About Us

Mission & Philosophy

Hearts Full of Grace is a 501(c)3 non profit organization, committed to serving those in the community who are dealing with food and/or housing instability. The service includes providing hot meals, clothing, toiletry items, snack bags, winter necessities, and empowerment workshops.

Hearts Full of Grace forges connections with other community organizations and businesses such as the Hayes Real Estate Team in order to carry out their mission of community support and empowerment.

Our philosophy is that we were designed to love and serve our community--to reach out and help those who have a need.  It is a human duty, and each person on earth has been Called to Serve in some capacity.


Feeding Programs

HFOG serves hot meals, provides snack bags, and on-the-go lunches to seniors, children, women, and men who are experiencing homelessness, residing in transitional shelter, or have a subsidized income.

Welcome Home Baskets

HFOG prepares baskets for women who are transitioning from shelters to permanent housing.  The baskets include cleaning supplies and toiletry items to help them get started in their new homes.

Bags, Bags, Bags

One of HFOGrace's most popular programs includes the assembling of Blessing Bags, Toiletry bags, and Snack Bags.  The items included vary according to donations and available supplies. 

Annual Drives

Community Outreach

HFOG conducts a number of  Annual Drives throughout the year.  They are: "Sock"cessful Sock Drive, "Tons of Toiletries" Drive, Holiday Food Drive, "Winter Necessities" Drive, and  "The Joy of Toys" Drive.

Empowerment Workshops

HFOG delivers a number of workshops geared toward children and adults in transition and/or crisis.  Themes of the workshop include: Goal Setting, Positive Thinking, Vision Boards, and Walking in Boldness.

Annual Caring & Sharing Fellowship

Every December, HFOG hosts a dinner for individuals experiencing homelessness and for families residing in a selected shelter.  Guests are treated to a hot meal, music, activities, entertainment, clothes, toiletries, and gifts.

About the Founder

Nikkia Smith, a Norfolk, VA native, is a mother of 4 phenomenal children and a veteran educator, whose strong faith in God led her to start Hearts Full of Grace in 2014.  She wanted to help the community and serve those in need all for God's glory.  According to famed poet, Maya Angelou, "Giving liberates the soul of the giver." Nikkia is a firm believer in that as she dedicates her life to serving others.
Nikkia's dedication and efforts have been recognized throughout the community.

  • 2015 "People Taking Action" Award Recipient
  • 2015 Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Recipient
  • 2015 Greater 24 Community Engagement Award Recipient
  • 2015 PAOB Community Leadership Award