Friday, October 1, 2010

Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis

Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis examines the implications of the fragmented and two-tiered health insurance system in the United States for the health care access of poor families. For a large fraction of Americans their jobs do not provide health insurance or other benefits and although government programs are available for children, adults without private health care coverage have few options. Detailed ethnographic and survey data from selected low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio document the lapses in medical coverage that poor families experience and reveal the extent of untreated medical conditions, delayed treatment, medical indebtedness, and irregular health care that women and children suffer as a result. Extensive poverty, the increasing proportion of minority households, and the growing dependence on insecure service sector work all influence access to health care for poor families at the economic margin.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Ministry House to Reach Inner City Kids

Remember when you were young and you had a bad day? You couldn’t wait to get home and the safe confines of the four walls that surrounded you! That’s a feeling that we should all have, but Joe Eriquez of Heart for the City knows a lot of kids that never get to experience that feeling. That’s why he diligently sought a house that he could make safe for the youth in the Inner City of Glendale, Arizona. That’s why he now diligently seeks YOUR help in making that house all that it can be.

“We have a vision,” Joe explained, “where this house will not only be a center for socializing, but, and more importantly, a place where learning can take place. Our greatest need in this realm is computers. With an extensive computer lab we can help kids with their homework, and help them go online and search for Grants so they can realize their dream of getting a higher education. We can give them an opportunity to learn, and improve, their computer skills – - a marketable skill that is quickly becoming a requirement when seeking gainful employment.”

What he needs the most, however, is volunteers. People who will dedicate themselves to being trained to minister to young people and train them – - to be part of the 21st Century, to improve family life for their children, and to become part of the Kingdom of God! Don’t delay - -don’t even hesitate, contact Heart for the City to see how you can help make this truly a Ministry House!

Support us and Help the AZ Poor Families.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fund A Life

What would you do to ensure that your children had a future - - that they had a hope? I'm sure your answer is "ANYTHING!" But what if there wasn't anything you could do - - because you didn't have a hope or a future either? That's the dilemma facing many parents and children in inner city Glendale. You see, in 85301 often the only future, the only hope, that the children have has to come from outside their community. It has to come from people who care - - it has to come from YOU!!

Joe Eriquez and HEART FOR THE CITY want you to think long and hard about that - - then they want you to do something about it! They want you, because you do care, to make a difference in the life of a child - - to give that child hope - - to give them a future. To accomplish this they want you to take a major step - - they want you to become a monthly partner and Fund a Life.

Fund a Life - - the thought is almost daunting, but what a rewarding role you will be playing in a child's life! With your monthly donation you will be able to sponsor their after school sports program; to send them to camp; to be part of the Holiday Help for Hungry Homes Program, and to provide a place, the Ministry House, where they can go to study and become adept on the computer while learning how to excel in school. You can do all this - - but you have to want to. You need to know that the greatest thing you can do in this world is to provide a child hope - - to provide them a future. You, regardless of your gender, need to be a Father to the Fatherless! You need to remember some of the greatest words Jesus every spoke to us, "As you do unto the least of these, so do you unto me."

Don't hesitate, not even for a moment. Right now, this very minute, you need to respond to this need. You need to provide a child hope - - you need to provide them a future. To do so will help to ensure that you will hear the Master say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!".

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Heart for the City AZ

Mission Statement

Heart for the City is a non-profit organization. HFTC is committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the children and poorfamilies of the inner-city communities. Special emphasis is placed on low-income neighborhoods of Glendale by creating innovative solutions to the difficult social problems that poor families face daily.

Mission Overview

For 30 years the message of hope has gone out to the at risk youth and their families of urban Glendale through Young Life and Heart for the City . Our mission is holistic among the at risk youth and their families. Our plan is to increase community development through raising indigenous leaders.

Need for a new kind of leadership in the inner-cities

There is a need for a new kind of leadership in the inner cities - a need for men and women who are teaching and demonstrating by example the kind of character and values that bring purpose to life and positive direction to children, teens and families.

The need for role models

Inner-city children, teens and families need role models from their own ethnic background, who have experienced similar situations, and who can give them hope, motivation, and courage to live for something above and beyond the lure of a life of crime or dependency. The ethnic urban leader who will have the greatest positive influence in his/her own community is the person who is a healthy role model - both morally and spiritually - and who will "roll up his/her sleeves" and become personally involved in the lives of those around them.

Our Goal

Our goal is to enhance and develop personal, family and business relationships. To strengthen the spiritual foundation upon which men and women can build as they make a positive impact in their communities and families. Positive programs include:

Mentoring Tutoring Food/Clothing Bank
GED Classes Computer Classes Job Development

This vision is about building and rebuilding lives. In order for true and lasting change to occur in our communities, we must begin to rebuild positive value systems by assisting individuals and families in regaining a purpose in life. Solving problems in our communities must begin with the individual. Sound character, constructive attitudes, and traditional value systems need to be established one by one. Mentoring teens is an important part of this ministry to AZ poorfamilies.

Please send your donations to:
P.O. Box 2
Glendale, AZ 85311

Monday, July 12, 2010

Register now at Heart for the City's Bowl-a-thon happening this July 17th and help the poor families in Arizona

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Fun! Fun! Fun! on July 17! Bowl-A-Thon event will be held at Brunswick Zone Glendale. Prizes awaits winning team

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bring your family and friends to Casino Night on Apr. 10 for an exciting night of fun & charity

Heart for the City

Reaching out to inner-city kids with positive message of hope and love.