We are bidding farewell to the strangely sporadic temperament of Spring and welcoming in the glorious Summertime Sunshine with warm hearts and open arms.
As children are out on break during these humid summer days, we keep especially busy around here at Heart & Soul. The Dining Room is consistently packed with those in need of a nourishing meal and reprieve from the unpredictable weather here in the Falls.
There is never a dull moment here at Heart & Soul; each day is a unique mix of challenges and blessings. This past Spring, we welcomed our new Hair Stylist Georgia to our Heart & Soul Family, providing free haircuts from 10am – 12:30pm on Mondays.
Pastor Laura Norris-Buisch from Riverside Presbyterian Church conducted a beautiful Memorial Service here on May 8th to remember departed friends of Heart and Soul. Our next service will be November 6.
Working alongside our loyal volunteers, we participated in the National Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 11th at the LaSalle Post Office. We collected over 4,560 pounds of food to stock our pantry shelves and kitchen!
As always, our Mothers’ & Fathers’ Day Distributions were a raving success. Our Guests were appreciative and delighted to receive their gift bags filled with a variety of goodies, both practical and delicious J
Our Guests are anxiously anticipating our upcoming Foot Care Spa Clinic Day on August 7th, 2019, to receive their own personalized pampering!
This year we will be offering the following Summer Programs for children at Heart and Soul:
Art & Soul: July 1-3 and July 8-12, 2019, 9:30-11:30a.m.
Niagara University Day Camp: July 22-26 and July 29-August 2, 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
Unfortunately, our offerings are being parred back considerably this year. When these programs began there were no such offerings in the area. For the past two years NFSD has offered a 5-week daylong program that also includes transportation; this has had an impact on the attendance of children in our programs.
Our Annual School Supplies distribution will be from August 26-28, 2019. Parents must sign-up by presenting a copy of their child/children’s 2019-2020 School Supply list to us by August 20th.
We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer for the next thirteen Tuesday nights during the summer concerts at Artpark! Once again we are alternating with Community Missions to collect money donations from patrons as they enter the park. Prior to the first concert we received a generous donation of $2,500 from Sammy Hagar. At the end of the season all proceeds from the collections is split between HLS and Community Missions.
Project Connect Niagara will be held again this year at Heart and Soul from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. PCN is a one day, one-stop venue bringing together local agencies to provide access to health care, social services, veterans services, legal advice, housing, mental health, and employment & training programs. A press conference about the event will take place here on Thursday, July 18 to announce the event.
We are so grateful for our many loyal and dedicated volunteers who selflessly donate their time to help ensure that we are able to support our impoverished community here in the Falls.
Our latest newsletter, Spring 2019, is available online by clicking here.
Please consider checking out our wish list on Amazon.com to donate an item that will be in great need as the weather remains chilly and Winter lingers. You can click on the donate link below to be directed to our wish list.
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