We have a Heart for Children!
Heart and Home Ministries, Inc. a faith based 501c3 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 Partnering Pals 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 from a caring adult. Sonja, is the director of the mentoring ministry and has been involved in ministry to women and children for over 40 years. Jerry is involved as a mentor and has been the most faithful supporter of Heart and Home from it’s beginning. Jerry & Sonja have been married for almost 50 years and have 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren In November of 2015, we had the opportunity to add an international outreach aspect to our ministry.
Jerry & Sonja’s daughter, Heidi, joined the ministry as president in January of 2016 and oversees all international outreach. We partner with established, well respected organizations on the ground 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. Heidi and her husband Roger have been involved in in various ministries through their local church for many years. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. All the partners or outreaches we participate with, both locally and internationally, 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 have the privilege to 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, strenghtening and edifying through outreach and training programs that will aid in whatever way possible to meet the needs materially and spiritually for 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.
In 2015 we began a partnership with a local church in Tirana to participate in a feeding program called The Butterfly Project. This program began by providing a healthy meal and a time of bible stories 2 days per week for children of the Roma community, who live in extreme poverty and do not attend school. We added a second project and increased to 5 days per week and began providing basic education skills along with sharing the gospel and feeding the children. Our purpose was to prepare the children to enter the public-school system so that they could get an education and increase their chances of ending the cycle of poverty that is prevalent in their community. Over the last 4 years, we have taken medical and dental teams to provide healthcare and training. With Advantage Academy we have taken a team of educators who provided training to public school teachers and trained the volunteers and staff of the Butterfly Project. We have also taken teams and hosted summer day camps for the Roma children. One of our largest projects has been the building of a community center in Babrru, Albania. We have been the major supporter of the construction of an 8,000+ sq. ft. building that will host a medical and dental clinic, vocational training for adults in the area, a feeding program, after school care and summer camps, as well as church services.
In October of 2019 a new ministry opportunity was presented to us in Pena Blanca, Honduras. We are beginning a partnership with Kids Ark International Youth Camp which serves the children and teens of Honduras. We will be participating in feeding programs throughout the community and in local orphanages. We are helping Advantage Academy establish a global partnership with public schools in Honduras. We will also be working to raise funds to complete a gymnasium and two little league baseball fields at Kids Ark International Youth Camp. Our first outreach trip is December of 2019, we will be hosting a Christmas celebration for families in the small village located near Kids Ark Camp and doing some simple refurbishing of a local orphanage as well as providing toys, clothing and food to the children who live there.