Friends of Warm Hearth, Inc.

Friends of Warm Hearth provides a holistic community-based group home that cares for the bodies, minds and souls of Armenian orphans with disabilities. We Value - Our residents' social, physical, mental, spiritual and vocational development - Community integration that honors culture & tradition - Dignity, respect, choice, fulfillment, privacy and independence - Individualized care that empowers our residents to live as independently and confidently as possible, while consistently contributing to their community Motivation - To prevent orphaned adults with mental illness or disabilities from being forced to spend the remainder of their lives in the psychiatric institutions of Armen...
Mar 17, 2015

The Other Way Around

Dear friends,

In January, I was present at a fundraiser for Warm Hearth in Colorado. I had the honor of meeting two sisters (pictured in the attachment below). I had noticed them in the crowd; they were shining like jewels. We spoke about how to make Warm Hearth more beautiful. We spoke of goats and soap-making, and about the gifts that we receive when we open out hearts to all people whether they have a disability or not.

From our conversation, I could tell that these were people who had lived and breathed the realities of Warm Hearth. They seemed to know what I was speaking about intimately. One of the women eventually said that her sister, standing with us, had a disability and that she was her greatest gift, teaching her what it means to be human, to be vulnerable, to live according to what matters. She said that she knows and lives the reality that one group of people is not strong while the “others” are not weak. She has been transformed by loving her sister, and felt she had received more than she could ever give. We know this transformation intimately at Warm Hearth, but it was a gift to be reminded.

The above excerpt is from our Spring Newsletter.  If you would like to read more, please download the complete newsletter below.  

Sincerely and With Gratitude,

Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri

 


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Feb 10, 2015

The Shining and the Muddy

Dear Friends,

It is deep in the heart of winter at Warm Hearth. Our residents gather close to the hearth. It is a time to stay close to home in much of the world; it is a time to reach inward and to tend to the work that is always waiting there below our surfaces.

At Warm Hearth, that work means reflecting on our year—the rising and falling, the shining and the muddy. It means looking hard at the faces of our residents to see if the smile lines are deepening and recognizing where there is room to grow.

As I think back to the year, to the ways our grassroots efforts continue to reach for more water and expand, I am in awe of the ways that so many of you have made Warm Hearth yours. You are the ones tending the fire. You are the ones gathering the fruit and holding open hands out to the residents.

A few times this year, as inevitably happens, we have stumbled. We saw a resident lost and then, gratefully, found within 48 hours without harm. We have seen another resident spin out of control and despair and we have not been able to contain her pain within the walls of our home.

At every rising and falling, we try to bless and to hope. We try to remember that this work has a long arc, a trajectory that will extend beyond any of us. And we remember that what may seem final in the moment (for good or ill) is probably not final after all.

It is just one small part of a larger story, and in the meantime our work is to be faithful to today—to the art-making and the fundraising, the filing and the thanking, the loving and the dressing, the laughing and the teaching.

We are engaged in home-making for fourteen beautiful souls, who would otherwise be without. In a world that changes so fast and is fraught with uncertainty, what we want to offer our residents is a forever home.

 

Thank you for believing in this simple vision. Thank you for tending to their hearth. May we find a way, together, to make more homes in Armenia. And may you feel the warmth of your own hearth with those you love gathered close by.

Sincerely Yours,

Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri (Founder)

PS. To read our entire annual report for 2014, please see the attachment.  


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Dec 15, 2014

Celebrating Christmas at Warm Hearth

Dear friends -

Armenians celebrate Christmas and New Year (Nor Dari) with abandon.  Their homes are full of family, friends and neighbors for the twelve days of Christmas (between Christmas and Epiphany).  And our home is no different. 

Christmas and New Year are a time of celebration at Warm Hearth.  We decorate a beautiful tree and overwhelm it with tinsel, decorations and lights.  We participate in the feasts, songs and fullness of the season.  Our staff labors with the residents to make platters and tables of food.  With your support, our staff picks out meaningful and lovely gifts for each resident. 

Last year, Santa Claus even made an appearance at the home and handed out the gifts.  Our residents were brimming over with excitement and happiness. 

It is a joy to create a life-giving Christmas for our dear residents who too often were forgotten and alone at this time of year in the past.  Thank you for joining with us to make a space for joy and peace both in this season and through the year. 

May you experience joy and peace in your own homes and hearts, too.  

If you would like to read our full newsletter, please see the attachment. 

Sincerely,
Natalie

 

 

 

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