Sophia’s Heart September 2011 Newsletter

Compassion Nashville News

Our first family, in the Compassion Nashville transitional home, graduated from our program in July and has moved into their own home! We would like to thank all of our donors and supporters who believed in our mission and our vision for helping homeless children and families stay together during a time of crisis in their lives.

A letter from Compassion Nashville’s first graduating family:

July 22, 2011

Dear Sophia’s Heart

We are coming to an end of our stay and we just wanted to let you know what a great program this is and what you all have meant to us. You will all be sorely missed as we move on to the next stage in our journey called life.

Sophia’s Heart means a lot to us and there are no real words to describe it. When everyone else wanted to spit our family up Sophia’s Heart gave us a safe, secure place to live. They gave us stability and the ability to save money. Through their help we were able to buy a van and save money for our new home. We were able to keep the children in school so that they would not have to do the year over. They helped us put together a budget and stick to it. We know we will never need help of this nature again. We are grateful and thankful for Sophia’s Heart and the staff that worked with us to get us where we are. Thank you Sophia’s Heart we will never forget what you did for us.


John & Wendy

With over 1,700 homeless children in Nashville, our work is not over, it’s just beginning and we need your support! If you believe in the mission and vision of Sophia’s Heart, please consider making a donation to to help us prepare Compassion Nashville for more families struggling with being homeless. Your donation will help us to offer more comprehensive services to those children and families in need. Thank you so much for your support!

Danny Gokey Congratulates Kevin R. Johnson as the Newest Sophia L. Gokey Scholarship Recipient!

Kevin‘s empathy for kids in hospitals developed from his own recovery from multiple corrective heart surgeries. As a result of his experiences he has developed an interest in the bio medical field. He is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying biomedical engineering. Kevin is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. You can read more about Kevin and why he was chosen for this honor at:

2010 Sophia L. Gokey Scholarship Awardee

The Sophia L. Gokey Scholarship was established in 2009 to honor students that persevere through significant roadblocks, setbacks or challenges. In spite of their circumstances they are committed to their dream, excel in school and also choose to get involved to make their communities better.

To apply for the 2011 scholarship, please go to

The deadline to apply is January 2nd, 2012.

Sophia’s Heart was inspired by the life of an extraordinary woman whose love of children overflowed and touched the lives of countless others. Sophia Gokey was a compassionate woman who, despite her heart condition, remained full of optimism, energy and selflessness. After her passing, Sophia’s Heart was created to develop her legacy and to share the heart she possessed by a living continual demonstration of her love.

The Sophia’s Heart Choir & Dance Troupe opened for Danny at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival – July 6, 2011 in Milwaukee, WI

Taking the stage before thousands of Danny Gokey fans, the Sophia’s Heart Choir & Dance Troupe performed a medley of songs and dances from the Billboard Top 20 Charts. They also joined Danny Gokey in singing “It’s Only” and “I Still Believe” during his concert.

The Sophia’s Heart Choir & Dance Troupe features youth singers and dancers from Milwaukee’s central city schools. For more information on participating in the Sophia’s Heart Choir & Dance Team, please contact Jeff Krumbein at 414-333-9211

The First Annual Charity Bike Ride for Sophia’s Heart

The First Annual Charity Bike Ride for Sophia’s Heart took place Saturday, August 20, 2011 from Kopp’s Frozen Custard in Brookfield, Wisconsin and headed over 60 miles to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to see Danny Gokey and the Sophia’s Heart Choir & Dance Troupe perform at the Dodge County Fair.

Sophia’s Heart teamed up with the Ladies of Harley Davidson and The Milwaukee Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) motorcycle clubs to help raise money for Sophia’s Heart. A very special thank you to Sophia’s Heart volunteers – Rex and Marel Nelson for spearheading this fundraising event for Sophia’s Heart! It was a great ride for everyone! Look for more information as next year’s ride promises to be bigger and better!

Sophia’s Heart Milwaukee Choir & Dance Troupe Perform at Festa Italiana

The 2012 Danny Gokey Cruise to benefit Sophia’s Heart sets sail from Miami on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Besides the main attraction of warm weather cruising with Danny Gokey and his band, this cruise features another draw: Matt Giraud – of American Idol – will joining the entertainment line up!

Guests will have opportunities to tour Key West and Cozumel as they cruise the beautiful Caribbean Sea from February 2nd through February 6th. Fun activities also include auctions of items from Danny and other artists, private concerts featuring Danny and artistic guests, leisurely ship activities aboard the Carnival Destiny and Super Bowl Sunday fun. Proceeds from the cruise and auctions will benefit Sophia’s Heart. For more information and to register visit:

2012 Danny Gokey Cruise to Benefit Sophia’s Heart

The Sophia’s Heart Milwaukee Choir & Dance Team performed at Festa Italiana July 21–24, 2011 on the U.S. Cellular Stage . Festa Italiana is the country’s largest Italian-American festival. Festa, as it’s commonly referred to, is a celebration of Italian food, arts and culture. Sophia’s Heart Performing Arts programs feature singers and dancers 7th – 10th grade from Milwaukee’s central city schools performing for the community to a Billboard Top 20 , contemporary format. For more information on participating in our program, please contact Jeff Krumbein at .