Ruth’s Heart

Jacob’s Well is proud to introduce Ruth’s Heart, an emerging non-profit begun by our volunteer staff members, Tana and Tom Vanderhooft.  It was begun to give compassionate attention to the real needs of our neighbors that we often meet on the streets on C.P.R. and in worship on Saturday nights.

heart_transparentRuth’s Heart is a non-profit organization that is assisting anyone in the Memphis area that is living on the streets, in rehabilitation from addiction or just in need to connect with resources that are available to them throughout the city.  We will help connect men, women and families with all the resources available to help them get back on their feet and improve their lives.  We also offer Discipleship opportunities, Appointment Assistance, and Transportation.  Some of our current volunteer needs are:

  • Connecting with a client and helping them find resources
  • Transportation (driving or delivering bus passes or donated items)
  • Phone calls to resources to keep our database current
  • Prayer Warriors

Ruth’s Heart is currently helping neighbors every day with needs such as finding emergency shelter, transitional shelter or housing, finding food pantries, getting identification or enrolling in social services and other areas of need.  We also assist in making appointments and providing transportation to these appointments to ensure our clients are able to get the help they need.  We will then keep in contact with our clients and work to build relationships with them so they can count on us for any future needs they may have, continue to help them move forward and improve their lives, and not just address their immediate need.

We have many different opportunities and are always in need of volunteers and donations to further our ministry, please visit our website or find us on facebook for more information about who we are, those we serve and how you can help make a difference in someone’s life!


  1. Thanks for all you are doing for our friends on the streets. You are providing services that they often need and always have trouble getting. You are a blessing to many. Please keep up the great work.

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