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 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. 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 its beginning. Jerry & Sonja have been married for over 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 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, strengthening 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.
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.
After Hurricanes Eta & Iota, two of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Central America in decades, Heart & Home Ministries provided financial support to KidsArk for families that were devastated by the flooding.
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.