We have a Heart for Children!
Heart and Home Ministries, Inc. a faith-based 501c3 organization was founded in 1989 by Jerry & Sonja Zielke. The purpose of Heart and Home is to minister to the needs of children and families at risk. Locally, we fulfill our purpose through our H.O.P.E. (Help Overcome Propel Empower) Mentoring Program with Advantage Academy ISD, a charter school with 3 locations in North Texas. We provide students of Advantage Academy with a caring adult who spends time with them, two times per month at the school, to help with homework, social issues, or just providing a listening ear.
Jerry & Sonja’s daughter, Heidi, joined the ministry as president in January of 2016. We partner with established, well-respected organizations both locally and internationally to help them achieve the goals and vision that God has given them to reach their communities. We accomplish this by sending teams for short-term mission trips, comprised of doctors, dentists, educators and people willing to use their talents on projects to benefit the local outreach.
All the partners or outreaches we participate with must help us fulfill our mission: to minister to the needs of children and families at risk. This includes helping to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the children and families we serve. Our objective is to always share the love of Christ to every man, woman or child that we have the privilege to meet.
To improve the lives of at-risk children and enable them to become productive, responsible adults by:
Building, strengthening, and edifying young people through outreach and training programs that will aid in whatever way possible to meet the needs materially and spiritually of each child and family member.
Creating one-on-one mentoring relationships between identified students and qualified, caring adult volunteers who are persons of good moral character and integrity
Our passion is Christ-centered
We live prayerfully, led by the Holy Spirit
We continually seek excellence and integrity
Those we serve are treated with respect and dignity
We develop healthy relationships with a holistic focus
H.O.P.E Mentoring Program
It is still a family’s number one obligation to care for their children, to teach and help them become healthy, responsible, contributing citizens.
Because of all the changes in the structure of the family, in community and neighborhood relationships, a large percentage of youth today are deprived of the adult contacts that historically have been primary sources of socialization and support for development.
Mentoring is not something new but is needed more today than ever to come alongside young families, single moms, and grandparents to help in adapting to a rapidly changing world. By all estimates, an outstanding 18 million young people, nearly half the population between 10 and 18 years of age, live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential.
A teen who doesn’t have a healthy relationship with an adult often lacks confidence and they are less likely to develop communication and social skills needed to establish strong personal boundaries because no one is around to be a role model.
They have no one to turn to for guidance when they’re suffering and need to talk.
Many teens find the support they crave through social media and gangs.
They are 80% more likely to attempt suicide.
Mentoring is important because many teens today are starving for attention from an adult who believes in them.
In October of 2019 a new ministry opportunity was presented to us in Pena Blanca, Honduras. We have begun a partnership with Kids Ark International Youth Camp which serves the children and teens of Honduras. We are participating in feeding programs throughout the community.
We are helping Advantage Academy establish a global partnership with public schools in Honduras. We are working to raise funds to complete a gymnasium and two little league baseball fields at Kids Ark International Youth Camp. Our first outreach trip was December of 2019, we hosted a Christmas celebration for families in the small village located near Kids Ark Camp.
July of 2022, we took a team to help host a day at camp with the KidsArk team and complete furnishings at Ester's House in San Pedro Sula.