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...
Nov 26, 2014

Gathering Together: Help with Year-End Donations

Gayane at a loom preparing handicrafts
Gayane at a loom preparing handicrafts

Dear friends,

We are so grateful for the GlobalGiving platform and for the ways that you have found us and made our work your work.  It has been wonderful to see Armenians and non-Armenians alike come together to sustain and support our home.  We have loved hearing from some of you this year about why our work is important to you.  And even if we have not heard from you, we can tell that our work is important to you through your gifts.  

You, in turn, are important to us -- and make it possible to create a home and lasting change for our residents.  

As winter settles hard over Armenia, we are busy preparing for the holiday season.  One of our residents favorite parts of the year is the Christmas/New Year (Nor Dari) time.  The house is decked with trees and ornaments and our staff make special holiday food.  This year our residents are also busy preparing their own handicrafts to sell at exhibitions and Christmas bazaars in Armenia (see attached photos).  They are learning to work hard toward the sustainability of their own home and we are proud of them.  

Join them in helping to raise life-giving funds for our home.  Between December 1st and December 31st, if we are able to raise at least $3,000 from at least 30 unique donors, then we will qualify for one of nine bonus awards.  This means that your gifts and the gifts of others will go even further in supporting our work.  

There are a few ways to participate.  And we would be honored if you would consider these unique avenues: 

Use this fundraising tool to engage your friends and family in supporting our work.  With this tool you can share easily about why Warm Hearth is important to you and what its needs are.  

Another option is to use these tribute cards to give gifts to your loved ones in honor of Friends of Warm Hearth.  These can make lovely and meaningful gifts.  

Thank you for your care and attention to our home and our residents.  We would like to offer a tribute to you -- as one of Warm Hearth's supporters -- for making a difference in the lives of our residents.  We raise our glass to you.  

Blessings, this holiday season,

Natalie (for us all) 

Residents
Residents' handicrafts
Oct 8, 2014

Life Together - Autumn 2014 News from Warm Hearth

Dear friends,

Each year our staff members and caregivers write and reflect about their work and their relationships with our residents and directors.  As we read their reflections this year, we were struck by the deep tenderness and love they have for our residents.  This tenderness is what makes Warm Hearth unique. 

Here are some of their thoughts and reflections. 

When Roman was in a complicated [medical] situation, I was with him from the time he went into the hospital until the day he got out.  And I cared for him just like my own child.  

Sassoon is so good and transparent.  There are no words to describe.  When I come to work in the morning, he is the first person I say hello to.  Every morning, seeing his smile, I also smile.  

When the residents receive something they like, right away they show me because they know that I rejoice with them.  And when they have not felt good, they tell me because they know I care for them.  

My relationship with Gayane is as an equal.  I listen to her opinion and give her my opinion regarding something or someone.  

Because our leaders and directors deeply care for the needs of the residents, we (as staff) do not have any concerns.  

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To read the full newsletter, download the attachment below.  And thank you for your support and care.  We are so appreciative of each of you.  

Warmly,

Natalie

 

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Aug 27, 2014

An Update from One of Our Residents

Alina
Alina

Dear donors -

Life at Warm Hearth has been full this summer.  Alina, one of our residents, recently wrote the following paragraph and wanted to share it with our supporters, you.

"I have lived at Warm Hearth for eight years and it is my own home.  I feel happy here.  I have behaved myself more this past year.  I haven’t been angry with anyone.  I would like to live separately (on my own) and visit Warm Hearth once in awhile.  I am closest to Gayane, Armine and Hasmik (other residents) and of the staff, I am closes to Karine, Rita and Jhanna.  

I would like to make my bedroom more beautiful.  I still love to draw and of the chores that I do, I enjoy most cleaning the bathroom.  I would like to start baking all together and then I would like to be able to do it on my own.  I would like to go on more walks.  I want my sister to visit me."

Thank you for listening, for caring about our residents, for making their lives more beautiful.  

 Sincerely, 

Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri

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