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...
Jun 7, 2013

Summer Newsletter - Brick by Brick

Dear friends and donors,

It's summer time and our residents are partaking of the long days, the sun on their faces, and summer fruits. We hope you are, too. 
We just published our Summer Newsletter (attached) and wanted to update you on our home, and thank you again for your support.  
Sincerely and with Gratitude,
Natalie (for us all) 
Here is a brief excerpt from our newsletter:  

Brick by Brick

Excellent local leadership is perhaps the single most important piece in establishing a thriving and sustainable home.  Our Armenian Director, Alya Kirakosyan, has shown a new level of initiative in reaching out on behalf of our residents in the local community, building a network that serves to make our residents’ lives richer.

She recently attended a conference in Georgia on Human Resources Management. At the conference, she was not only exposed to helpful information, but she also made some connections with other organizations in Armenia that want to support our residents. 

Additionally, she has taken steps to  have our home and needs listed on international websites that direct interested donors to various projects. 

Even more importantly, Alya takes true joy in her work and in seeing the residents grow in joy and live in peace.  She is fiercely protective of their well-being and, along with you, is always conscious of securing a future for them.  We are grateful for the ways that Alya is building on our foundation, brick by brick.


Attachments:
Apr 19, 2013

Our work of mending in this world never ends...

 

Dear friends,
Thank you, to each of you, for helping us in this work of mending.  Thank you for caring about Warm Hearth.  

I'm attaching our Annual Report for 2012.  Enjoy the stories, the creative ways people have given, the photographs (special thanks to Chris Kitahara) and the poems -- all in honor of our residents.    

Here is an excerpt from the Annual Report: 

Our work of mending carries on, and carries us.  We have found paradise scattered in and throughout our daily lives, in ordinary and humble moments of weaving carpets, making meals, writing "thank you's," updating files, tending to the house, bathing bodies, planting seeds.  

We have also recognized flowers of paradise in extraordinary moments.  Many of our residents graduated from a three-year university program in June.  In April, five us of travelled to Armenia to support the staff in the homecoming of Anna and Sassoon.  

Our staff in Armenia guide our residents with love, and ever-deepening understanding.  They also have made tremendous strides this year in garnering support from local individuals and organizations.  Their reaching out on behalf of our residents is a testament of their love and commitment to our residents and home.  

It has been a year of rejoicing.  So much that we have long strived for has come to fruition.  Our home life has a rhythm.  Our residents are all safe.  Our staff are well-trained, wise and committed.  And you, our supporters, are loyal, passionate and enjoy tending to this garden of a home we all share in Armenia.  My heart is full and grateful.  
 
Sincerely, for us all,
Natalie  

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Feb 26, 2013

Reflecting on 2012 - Thank you!

The work of mending in this world never ends.  Paradise lies scattered, this I know, it is our earthly task to recognize its flowers that are strewn in the humble grass.
-Yves Bonnefoy

 Our  work of mending carries on, and carries us, maybe especially in the midst of struggle. We have found paradise scattered in and throughout our daily lives, in ordinary and humble moments of weaving carpets, making meals, writing “thank you’s,” updating files, tending to the house, bathing bodies, planting seeds.  

We have also recognized flowers of paradise in extraordinary moments.  Many of our residents graduated from a three-year university program in June.  In April, a group of five travelled to Armenia to support the staff in the homecoming of Anna and Sassoon.  

Our staff in Armenia guide our residents with love, and ever-deeper understanding.  They also have made tremendous strides this year in garnering support from local individuals and organizations.  Their reaching out on behalf of our residents is a testament of their love and commitment to our residents and home.   

It has been a year of rejoicing.  So much that we have long strived for has come to fruition.  Our home life has a rhythm.  Our residents are all all safe.  Our staff are well-trained, wise and committed.  And you, our supporters, are loyal, passionate and enjoy tending to this garden of a home we all share in Armenia. My heart is full. And grateful. 
 

Sincerely Yours,

Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri

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