As we enter the winter months, HFH is working to ensure that families at HFH Family Residences have continued access to quality education, employment, and recreation opportunities.

As the school year progresses, early childhood education students have been exploring jazz through virtual workshops, while K-12 students have been connecting with volunteer virtual tutors from the UC San Diego PAL program. For Halloween this year, staff at HFH Early Childhood Education Centers and K-12 Afterschool & Recreation got creative with spooky classroom decorations, virtual pumpkin decorating, and colorful goodie bags. Meanwhile, Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment has graduated its first cohort from Knife Skills, which provides adult students with the fundamental techniques required for employment in the culinary industry.
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Halloween at HFH: Pumpkin Decorating, Spooky Slime & More
Halloween may have looked a little different this year, but our Early Childhood Education and K-12 Afterschool & Recreation staff still worked hard to ensure their students could have a safe, special, and spooky celebration.

The Saratoga Scoop Presents...Meet the Eagles!
Budding reporters for the Saratoga Scoop, Saratoga's in-house K-12 Communications Club, caught up with their fellow students about afterschool, in-person learning, and life at Saratoga for an upcoming video.

As always, our work wouldn't be possible without the staff, partners, volunteers, and supporters who ensure that Homes for the Homeless can continue to provide support for over 700 children and their families each year.
Early Childhood Ed Students Explore Jazz with Ms. Riza

Students at Prospect Early Childhood Education had a blast making music (and homemade instruments) during their virtual Jazz Explorer Camp with Ms. Riza, founder of RiMarcable Music for Arts & Education.

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Collaborator Spotlight: Columbia AAPD
The AAPD at Columbia donated 600 toothbrushes with toothpaste to families at HFH, along with a virtual workshop on dental hygiene and oral care for children of all ages, especially young children. The workshop provided vital advice for families, many of whom have experienced disruptions in dental care due to the pandemic.

Our Family Services Department is the nucleus of what we do. When a family comes into shelter, that is that first department that they really work with. Our overall goal is to have this experience of homelessness be their only or last experience of homelessness.

- Annamaria Santoro, Senior Director of Operations at HFH
HFH's Participates in UNANIMA Webinar on Family Homelessness
On World’s Children’s Day, Annamaria Santoro, HFH’s Senior Director of Operations, participated in a webinar on global family homelessness and the UN Sustainable Development Goals organized by UNANIMA International.

First Cohort Graduates from Knife Skills at Allie's Place

This November, Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment graduated its first Knife Skills cohort. The Center's Knife Skills program consists of six sessions covering the foundations of kitchen culture and cutting techniques.

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“During the last several months, we have all experienced a new type of isolation that is especially difficult for children and youth who are missing the in-person connections with their teachers and friends. It has been wonderful to connect the HFH youth to the PAL students who are so thoughtful, caring, experienced and reliable.”

- Hannah Immerman, Senior Programs Associate at HFH
HFH Collaborates with UC San Diego PAL Program
Through a collaboration with the UC San Diego’s Partners at Learning (PAL) program, K-12 students at HFH are participating in virtual tutoring. UC San Diego’s This Week news magazine featured the collaboration in an article about PAL.

Our Wish List: Winter Coats & Accessories
HFH is seeking new donations of winter coats and accessories for all ages. If you are purchasing from Amazon this holiday season, please consider using HFH's Amazon Smile link, which provides a donation to HFH for each dollar spent.

For more information on donations, please email
Village Community Schools Donates Halloween Costumes
For eight years, the Village Community School has been supporting families at HFH through donations. This year, they donated seven bins of Halloween costumes for children of all ages, including some of our most requested themes, like Zombie Cheerleader and Paw Patrol

Makeup Bag Donation from IPSY for Families at HFH
Makeup subscription service IPSY donated colorful makeup bags along with makeup product samples to benefit families at HFH.

Garden of Dreams Foundation Donates Basketballs & T-Shirts to Saratoga
Through our collaboration with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, Saratoga Family Residence received a donation of basketballs, T-shirts, and children’s books from the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

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