Download our HFNY Resource Card as a way to engage homeless and hungry neighbors.
Read Tim Keller's outline of "Wholistic Ministry" and the Biblical call of the church to minister in both word and deeds of mercy and justice.
Watch our workshop on "How to Care for our Homeless Neighbors," outlining practical ways to serve our homeless neighbors and connect them to resources.
Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
Dr. Tim Keller
|Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Dr. Tim Keller
|When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself
To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City
Mark R. Gornik
Meet awesome volunteer Kristy Martin - she's a homeschool teacher, a mom of two, and she and her husband and two teenagers volunteer with The Father's Heart on Saturday mornings. When she's not volunteering, Kristy loves summertime outdoor concerts and favorite NYC spots Washington Square Park, Governors Island and the Staten Island Ferry. Kristy and her family attend Redeemer Downtown.
What do you guys do at The Father's Heart?
Any job that needs to be done! I have cooked eggs, checked in the guests carts, cleaned tables, registered guests, etc.Father’s Heart provided the opportunity for my family to serve together. My husband and I have two teenagers, it’s important to us that they learn to have a heart for serving others.
Who are the people you're serving there?
The guests at Father’s Heart come from the Lower East Side and quite a few of them are immigrants with limited English.
Any favorite memories?
It’s silly but heartwarming at the same time. One Saturday this last VERY COLD winter, I was outside helping check in the guests carts. A special needs guest came up and we realized we had the same hat on. We had a great little moment of thumbs up/isn’t that cool and then another volunteer came over and prayed for the guest. Ever since that Saturday we always give each other the thumbs up! It’s been great to get to know the guests, even though we’re only there once a month.
How has volunteering changed you and your family?
Volunteering at the Father’s Heart has been a blessing on my entire family. This experience is not something I could just teach my children about, or tell them to believe. Seeing them in action, joyfully helping those in need has been a life changing experience. The time spent with the guests of Father’s Heart has helped all of us grow a heart for service, and learn to share Jesus' love with our hands & feet.
Living in a city of 8 million can be very overwhelming, and it’s easy to just focus on the needs of my family. Volunteering has strengthened my faith and been a good reminder that we are the hands and feet of Christ in this city. The ‘fruit’ from spending our time at Father’s Heart will continue to grow for the rest of our lives.Related Affiliates: The Father's Heart Ministries