediating an encounter between people from the world of Culture, Science, Business and Heart’s Home's Charism of Compassion. We believe such encounter to be the spark that fires up a Culture of Compassion, a culture based on gratuitous and compassionate friendship as the only positive answer to the cry of despair and loneliness voiced out by the contemporary world.


Heart's Home USA supports the Heart's Home in Chile. That means that we are responsible for finding the funds needed for the mission of the volunteers living there.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Former staff

Rating: 5

I met Heart's Home in France, because some of my friends left for a Heart's Home mission. They came back so happy and blessed that I wanted to know more about this organization. I decided to serve Heart's Home in the office in Brooklyn, New York, to know better the organization and to live with the community the charism of compassion. I discovered also the numerous apostolates of the missionaries, who visit the neighborhood, and I learnt how to live a compassionate daily life. The community life was full of joys and blessings, and my daily apostolate in a nearby nursing-home was a real way to learn how to love according to the Holy Gospel.



Rating: 5

Heart's Home is volunteer/mission where a young person can volunteer about 1-2 years in a foreign country befriending those who suffer most and living a strong community and prayer life with about 3 or 4 other young people. In Romania, our friends were a mix of Gypsies, Hungarians, and Romanians. When we are at home, we have an open door policy for anyone who wants to drop by for a visit - usually children. In the afternoons, we go on apostolates, visiting our friends. We try to befriend those who are most lonely or suffering. It was an incredible experience that I can't describe in words and definitely a life-changing experience.



Rating: 5

The year I spent with Heart's Home USA was a true blessing. I spent just over 14 months in Honduras and El Salvador, and consider it one of the most life changing of my life. I received more than I ever gave and know myself it a more real way. It was a joy to be part of such good work!



Rating: 5

My experience with Heart's Home was by far the most formative, awe-inspiring, and beautiful year of my life--living the mission opened me to God in a way that absolutely blew my mind, and the way that our presence in the neighborhood touched those we served was absolutely unbelievable.


Former staff

Rating: 5

I met Heart's Home through many friends who went on mission as long-term volunteers with them. They told me about their experience and about what they lived with them and it was so beautiful that i really wanted to be part of their work in any way. I applied from France and was sent for a 6-month internship in Brooklyn, NY. I was struck by the way they were present to the people of their neighborhood and by the friendship they had with some of the most lonely and suffering ones. I had the opportunity to join them every saturday on their visits to the home-bound of the close-by Housing projects and it was a real joy. By living in the Heart's Home in this area, I met many people as they were often coming to us for a meal, a discussion, a mass or any other informal activity that can help them to find a way out of loneliness and exclusion. they are very welcoming, faithful and devoted people.