A Magic Show, Chick-fil-a and Catawba Brewery fundraisers provided money for birthdays for the children in the custody of Burke county DSS. This year we served 144 foster children on their birthday. With the generous donations we are now able to give each child $30.00 with a card. Though a generous donation from A.J.’s Steakhouse they are able to have a free meal on their birth month. Thanks to Jim and Stacy Eichorst with Books Are Fun, Inc. who sponsor 3 fundraisers per year for our birthday fund.

Homes For Hearts, Inc found another great way to support Burke County foster children. Every time someone needs to make a purchase on Amazon! Individuals use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-3045991 and a percentage of the sale goes to the children.

2016 Annual Foster Care

Christmas Party Recap 

​Homes for Hearts, Inc. is a private non-profit organization, 501(c) 3, designed specifically to raise funds to help provide support for children in the custody of the Burke County Department of Social Services. Homes for Hearts, Inc. showed continued growth and progress during 2015-2016. This year Homes for Hearts,Inc spent $21,877.76 on Burke County foster children expenses. The board consists of up to twenty individuals who come from all walks of life and are united by the desire to improve the quality of life for foster children in the custody of Burke County Department of Social Services. Homes for Hearts, Inc. hosts three to four fundraisers per year to use for the following:

*Educational expenses- Tutoring, mentoring, educational materials, school supplies

*Camp expenses-Sports, musical, recreational, ROTC, -priority to educational based camps.

*Prom expenses-S100.00 for Juniors and Seniors

*Graduation expenses such as invitations, cap and gowns, class ring, etc-$200.00 per graduate.

* Andrea Galen Jacks scholarship- $1,000.00 per year

* Birthdays- $30.00 for their birthday plus a coupon for a free meal at AJ’s Family Steak House.

*Christmas presents, and other Special Occasions

*Foster Care Christmas Party

Annually, we host fundraisers for the Andrea Galen Jacks Scholarship to assist eligible graduates in pursuing a secondary education and for educational needs of the foster children. This year we had no fundraisers but received two grants, one from the Mull Foundation for $1,000.00 and the other from Grace Episcopal Church for $2,000.00.

We had three recipients to qualify to receive the Andrea Galen Jacks Scholarship 2015. We had no recipients in 2016. There were two past recipients who were still in college and receiving the scholarship each semester. 90 school aged children received school supplies and a card with $10 00.

The Andrea Galen Jacks Memorial Scholarship started out in 2004 with the goal to raise $10,000.00 to be endowed in the Community Foundation of Burke County. As of 3-30-16, the total of the endowment is $68,369.60. As an endowment, we are guaranteed that Burke County foster children will always have funds available to them to provide educational opportunities and enrichment. A disbursement is granted quarterly to cover scholarships and educational needs of the foster children.

Seniors who complete high school are given money for a high school ring, cap and gown, or invitations, etc. This year we had no seniors who graduated. Rada Cutlery Fundraiser contributes for this fund.

Special Thanks:

*The Town of Drexel for allowing us to use their facility in Drexel for storage

*President Carmen Tyler-Bazis who initiated and funded the new logo to bring a new look to our Facebook page, website and all correspondence.

*All those who contributed to our organization this year to make the world a better place for Burke County foster children.  

This year the party was at the Morganton Recreation facility. Many activities were available for the children to participate in. Including face painting, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, juggling, dancing to DJ music, pictures with Santa and gift bags. Food was provided.

At this year’s party we had 83 foster children, compared to 59 last year. 156 foster families, DSS staff, social workers, Inc board members and volunteers, compared to 136 last year.
A grand total of 239 were in attendance compared to 195 last year.

​​The following individuals and organizations contributed to the Christmas Party

Domino’s, J & S Cafeteria, Allison’s, Pepsi, Bojangles-Hildebran, Subway, The Ultimate Experience, Melanie Yang, Hayley Chapman, Karen Loviska, Tyler Heruts, Cassey McDonough, Nathan Roark, Madii Giulletto, Sarah Britt, Josh Bazis, Kyle Brown and son, James Allen, Morganton Recreation, Timberwoods, Firehouse Subs, Golden Coral, Food Lion-Fiddlers Run, Food Lion- Burkemont Ave., Chick-fila.  

Gift bag contributors

Blue Ridge Reading Council, McDonalds - Heather and Patrick Joyner, Zaxby’s, Domino’s - Mitch Young, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Nancy Taylor, Mighty Dollar - Mike Kubal, Arby’s, Subway, Delishi - Fran, LGFCU, Teeth in Need- Nancy Brown, Colonial Life - Cristy Gupton, Amanda Williams.

​Angels - Monetary Donations

Alan & Janice Jacks
Allen & Revonda Mull
Amanda McGee
Amy Buchanan
Ashley Flowers
Betsy Blatz
Betsy Steele
Betty Rose Mackie
Bill Vaassen
Brigitte & Kenneth Clark
Brooke Duncan
Burke Animal Clinic
Burke Co. LICC
Candace Barrier
Carmen Tyler Bazis
Charles & Kristen Richardson
Cheryl Simpson
Claude & Dolores Huffman

Cynthia & Jeffrey Brittain
Dale & Sheila McCurry
David & Bonn Lynn Poteat
David & Gail Coley
Deborah Davis, MD
Dennis & Patricia Lee
DVDesigns LLC
East Valdese Baptist - Caregivers Class
Edward W. Phifer III
Elwood & June Jepson
Eric Jacobsen
Faith Community Church
G.S. Hoff Co
Gerald & Stanlena Allen
Glen & Mary Davis
Gregory Bazis
Gwyn & Carl Barshinger
Hopewell Baptist - Embrace

​Jack & Maxine Carroll
Jamie Hensley
James & Mary Helen Cornelison
Jean Salsbury
Jeff Lowdermilk
Jeff & Lisa Harless
Jeffrey & Donna Hayenga
Jennifer Milton
Jimmy Jacumin
John & Donna Sallstrom
John G. Jermyn
Joseph & Mary Franklin
Joseph Larry Whisnant
Judge Claude & Jo Sitton
Judy & Ray McGhee
Keith & Leslie Ramseur-Moose Motors
Kellie Stroup
Larry & Barbara Small
Leigh Thompson
Lela Duke
Libby Sylvia White
Lisa Cook
Lisa Hayward
Lori Rice
Maha Jarrah
Mega Tan
Michael Miller
Mike & Libby Carlisle

Milestone Insurance
Mobile Service, Inc.
Nanci C. Page
Nancy Puckett
Natalie Whitaker - Dental Assoc.
Pat Denton
Reynolds Family Wellness
Robert & Laura Rhodes
Robert & Phyllis Sheehan
Rodrick & Wanda Orders
Scottie & Margaret Greer
Security Unlimited, Inc.
Tim & Laurie Robinson
Tamara Wellman
Teresa McDavid
Vickie Farish
Wallace & Ann Moncrief
Wendy Coffin
William & Nicole Moore
William & Tara Mode

2015 - 2016 Annual Report