What is Project Angel Heart?
Project Angel Heart is a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness in the Denver Metro and Colorado Springs areas.
How is Project Angel Heart different from other meal service programs?
Project Angel Heart is unique in that it delivers meals without age or income restriction, at absolutely no charge to our clients. Moreover, our food is freshly prepared and modified based on the dietary needs of our clients. By paying close attention to the nutritional needs of each client, we turn our food into medicine.
What are the most common diseases reported by your clients?
The most common diseases reported by our clients are:
- End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
What is Project Angel Heart's annual budget?
It takes more than $2 million per year to maintain the quality of our service and continue to provide meals, free of charge, for those in need. Project Angel Heart relies on individuals for the majority of our funding. Additional funds are derived from foundations, corporations, and government grants. For the most recent audited Financial Statement click here.
How much of Project Angel Heart’s budget is allocated directly to its meal program?
According to our 2011 audit, $.92 of every dollar of Project Angel Heart's operating budget is allocated directly to our client meal program, meaning that administrative and fundraising overhead is only 8%. Our extremely low overhead is a record achievement for the organization, and is substantially lower than the industry average of 17%-25% and the Better Business Bureau’s guideline of 33%.
How many meals does Project Angel Heart deliver each year?
With the invaluable support of our volunteers, Project Angel Heart prepared and delivered more than 445,000 nutritious meals, at no cost, to clients across metro Denver and Colorado Springs in 2012.
Who does Project Angel Heart serve?
In 2012, Project Angel Heart clients were 48% male and 52% female. More than half of our client base is over the age of 60, and 38% of our clients are people of color. Currently, 84% of our clients live in the Denver metro area, with 16% living in the Colorado Springs area. Furthermore, most of our clients are economically as well as medically vulnearble; 61% of our 2012 clients lived at or below the federal poverty level. In 2012, 8% of the people we served were dependents of Project Angel Heart clients.
How many volunteers assist Project Angel Heart?
In 2012, Project Angel Heart was supported by more than 8,800 volunteers who dedicated over 57,000 hours of their time, essentially doubling our staff capacity. They also drove tens of thousands of miles to deliver meals to clients, worked in our kitchen, provided administrative support, and volunteered at special events. Last year, volunteer efforts ensured that 1,950 clients received meals, made with love. For more information on volunteering, click here.
How does an individual qualify for Project Angel Heart meals?
To receive our meals clients must generally be homebound with an advanced and/or symptomatic life-threatening illness or a combination of diseases that result in a life-threatening status. They also must have a limited mobility factor related to the illness, its treatments, or some other condition. All clients have the option of receiving a week's worth of meals delivered frozen once a week. If the client lives in central Denver and does not have the proper refrigeration/freezing or reheating appliances necessary for this service or is too ill to get out of bed, we will deliver hot meals up to five days per week.
For more information on how to become a client, contact our Client Services department at 303-830-0202, or click here to see how to get started.