NYer Of The Week: Harboring Hearts Housing Founders Help Those In Need

Yuki Kotani and Michelle Javian, co-founders of Harboring Hearts and Samantha Tuttlebee, a heart patient and a beneficiary of Harboring Hearts were featured on NY1.  It premiered on August 12th, 2011.

NY1’s John Schiumo filed the following report.

Harboring Hearts Summer Fete

New Yorkers came out in full force for Harboring Hearts Summer Fete on August 13th, 2011. Despite the last minute venue and food vendor change, 250+ guests attended the event to celebrate a night of fun and philanthropy.

The event was held at Capri Hotel in Southampton, NY, food was sponsored by Nobu of Southampton, NY, open bar was sponsored by Moet Hennessy and music was provided by DJ Samantha Ronson.

We want to thank our corporate sponsors Phoenix Foundation and Paige Management for making this event possible.

Check out photo from the event below.

Providing a Haven for Heart Patients and Families

On August 13th, 2011, Wall Street Journal featured Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani, co-founders of Harboring Hearts.

Original article written by MELANIE GRAYCE WEST

The hospital waiting room is no place to live. So Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani are providing a home for families in need.

Ms. Javian, 28 years old, and Ms. Kotani, 27, are the founders of Harboring Hearts, a two-year-old nonprofit that provides housing for people who have been hospitalized for cardiac-related disease and for caregivers who are traveling with a patient that is receiving care.

Harboring Hearts has provided grants totaling $40,000 to more than 200 people. Grants are provided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with hospital social workers. …


Every Dollar Matters


Philanthroper.com is a daily deal site with a twist.  Instead of selling products or services, they share stories from non-profit organizations.  If the stories inspire you, you can make a micro-donation of $1.

We are featured on their site today! (August 18th, 2011) Please read Harboring Hearts’ story and consider making a donation of $1.  Your donation will provide housing and support for heart patients and their families.

Update: 113 people made micro-donations of $1 – $10 in 24 hours.  Thank you so much for your support!

Arts & Crafts For Pediatric Heart Patients

A heart themed arts and crafts event for pediatric patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.  The craft stations were run by our amazing Harboring Hearts volunteers.


Meditation: A Surprisingly Easy, Heart Healthy Way to Relax

From the original article:
Co-authored by Nieri Avanessian

I was a teenager when I was first introduced to the concept of meditation. At the time, as a typical teenager, I really didn’t get it, didn’t practice it much. Sports, school and friends took up most of my time and thoughts. But about 10 years ago I took meditation up in earnest, I am now a daily practitioner of transcendental meditation. Despite my hectic schedule, I always manage to carve out at least one 20 minute session each day, though twice a day is preferable. I have experienced so many benefits since making it a part of my daily routine. Meditation really helps me focus better, I’m calmer, my memory has improved, and so has my personal sense of inner peace and motivation.

Meet Jessica Melore, Board Member, Founding Member and Heart Transplant Survivor

From the original article:
When and how did you become a member of www.nycinv.com?

I became a member in 2009. I do a lot of advocacy and public speaking on behalf of heart disease, cancer, and organ donation, as well as attend other charity events with friends. It was an easy resource to find out about great causes and fun events happening in the city.

Meet Erica Young, Chair of our PR Committee

From the original article:
When and how did you become a member of www.nycinv.com?

I first found out about NYCinv.com when Harboring Hearts Housing (HHH) Vice President and Founding Member, Jessica Melore, was featured on the website.  Jessica was a heart attack survivor at age 16 and heart transplant recipient at 17.  She has a truly inspiring story of survival. She continues to tirelessly work on helping others that have heart disease, cancer, or need an organ donation.  I knew any website that would feature such an admiral person as Jessica is a website I wanted to be affiliate with.  I applaud this feature of NYCinv.com as well as its support of charitable organizations.

Peace in Leadership

From the original article:
Friday, May 13, turned out to be one of the luckiest days of the year for me. I found myself at the Newark Peace Education Summit, learning from globally recognized figures about the importance of peace in achieving our dreams.

The conference, which was organized by Mayor Cory A. Booker, Tibet House US, and the Drew A. Katz Foundation, was graced with the presence of leaders from all over the world.

Betty Confidential: Big Hearts, Big Goals – Meet Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani of Harboring Hearts

From the original article:
Heart disease may be the number one killer in both American men and women, but it’s not every day that you meet someone who’s dealing with it at the exact same time you are. Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani were at a party celebrating their new, post-college status, when a friend introduced them – it turned out their fathers were both receiving heart transplants with the same doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital.