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Spotlight On: Vivian Vera

When Vivian Vera, Senior Accountant in the Homes for the Homeless (HFH) Finance office, applied for college, her grandfather suggested that she study accounting. “My mom was the only one who supported us, so my grandfather was like a father in my life.” She took his advice, and the rest is history. Born

August 10th, 2018|

Second Annual Family Safety Day Made a Splash at Saratoga

Saratoga recently hosted its second annual Family Safety Day, an outdoor event complete with carnival games, barbeque food, community enrichment, and more. Members of FDNY’s Safety Education Unit as well as NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau were on hand to get to know Saratoga’s families and staff better. As a part of the Fire

August 7th, 2018|

The Nature Company Brought the Outdoors Inside

Students in the Saratoga and Prospect Early Childhood Education Centers (ECEC) were thrilled when The Nature Company paid each of their classrooms an interactive visit. As a part of the company's Pre-K travelzoo program, presenters performed a puppet show and brought live animals along for the fun. Through three educational segments—Sounds

July 20th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Javier Marin

Javier Marin, a maintenance worker at Saratoga, has been working hard since the age of 14. His outstanding work ethic continues to attract notice at Homes for the Homeless (HFH). Marin has lived in Queens for 18 years. Born and raised in Colombia, he moved to the United States in his early 30s.

July 20th, 2018|

Party Planning That Pays It Forward

Homes for the Homeless (HFH) is proud to spotlight our partners at Modern Rebel & Co. who transform special events into charitable occasions. Modern Rebel founder Amy Shackelford started the company with the idea of planning weddings while also donating a cut of the profits to charity. Modern Rebel began doing so by

June 28th, 2018|

Saratoga Shines at Entrepreneurship Competition

The kids from Saratoga Afterschool show some suds in this behind-the-scenes video of the Squeaky Clean Soap production process. Watch them prepare for the Young Sharks entrepreneurship competition, where they won a certificate of excellence from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. We couldn't be prouder of our young students or

June 19th, 2018|

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|