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2020: A Year of Pivots

2020 was a year that many of us had to pivot. For some that means working from home. Others it meant closing down their business due to the pandemic. All of us have had to adapt to the new reality thrusted upon us last year. Here at Hearts For The Homeless we’ve had to make…

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Collaborating with the Community

“For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:14 Being part of a community means you can rely on your neighbors to support you in your time of need. When many people in the community are struggling, it takes a collective effort to obtain the resources needed to provide aid.  To better…

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Volunteer Opportunities at Hearts

kitchen workers preparing meals

After a tumultuous year, it seems that the COVID-19 vaccination has reignited our hope of reaching the other side of this virus. However, there have been many lasting effects from the pandemic, most notably an increase in the number of individuals and families in need of assistance. As a nonprofit organization serving those most at-risk…

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Tips for Spring Cleaning

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 It’s that time of year again when the weather begins to warm and we begin to clean…

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Neighbors in Need in Every Season

ub cel bag handout

At Hearts, outreach continues on well after the holidays are over, especially since the winter months and cold weather are still upon us. Hearts for the Homeless provides warm clothing and accessories to those in need both onboard the Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen and in the Hearts Thrift Store. Since the start of 2020, there…

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The Importance of Dignified Service

ub cel bag handout

God has made it abundantly clear that He has called us all to lead lives of service. As Christians, it is imperative that we offer dignified service to all those we reach. Dignified service implies that we honor the dignity and value of each person we serve. Not only do we extend this kind of…

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Holidays 2020

Community members picking up groceries from Hearts Harvest Food Pantry

With the holidays upon us and COVID still lurking, Hearts for the Homeless is determined to carry out our outreach programs and special holiday events.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have maintained our outreach programs consistently. The Mobile Soup Kitchen and the Hearts Food Pantry have been operating without interruption as we made…

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Winter Clothing Donations

brand new outerwear for winter donations

Temperatures in Western New York begin to drop in October, with the rare surprise of a below-freezing night before November is even here. Worse are the nights through the winter months, in which the average daily temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the dangerous nights of January below 20 degrees. The freezing weather is…

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The Value of Warm Meals

man receiving socks with his food at the mobile soup kitchen downtown

As we transition into Fall and the first frosts sneak up on Western New York, we start to think more about shelter and protection from the elements for our homeless residents. However, we have to consider the impact of accessibility to hot meals for poor and homeless people year-round. At Hearts for the Homeless, we…

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