What Moms Are Saying

These testimonials from our clients show the value of our services.

Allowing mothers to achieve their goals for personal and professional growth and have time to focus on their families means families and babies thrive. The testimonials and feedback we gather help us shape our programs. Surveys show the majority of participants are on track to graduate and the Heart’s Desire Fund helps achieve those goals.

Rachelle Charles Boute

Being supported by the Hearts Desire Award has greatly impacted my life as a first time mom. This award has helped me and motivated me to get back into my career as a registered nurse. This award has aided me in purchasing the proper resources and to sit the NCLEX exam. I am grateful to Friends for helping moms like me have the opportunity to pursue our careers and dreams! This award also provided me with funds for childcare so I was able to study and not be distracted! I love how this organization really cares about making sure moms get their life in order and aiding moms mentally throughout this process to have balance between taking care of their babies and making time to chase their dreams! I enjoy being a part of this community because it has significantly changed my life in a way that I will not give up on my goals and my career! I am truly grateful for this organization!” Rachelle Charles Boute HDF Recipient 2023

Tiara Johson, a single mom, started her journey with NFP while pregnant with her now two-year-old son, Cam. We supported Tiara’s journey to becoming a certified teacher’s assistant to children with special needs. We provided Tiara with a laptop and covered the tuition cost for her first year of a college education. “With my award from Friends, I seek knowledge. And today I can honestly say I have a career path.” With financial assistance from Friends, Tiara started at Touro College and opened Cam a savings account. Watch Tiara in her video testimonial!

Rachelle Charles Boute
Lesly Pena

Without a Heart’s Desire’s assistance, I would have to miss out on spending time with my daughter and work to save up for school expenses. By receiving this award I will be able to start my online classes in the spring instead of fall. I will be able to financially support my daughter and myself and not have to stress about paying a loan back. Now I can strictly focus on my school work, raising my daughter and becoming a better me and mother. I am beyond grateful for this Heart’s Desire Award.

“I’m Stephanie and I’m 23 years old and I currently work for the NYC Department of Education. I have a 4 month old daughter who influences me to be the best mother I can be. I learned about a Heart’s Desire through Nurse-Family Partnership. Nurse Carol has helped my daughter and I in many ways. Carol is always providing me with information and resources I was never aware of. From the day I met her, I knew I needed her in my life. She is loving, caring and, most of all, motherly. She’s been pushing me to meet each goal I’ve set for myself, which is why I’ve re enrolled in school. Carol is always there to guide me and give me tips on whatever it is I may need.

My passion is working with children of all ages. I enjoy helping them further their education, guiding them in the right paths and showing them, no matter what might be going on in their lives, there’s always someone out there like myself who cares about them. I’ve been working with children for about six years and every year I learn more than the last. My goal is to become a special education teacher. I want to positively impact the lives of children with disabilities, developmental delays, and learning disorders and I will not stop working hard until I reach my goal.”

"I’m beyond grateful for the assistance I’ve received from Friends of NYC NFP because it gave me the confidence to make the best of my life and my situations and realize I’m capable of being the best mom and version of myself if I just believe in myself. Friends has been more than supportive to me while I try to get back on my feet. I've been making the steps to climb and making the best situation of my life. I know things take time, however Friends gave me the necessary motivation I needed. I’m forever grateful and hope any new mom takes advantage of this amazing program. "

Alia Knoll

"Thanks to this grant I was able to finish my studies and graduate from the nursing program in December 2022. I hope that you will continue to support this program so that mothers like me are able to progress in their education and careers so that they can provide a better future for their children. I would like to thank the NFP and the donors who have made it possible for us mothers to continue our education."

Graciela Vivar

"I feel honored and grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Heart’s Desire Fund. I want to thank you for your generosity in funding this scholarship. It is a great help to me financially, especially in these uncertain times.”

Zamzam Tyrell

"Because of Friends' support, I didn’t have to choose between pursuing my education or being a nurturing mom, I was able to do both!"

Hyacinth Taylor