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...
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

Dec 5, 2012

Everyday Beauty - Newsletter

Dear friends,

Here is an excerpt from our most recent newsletter.  Our full-length newsletter is also attached.  

Thank you for your kindness and generosity toward our residents. They are sustained by your efforts.  We are grateful.  

A Strong Foundation

As the year comes to a close, we look back and are grateful for the ways in which we have grown this year.  First and foremost, Anna and Sassoon are home after lengthy stays in psychiatric institutions.  We are learning, one day at a time, how to best manage a variety of behaviors and challenges.  This is an essential part of becoming a replicable group-home model.  Our home is making steps towards greater sustainability through the securement of local resources and the drastic increase in the sales of the residents’ handicrafts.  While we are still without public Armenian funding, we have committed to new steps in 2013 that will allow us to pursue other funding sources and hopefully grow our local base of support.  Our mission is still the same -- providing loving care and home to our residents, but our foundation is stronger and our reach is greater.      

Sincerely and with Gratitude,


Oct 16, 2012

A Film Portrait of Warm Hearth


Dear Friends,
We wanted to share with you a recent film portrait of our home and our residents.  It may be viewed on our homepage (link below). 

The title of the film is "Out of Sight - Out of Mind."  It was written and directed by Chris Kitahara and produced by Brian J. Kremer.  
Out of Sight - Out of Mind is a documentary that offers a portrait of the residents of Warm Hearth, Armenia's first group home for orphans with disabilities.  With visual poetry as the mechanic of the piece, Kitahara addresses the plight of institutionalization that these residents face and captures the hope of a life-long home in Warm Hearth.  The daily lives of the residents are portrayed in a way that honors their dignity, humanity and beauty.  This documentary was made possible through Chris Kitahara's generous donation of time and talent, the insightful production of Brian Kremer, a Peace Corps Response volunteer who served at Warm Hearth for six months, and individual donors who provided for Chris' trip to Armenia.  



With Gratitude,



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