Hearts for the Homeless started in 2008 when a local church in State College, PA decided to hand out necessities to the homeless on the streets of Pittsburgh, PA to help them cope with the long, cold winter. Since then, with guidance and drive from the leader of the organization, Ginny Poorman, Hearts for the Homeless has grown.
On the surface, Hearts for the Homeless meets real physical needs by giving away necessities such as clothing, medical supplies, food, and toiletries to the homeless. Supplying these materials is one way that Hearts for the Homeless helps make people’s lives a little bit better.
Spreading the gospel of Jesus is a foundational aspect of Hearts for the Homeless, which believes that, along with the physical needs of the homeless, there are spiritual needs. Hearts for the Homeless wants to make their lives a little better while offering hope in the form of a savior who loves them and wants to know them.
In March of 2014 we opened our new location in downtown State College, located on 100 S. Fraser Street. With this new location we hope to be able to touch even more peoples’ lives.
Meeting needs, loving people
To provide a safe (warm/cool) place during the day for the homeless to gather job hunting skills, write resumes, learn computer skills and how to apply for jobs online. To have a constant support system in place for people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless to go where they feel welcome and loved. To change the communities outlook on the homeless population by education and interaction.
Eventually we hope to establish a common living space where people can get back on their feet while learning how to maintain a house, job & their money.
Services we provide
-Community events weekly (movies, gardening etc.)
-Job interview skills and help job searching
-Resume writing support
-A space to go during the day to be out of the elements
-Necessity collection through item donation
-Support from others in the community in a safe and loving environment
-Job hunting & online application skills
-Counseling provided for younger members
Values we live by
Jesus: We will love & be willing to help all who need our help without judgement or intolerance.
Giving: We will provide as much to as many as we possibly can within our guidelines
Teaching: We will not stop at giving stuff. We will help our friends learn to help themselves by teaching and compassionate direction.
Full circle: When being helped you learn and are willing to help others. You’re always better off than someone else & learning to help others will create a strong desire to carry themselves