by Denis, Heart’s Home friend and sponsor
“I have traveled to New York from afar, and I have long been yearning to meet the Heart’s Home Youth Group. Their names - Ray, Junior, Bruce, Ely and Marionel - are very important to me, as are their stories, their projects, and their dreams.
I had formed some ideas in my head about the life of teens in Brooklyn Housing Projects: they know the street, they lack a raising structure and support, life must have certainly not been too kind on them and society has set them aside.
Now, what I had in front of my eyes, were young men speaking of abundance, encouraging one another, young men wanting to start up enterprises, to start a family and care for it with all their love, young men desiring to see the world and being open to it, young men supporting each other and manifesting the need they have for each other’s friendship, young men willing to get involved in helping build a venue in upstate New York. I see young men beaming with life and a good sense of humor. Youth who have always been warmly welcomed at the Heart’s Home Centers in Brooklyn and in Woodbourne. Welcomed with open arms: exactly the same way I am myself welcomed in Brooklyn and in Woodbourne. They know - we know!- that they are expected and loved here.
It was such an amazing evening! It was absolutely worth to make the long trip to come meet them.
That, God willing, I will see them again is a very dear desire of mine. And if you ever get the chance, try and meet these guys ... they will warm your heart forever. And how can I forget to mention Julian and Tom who are now accompanying the group? They are both deep and generous hearts and I also hope to see them again. God bless them all!”
A traveler thrilled with this wonderful encounter