Building Fund

Who We Are

Vital voices of Indigenous peoples have long been shrouded, interpreted, misinterpreted, or just plain ignored. The Coalition of Christian Native Americans DBA Native Heart Community Development Association™ (NHCDA) is a faith-based non-profit organization created in 2001.  Our mission is to connect with and empower indigenous leaders and community members to recognize their strengths and resources, and to work together to transform their communities. We are proud to come along side of our Native people to honor and assist them in developing a stronger sense of themselves as Native people.

What We Do

The heart of the organization’s work is creating tribal empowerment programs; writing curricula to implement those programs; and hosting conferences and seminars that promote awareness of issues of concern to Native Americans, and that provide cultural competence training to those who serve Native American populations.  It is all about community development and healing the land, the people, and historical division.

Meeting the Need

Much has occurred in the history of the world that has brought pain and trauma to the First Nations people of the land.  Therefore, much is needed to heal the historical trauma that Native Americans have experienced.  Yet, Native Americans experience a huge disparity of services.  NHCDA takes a wholistic, ‘indigenist’ approach to addressing issues of concern to Native Americans by incorporating best practices from the field of social work with spiritual principles and cultural considerations relevant to historical experiences of Native Americans.  By doing this, the organization is instrumental in helping to close the gap in the disparity of services to First Nations people.

The Challenge

The challenge to Native Heart’s work is that we have never had a facility to do what we do best and what is so badly needed.  That has limited the nature, the scope, and the depth of what we want to do and are capable of doing. We believe that the time is now for that to change.  The funds that we are making an appeal for will go directly for the purchase of a facility to house the work of the ministry.  We have set a modest goal for the purchase of a building of $150,000.  Realty transactions move fast so time is of the essence to receive your contribution.

How you can help.

We would be grateful if you would join us in our work to empower Native Americans to gain ‘ownership’ of their issues; to act as their own advocates; and to have their voices heard in a meaningful way.


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Shirley Frisbee 
Hendersonville, NC
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