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Causes: Human Services

Mission: To assist adults with developmental disabilities to live meaningful, productive and independent lives through successful employment in the business community. This will be accomplished by building successful and enriched business relationships in the community using the unique expertise and practices of the HCF model.

Results: Heartstrings owns and operates six businesses that employ adults with developmental disabilities. Employees with developmental disabilities are paid a salary based on their level of mastery of skills and sales commissions. The businesses include; Goody Delivery, On My Own Home Accessories, On My Own Too, Sacks On Santa Fe - Fine Clothing and Accessories, A New Look and Custom Gift Baskets.

Programs: Community Employment, Supported Employment, Volunteerism, B.U.F.F (Building Understanding With Fitness Friends)

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Roseann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heartstrings provides choices of employment, that are interactive with general public, for adults with intellectual /developmental disabilities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Anne70

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!