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Heartbeat Ministries, Inc.

Pregnant? You are not alone

aka Heartbeat Pregnancy Help   |   Burlington, MA   |  PregnancyMA.com

Mission

Our main mission is to assist needy pregnant women and needy families with young children.  We provide caring support and assistance, based on the specific needs of each family.  These generally include clothing, baby and children's equipment, diapers, toys, delivery to many families, and some food assistance.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional assistance.  Another part of our mission is to provide accurate information and options counseling to pregnant women who call unsure about whether they will parent, place for adoption or abort.  We offer assistance with parenting or placing for adoption if they choose one of these options.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Mrs. Muriel Ostrowski

Main address

P.O. Box 153

Burlington, MA 01803 USA

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EIN

04-3220314

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Roman Catholic (X22)

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Our programs

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Assistance to families with small children

Our all-volunteer organization provides assistance to needy families having babies and continues to assist the families for several years or more, as needed.  We provide baby clothing, blankets, diapers, toiletries, infant and some toddler car seats, strollers, pack and plays as beds for the babies, and some vibrating infant seats and swings, depending on the specific needs of each family.  We provide caring emotional support and encouragement and some parenting advice.   We provide some help with groceries, toys, children's books and other baby's and children's needs, as requested by the parents.  We deliver needed baby and children's items to families who have no transportation.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional needs. We have several bilingual volunteers who assist with the needs of families who speak Spanish or other languages. During 2021, we assisted the families of 675 newborns and continued to help many families from earlier years.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide assistance to pregnant women with maternity clothing, baby and children's needs including baby car seats and strollers, pack and plays with bassinet inserts for baby beds, clothing, diapers, and other needed baby items, depending on the needs of each family. We provide clothing for older children in the families and continue to help families for several years or longer, as needed. We provide some friendship counseling and some help with formula and food. We assist many immigrant families who speak little or no English. We provide referrals to other agencies that can provide further assistance. The number of families continues to increase each year, including many more families who are new to our country.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization is still trying to provide help to many needy north of Boston families who are expecting a baby or who have recently had a child.  We want families to know there is caring help available to moms/families who choose to parent their children.  We want babies to have the clothing, equipment and food they need to thrive.  We want the moms and sometimes dads to be encouraged in their parenting and to parent with assurance and peace of mind, knowing that they are not alone.  Our client card has a picture of a young Hispanic woman, with the phrase"Pregnant?  You are not alone!"  We want to maintain the funding and volunteer support to be able to provide help for all of the needy north of Boston families who are in this situation who contact us or are referred to us.  We do not want to turn away truly needy families in our area who do not have what they need for their babies.  During the next three - five years, we want to raise enough funds each year to pay for the items we need to purchase for the families.  We already purchase the items at amazingly low cost, enabling us to serve many families on a small budget.  We also receive many donated items. We define long-term success as remaining here, doing what we are doing, and not turning truly needy families away, but providing them with caring help.

Our strategies to make this happen are to continue to make contact with parishioners at churches that may be able to help with fundraising, to continue to send thank-you letters that inform the donors as to the important impact their donations are making in helping needy families, and to continue bargain hunting to make the most impact for the families with the donated funds.  We also make this happen by showing caring for the moms, dads and children.  I have recruited more Hispanic volunteers to help with translating.  Before the pandemic, I often received and gave hugs to the moms when they showed their thanks for the help we provided.  We are still trying to show our caring. We offer additional help when providing the assistance we provide and show excitement about their babies.  We continue to maintain extensive computer files so as not to lose anyone's registration information.  We try to provide help at least a month before each mom's due date, so they have help and peace of mind before their babies are due.  All these strategies benefit the needy families and serve as building blocks for future success.

With God's help, we are capable of doing this.  It is more difficult due to church slowdowns. We are planning bulletin announcements in church bulletins and a mailing to committed donors.   We have many committed volunteers.  We have a donated space that keeps us from having to spend  much on overhead.  We have more volunteers than in previous years to deliver to needy families who cannot come to us.  We have been very successful in procuring baby items at much less than families would have to pay for them. We are also looking for more grant opportunities.

We have accomplished a great deal.  We served the families of 410 babies born in 2018 and 518 born in 2019.  We are continuing to raise funds and purchase baby items and equipment, along with providing donated items.  We purchase on-line and with discounts at some stores to provide for the families.  We found that sending mass-mailings to all donors is too time consuming to be of value.  We found that fundraisers at churches with letters of thanks to individuals and families builds relationships with donors that continue to provide  assistance to the ministry.  We found that meeting with individuals in parishes who can promote the fundraisers in their parishes is effective.  It is helpful to talk to people who come to donate items to us about fundraising possibilities, showing them our space and level of service.  We have changed our strategies for fundraising to fit with our need to keep fundraising from taking up much of the volunteers time and to be more effective.  We purchase many more items online now to require less time shopping in stores, to make the time commitment possible.  All of these strategy changes help us to progress toward our ultimate goals.  We are meeting our goals to keep on serving more needy families and are raising additional funding to make our ultimate goals possible.  We know the needs will never go away.  The goals we have not yet realized are to raise enough funds each year to pay for all the expenses.  The obstacles to achieving our goals are difficulties raising the funds necessary, keeping enough volunteers committed to serving to complete the work needed in sorting, purchasing and assembling the needed items for the families (especially during the Covid 19 pandemic) and continuing to occupy enough space for the work we do and storage needs.  We added an additional storage unit a few years ago and are successfully sharing the space we have in the building we partially occupy.  We will continue to face new challenges as they arrive, hopefully with enthusiasm and creativity.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Translating issues with an all-volunteer staff

Financials

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Heartbeat Ministries, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Muriel Ostrowski

Heartbeat Pregnancy Help

Term: 2005 -

Muriel Ostrowski

Heartbeat Ministries

James Donovan

Chart Insurance Company

Eileen Cahill

Community Volunteer

Mary Fitzgerald

Community Volunteer

Kerry Duprez

Community Volunteer

Kathy Parsons

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability