"The HeART of Food"

"The HeART of Food"

"The HeART of Food"


Our Culinary Arts Program is a 300-hour ACF certification course for 

at-risk individuals.

 According to the Bureau of Justice, 76% of prisoners wind up behind bars again within five years. Education, training and  employment are three major keys for breaking the cycle. 

 Veterans often face invisible wounds of war, including traumatic brain injury, emotional trauma which leads to post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which can correlate with homelessness, which in turn correlates with hopelessness.

Giving hope is what this program is all about. A skill that will ensure a job will change lives!

Our Culinary Art Program teaches:

  • Teamwork
  • Healthy Food Practices
  • Safety
  • Builds Confidence and more

Students will graduate with: 

CCC Certification 

(Certified Chef De Cuisine)

Food Manager Certification

Chef Jacket & Hat

Set of Chef Knives

 Director of our Culinary Arts Program:

Chef Jackson York, CEC, AAC is certified with ACF (American Culinary Federation) and is also a certified ServSafe Food Manager Instructor. 

Tuition $3000 per student

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"Acrylic Whimsy"

"The HeART of Food"

"The HeART of Food"


This Art Session includes all materials for a 2 ½ hour acrylic painting session. HeARTS Found provides the facilitator, canvas, paints, brushes and all supplies necessary for an amazing art experience. Participants will be able to take home their own artwork.

Art is an amazing catalyst for healing the hurting. This session allows our participants to express themselves in a safe way in a non-judgmental environment. 

Sometimes words get stuck. Some of us, especially children, are unable to articulate their pain with words. Studies show that art & music are powerful healing tools. 

Using art as expression has many health benefits. Some include:

  • Visually deals with traumatic emotions
  • Allows us to express things we cannot express with words
  • Is helpful in releasing emotions
  • Is a powerful therapeutic process
  • Enhances lives and reduces stress

2 ½ Hour Session

10 participants $500

Private Sessions $65


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"Garden Goodness"

"The HeART of Food"

"Garden Goodness"


Our Gardening Program is designed especially with our Veterans in mind. Gardening has been proven scientifically to release emotional grief simply by digging in the dirt. Cultivating and growing food and flowers has many other benefits as well. There is scientific evidence that gardening is especially successful for individuals suffering from PTSD, depression and homelessness. 

Our clients get to partake in the fresh veggies and herbs they grow which has powerful physical health benefits.


Our "Garden Goodness" is also used in our Culinary Arts Program.

In-Kind Gifts welcome

Our wish list:

  • Tractor with attachments

(Brush hog, Tiller, Front Loader)

  • Garden Shed
  • Greenhouse
  • Zero Turn Commercial Lawn Mower
  • 15 Passenger Van for Veteran transport to and from Our Facility

Help us build our local

Victory Garden

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"Day Trip-in"

"Day Trip-in"

"Garden Goodness"


All Day Art & Music Experience

 Participants will be immersed in an a full 6-hour day of creative activities.

Activities Include:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Beading (Jewelry)
  • Sculpting
  • Pottery
  • Textiles
  • Mosaics
  • Collage
  • Journaling
  • Coloring
  • Music Therapy
  • Expressive Dancing
  • Storytelling
  • Creative Writing
  • Gardening
  • Rest & Relaxation

HeARTS Found furnishes the facilitators and supplies. Activities can be tailored to the group or individuals preferences.

Limited to 12 participants per day.

Group $1500

Individual $150

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"Love Notes"

"Day Trip-in"

"Love Notes"


Our Music Programs include:

An hour of music therapy to Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, and Children's Care Facilities. 

Each Month we are at:

Truman W. Smith 

Children's Care Center

Gladewater, TX

Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including PTSD, depression, and brain trauma, (to name a few).  

Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, trauma, and grief—but music can also be utilized as a regulating or calming agent for anxiety. Recent research proves that music helps heal in many areas of the brain, including memory, pain reduction, and stress relief. Music therapy is proving to be a successful treatment for victims of Strokes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.

$100 per hour session pays our musicians for their time & gasoline. 

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Photos: The beautiful Staff & Children at Truman W. Smith 

Children's Care Center


"Day Trip-in"

"Love Notes"


We are currently in development stages of our Theatrical Program. Besides being incredibly fun, theater helps people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world.

To name a few:
Self-Confidence:  Throughout the rehearsal and performance process, performers discover how to take creative and emotional risks and learn to trust  their abilities.
Literacy: Students increase reading and writing skills at their own pace by immersing themselves in  the story, reading and re-reading their scripts, memorizing their lines, and taking notes at rehearsal.
Communication:  During rehearsals, students learn how to articulate their thoughts and  questions and carefully listen to direction in order to improve their  performances.

In-Kind Gifts welcome

Our Wish List:

  • Costumes
  • Theatrical Props
  • Stage Lights


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