Heart of Compassion


We build bridges of hope with practical life skills and services that transform one child, one family, one community at a time. Our initiatives, projects, and services are reflective of our values and faith in Jesus Christ.

Our History

In February of 2002, Pastor John Dooley cast a vision to a group of pastors in the Hampton Roads Area challenging them to put aside any thoughts of working alone and join together as one Body serving our Lord. Twenty pastors responded to the call and began doing just that. This vision was affirmed when a vital forerunner of Heart of Compassion Partnerships, Hampton Roads United Christians, contacted Pastor Dooley and stated that they felt their time had come to an end and offered to turn over their 501(c)(3) to Heart of Compassion Partnerships. Pastor Dooley gratefully accepted this incredible gift which allowed Heart of Compassion Partnerships to establish itself and grow.

Heart of Compassion Partnerships derives its name from the Colossians 3:12 passage in Scripture that states, “put on a heart of compassion…” This is indeed the operational focus of Heart of Compassion Partnerships, as people of faith from across many spectrums have come together to serve the poor in our community. From tutoring children, to equipping adults and families, to doing house repairs and yard work for the working poor and the elderly, Heart of Compassion Partnerships is now impacting the community through strategic partnerships with churches, civic groups, the police, and local governments in ways that have won national recognition by the Neighborhood USA group.

Our Activities

By building a focused group of community-based churches and volunteers to serve the residents of the city, we accomplish the following:


Build a bridge between healthy family values and long-term solutions that strengthen families.


Build a bridge between community partners that enables them to participate in something bigger than themselves. We are currently in the following communities: Forest Cove, Hunters Point, MacDonald Manor, and Portlock.


Build a bridge between urban and suburban churches to effectively extend grace and compassion and build successful relationships with those they serve.


Build a bridge of training to local leadership that enables them to effectively invest their local assets.

Coordinate, Engage, Impact

Our Purpose

To serve compassion based charities in Hampton Roads through strategic partnerships in order to facilitate transformation one child - one family - one community at a time.

Core Values

Hope for Hurting Humanity
Encouraging visible functional unity of the Body of Christ
Accountable Relationships
Reconciliation of people to God and to each other
Transformation of Hampton Roads

Our Strategy For Success