History: Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.) for Children, Inc. was founded in 2003 by two University of Georgia graduates who had two separate but similar experiences working alongside children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. They observed that though the children’s basic needs (food, housing, and medical attention) were being addressed, they received no specific ‘quality of life’ (QOL) care services. They decided to explore this problem in Georgia. Research found that of the 500 organizations serving persons with HIV/AIDS in the state, only 12 provided services to children, and none addressed the QOL needs of these children. As a result, H.E.R.O. for Children was created.
Quality of life: We define quality of life as the degree to which an individual enjoys physical, social, and emotional well-being, and sees him/herself as being able to experience future success and fulfillment.
Mission: H. E.R.O. for Children, Inc.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections with the community.