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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

Father's Heart is a wonderful organization! They work hard to stretch every dollar they receive. My awesome daughter and SIL have donated hundreds of hours of their time to this cause; I am so proud of the work they do to make lives better for those who are in need and we do what we can from afar by making a financial contribution. They could do a better job staying engaged with their donors -- its a great way to keep the money flowing.


Rating: 5

I know many people who proudly volunteer for this great place and I was excited to contribute and see the place first hand at a fund raising event. The people who volunteer here and the wonderful family who run the Father's Heart Ministry clearly have such a love and passion for their work and I heard many stories about their successes in serving the neighborhood through the years. I was especially imporessed by the on site ice cream parlor that employs at-risk youth to help them learn about working and operating in a professional environment. That is the sort of true experience that really makes a difference to kids. Showing them how to do something rather than just throwing money at a problem. I'm a proud donor to this organization and I hope to also donate my time in volunteering. We need more places that are of this caliber!

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