Frequently Asked Questions
What is Homes from the Heart?
Homes from the Heart is a nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, MO. We are also a legal N.G.O. in El Salvador. Since 2001, we have been serving the poor by building homes in areas affected by natural disaster and extreme poverty. To date, we've built over 500 homes and have more in progress!
What is your model?
In serving the poor, we believe it is important to work with a model of partnership. Rather than giving handouts, the people for whom we build work alongside us, earning their new home as well as a sense of pride in that ownership. We also understand that for a house to become a home, there needs to be connection and community. To that end, we don't just partner with individuals, but with communities. We establish a connection with a community leader before we start our projects, building on the existing community ties and joining them, rather than building rows of houses and then interviewing tenants.
Where do you work?
We work primarily in El Salvador and Haiti. In the past, we have done work in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Check out our projects pages for details on our efforts in each country.
Are you a Christian organization?
Yes. We are an ecumenical, Christian-based nonprofit organization. Homes from the Heart is founded on Christian values, and we seek to glorify God in our work abroad.
How can I get involved?
- Donate or start a fundraising project. Help us take care of the practicals by supporting us financially, and help to fund a family's new home. All donations are tax deductible.
- Give your extra stuff. Did you know you can donate items such as your old iPod, computer, vehicle, etc., and that will be turned into dollars for us to put toward homes. Visit our donations page to see a full list of options.
- Spread the word. Tell your family and friends about Homes from the Heart, ask your employer about adding Homes from the Heart to your workplace giving program, write a blog post, follow us on social media, contact us to request brochures... the possibilities are only limited to your imagination!