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Spotlight On: Georgeann (Gigi) Ramos

“I always had some aspiration to give back to my community,” explained Georgeann Gigi, known by most of her coworkers as Gigi. In her role as operations associate for HFH Summer Camps, Gigi is doing just that– helping kids around her hometown of New York City have access to a real summer camp

June 11th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Dorothea Nixon

Dorothea Nixon, Director of Prospect Family Support Center, credits her success to a strong support system growing up. Now, she’s trying to build that same support system for others. Nixon was born into a family of 5 on Long Island. They bounced from town to town, experiencing intermittent bouts of homelessness, but one thing remained

May 15th, 2018|

Earth Day at MCNY

The Museum of the City of New York, in partnership with DHS, hosted a group from Saratoga’s recreation program for a special Earth Day event. The children were given access to the museum’s Future City Lab, where they were able to use interactive digital tools to build their own vision of a city

April 26th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Shantie Chattergoon

Shantie Chattergoon, born and raised far from New York, uses her job as a receptionist to make sure that all feel at home in the Homes for the Homeless central office. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, in 1987 Chattergoon’s husband got a job that moved the couple and their children to

April 23rd, 2018|

Friars Club Hosts HFH Kids for National “Let’s Laugh” Day

The Friars Club hosted dozens of kids from Homes for the Homeless this Saturday for a reading of What's Making Walter C. Laugh? by Ginny Jordan. Drawing inspiration from P.T. Barnum's belief that, "there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter,"

April 9th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Carjah Dawkins-Hamilton

Carjah Dawkins-Hamilton, Senior Client Care Coordinator at HFH’s Williamsbridge Family Residence, never thought she would be a social worker when she was growing up. “In a lot of Caribbean families, you’re either a nurse, a teacher, that’s the kind of field you get into,” Dawkins-Hamilton­­––who was born in Jamaica––explains. “You don’t really get into social

March 26th, 2018|

Williamsbridge Kids Have Fun With Science

Last week at the Williamsbridge Family Residence’s Recreation Program, children learned to make “lava lamps” using simple items such as vegetable oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer. The purpose of the activity was to teach participants about the properties of liquids. The kids learned that water sunk to the bottom of the bottle, while

March 22nd, 2018|

Spotlight On: Wesley Negron

Making Magic Happen, One Person at a Time Our Spotlight On: series takes a look at the people who keep HFH running. Today’s installment is on Wesley Negron, who brings a touch of magic to the residents at Saratoga. Negron is a 4-to-12 safety supervisor for the Public Safety Department at Saratoga. He

March 7th, 2018|

You’ve Heard of Book Club, What About Job Club?

Book clubs are a way for friends, colleagues, or even strangers to get together to form a community around a common book. Well, at our Prospect Family Inn, the new Job Club, is a way for a community of parents who are temporarily residing in shelter to get together around a common theme--jobs. But

September 22nd, 2017|