I started volunteering at Heartstrings when I was in high school which turned into a full time position during the summers between college. For two summers I was able to be a team leader and loved working with all the individuals here. I worked with a team of 3-5 adults, our tasks changed daily and the team of adults changed daily. Some tasks involved packaging food products for the Goody Delivery Service, going on Goody Delivery to businesses and selling those packaged products, fun activities like visiting Deanna Rose or the Marble Factory, we would workout at the local Jewish Community Center, deliver meals for Meals on Wheels, worked the store fronts for Sacks on Santa Fe and the main location. Everyday was new and brought a new experience or new memory. Once I graduated college, I was transitioning to be a Board Member but a move to New Jersey prohibited that. I will sometimes see a participant I worked with back in 2008 and 2009 and I'm amazed how much they remember about our time working together and how I made an impact on their life, just like they did for me. This Foundation will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish I could do more for Heartstrings and the positive impact and value they bring to the community.
Our son Blake has been an employee of Heartstrings Community Foundation since the day he graduated high school. Heartstrings has been a blessing in our lives and Blake's life every single day since then. Blake loves going to work and loves the people he works with. I hear from friends in the community all the time that they see Blake on the Goody Delivery service. Heartstrings gives Blake meaningful work every day and he has grown as a person because of this fantastic organization. I can't imagine our lives without Heartstrings Community Foundation.
We arrived in KC with our adult son with autism, expecting he would finish out the transition school program we'd so carefully researched, and he'd be successfully placed in a job that brought him satisfaction and some income. He is three jobs later now, well beyond school age. It turns out work is harder for him to keep than to find. The one steady star in our world has been Heartstrings Community Foundation. Heartstrings welcomed us and our son -- and he enjoys his work. At Heartstrings, he makes dog biscuits (his favorite,) packages goodies for delivery and sales, participates on cleaning crew, runs errands -- all the while, receiving support and training in interpersonal and other essential employment skills. Heartstrings understands that all individuals deserve and wish to spend their days performing a blend of meaningful work and activities. They deliver services with compassion, and we know how lucky we are.
Heartstrings has given my son the ability to grow emotionally and learn new skills while being active in the community. Heartstrings also gives him the opportunity to give back to his community by visiting nursing homes and building relationships with the residents. Heartstrings believes in developing abilities not limiting by disabilities.
Being a volunteer and Board member with Heartstrings Community Foundation helps me relate to what it means to the employees to be a part of their group. Employees with intellectual/developmental disabilities show commitment, pride and stronger self-esteem as they come and go from their daily work schedules and community involvement. Each employee is either taking part in the “goody” products sales trips to local corporate offices or assisting in the two Heartstrings shops and sales. Even taking part in maintenance of their shops goes hand-in-hand with spending time participating in health and fitness activities, and giving to others through outings at local nursing homes. Smiles are everywhere at Heartstrings because of what the organization has committed to our community’s special population and the employees’ pride in their group. Growth comes with community awareness, participation and giving. I’m so proud to be part of the Heartstrings group, and I know anyone who has an opportunity to review the offerings Heartstrings provides will be anxious to be a part as well.
Heartstrings provides fulfilling and rewarding community-based employment opportunities for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. These wonderful employees produce a smile on the face of everyone that they interact with!
Heartstrings , through its various programs/businesses, does an excellent job of giving its clients meaningful, fulfilling , and dignified employment. The pride of the clients is palpable . Donors can be assured that their donations will be used effectively; HCF is a very tightly run operation.
My son has benefited from being part of Heartstrings for the past 9 years. They empower the individuals they serve by allowing them to choose their activities. Many times this is the first time the person has been given an opportunity to voice their opinion. My son has become more social, engaging and helpful while learning new job skills. He knows the value of greeting others with a handshake and introducing himself with a smile. Many of the tasks learned on the job can be put to work at home as well, such as doing laundry and cleaning. Life was such a struggle after high school graduation; finding Heartstrings was an answer to prayer. They are a unique organization that is worth of your support.
Heartstrings provides choices of employment, that are interactive with general public, for adults with intellectual /developmental disabilities
It is a great privilege to be a part of Heartstrings Community Foundation! This organization has an entrepreneurial attitude that creates unique opportunities for adults with I/DD. They are working in the community each day and building relationships through work.
I see the dramatic impact this organization has on our community every day and it makes me very proud to be a part of it! Adults with developmental disabilities are working in the community and making friends every day. It is amazing to see the "ability" in people labeled disabled!