History

Glass Hearts Co-founders, Rick and Gretchen Ellsmore have spent the last 18 years walking, talking, and listening to people It is clear that a tsunami of crisis has desolated the Generation X and Millennials. There are huge societal gaps in areas of: loss of identity, having fundamental life skills, and a deep-seated loneliness.

Rick and Gretchen started Glass Hearts in January of 2011 to work with the underserved that society seems to ignore. The deeper they got involved the more they were faced to deal with the reality of generations being raised within a fatherless society. It was crystal clear that they could no longer keep our head in the sand and avoid the pain and destruction in our communities. Therefore, Glass Hearts provide a safe place for young adults to deal with real issue such as: finding a job and moving towards a career, abusive background, fear, anxiety, loss of identity, education needs, job skills, parenting, and many more.

It is clear in their experience that we all have glass hearts, scarred hearts that have been broken in some way. It is in “community” that these unique broken shards can be gathered and meticulously melded back together. In the end, it is love that serves as a glazier that connects our wounded hearts, building them into a “stained glass” masterpiece—a community of complex mosaics. This arduous, but beautiful, process brings wholeness and join us together to form diverse and profound community.

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