How We Help

Harboring Hearts provides emergency housing, transportation, food, and emotional support programming to a heart transplant, liver transplant, and cardiothoracic surgery patients and their caregivers through 4 main program verticals.

Emergency Fund

With the support of Donate Eight and the LiveOnNY Foundation, Harboring Hearts administers the “Gotta Have Heart” Emergency Fund to alleviate the unanticipated financial burdens heart and liver transplant patients and families experience when facing this lifesaving procedure. Now in its fourth year, this fund provides emergency housing, transportation, and food to patients and their families. In recognizing that having family close by aids in healing, this support is meant to be a safety net for families in this critical time of need.

In addition to this support, Harboring Hearts’ general “Emergency Fund” also provides resources to LVAD and other cardiothoracic surgery patients.

These funds are delivered in close collaboration with social workers in the cardiac care units of the following New York City hospitals: NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center, NYU & North Shore University Hospital. For more information, contact info@harboringhearts.org.


Community Events

Because the needs of heart patients and their families exceed material necessities, we also deliver hope and comfort through Community Events. These events build a sense of community for heart patients and offer emotional sustenance by connecting patients, their families, and their caregivers with others who have gone through similar experiences. Each community program is unique and is designed in close collaboration with hospital staff.

To date, our Community Events have benefited more than 3,000 patients and their families, offering essential respite from daily medical routines.

For information about upcoming community events, please contact us at: info@harboringhearts.org.


Hope 4 Hearts Day

We select a family to create a personalized day of adventure and activities for a recovered heart disease patient and their family in NYC. Our mission is to re-inspire hope and improve the patient’s outlook on life, post-surgery, and heart procedures.

Some of the adventures and personalized services we provide can include, but are not limited to; sports games, Broadway shows, visits to the Statue of Liberty, a private car service, signed memorabilia, or a special PSA.


Caregiver Food Delivery

In Partnership with NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, we provide heart-healthy meals for caregivers waiting at the bedside in the Cardiac NICU. When caregivers are well fed they provide stronger support and they do not have to worry about leaving for mealtime. Lifting a tiny burden can go a long way in supporting a family in healing.


Who We Help

For those we serve, lack of access to affordable housing and other essentials makes it even more difficult to face the challenges associated with undergoing a life-saving cardiac procedure. The families we help are experiencing serious financial hardship and maybe on the verge of bankruptcy or loss of housing due to the expenses associated with medical care. Many face difficult decisions about how to cover expenses for basic needs such as food, transportation, childcare, and medication co-payments.

If you need assistance while seeking treatment for a heart transplant or other cardiac condition in New York, please have your social worker contact us at 866.958.2536 ext. 1 or at info@harboringhearts.org.