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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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at The Father's Heart are so genuine and real. Their love for people is obvious. They make serving fun and are an inspiration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've felt very blessed to have volunteered on occasion at their soup kitchen. The staff and volunteers do such amazing work and the help they provide their guests is more than physical, but spiritual as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a pleasure it is to serve with the Father's Heart family! I've participated with a few of their programs and greatly appreciate not only the services they are providing but also the compassion and kindness with which they minister. The Father's Heart treats all of its guests (clients and volunteers) with caring respect. They are clear with volunteers about roles and responsibilities and have an incredible way of creating a wonderful sense of community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so blessed to be part of Father's Heart Ministries on Saturday mornings. Truly a wonderful group of loving individuals, who bring so much to so many in the community. Each Saturday I see all the volunteers work together with much grace and compassion to spread Gods love and word - I am so honored to be part of it. Thank you Father's Heart!

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