Snapshot: Families at HFH Trapped in Conditional Status

HFH's latest snapshot examines the application process for shelter eligibility. When applying for shelter, clients are in 'conditional status.' Nearly a fourth of clients are in conditional status at any time, and many remain in this limbo, reapplying for eligibility, for months. Download this PDF Snapshot

2022-07-13T08:51:16-05:00July 6th, 2022|

HFH Staff Volunteers Plant the Seeds for a Great Summer

In preparation for a fun-filled summer at HFH Summer Camps, a volunteer group of staff members headed up to Camp Wakonda in Harriman State Park to plant a garden of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. As part of what is fast-becoming an annual tradition—“Camp Cleanup Day”—team members

2022-07-12T08:18:35-05:00June 17th, 2022|

“Saratoga Silly Project” Gives Voice to Youth Experiences

The “Saratoga Silly Project,” a collection of ceramics, claymation, and animation, will be displayed in an interactive gallery at Saratoga Family Residence. The project features clay sculpture characters based on children at Saratoga sculpted by Beverly George, a recreation coordinator in the afterschool program.

2022-06-22T10:54:13-05:00June 16th, 2022|

Spotlight On: Hilda Figueroa (Leer en español)

In her nearly three decades working in the housekeeping department, Hilda Figueroa has been known to light up any room she walks into at Saratoga Family Residence in Jamaica, Queens. It’s a quality that other staff at Saratoga have come to cherish, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, when many struggled to

2022-06-08T09:10:53-05:00June 7th, 2022|

Writopia Festival Showcases Scripts by Saratoga Afterschool Students

Earlier this month, the creativity of Saratoga Family Residence’s afterschool students took center stage at the Worldwide Plays Festival in Bryant Park. The festival was produced by Writopia, a non-profit that offers creative writing workshops for children ages 2-18. Writopia has been collaborating with HFH since 2013, primarily providing supplemental afterschool

2022-06-08T09:15:30-05:00June 6th, 2022|

Tyrone Squire: From Happy Camper to Dedicated Administrator

“Life changed for me when I started camp.” For Camp Administrator Tyrone Squire, camp has “always been in his heart.” Growing up in Fullerton, CA, he spent his summers at a Boy Scout camp off the coast of California. Since starting with HFH in 2015, Tyrone has translated his positive camp

2022-06-08T09:15:51-05:00June 2nd, 2022|

Testing Out Trades with Tools & Tiaras

Afterschool students at Saratoga Family Residence tested out the trade of plumbing with a recent workshop, hosted by Tools & Tiaras, that portrayed how water filtration systems operate. Students learned the significance of the field of plumbing and the job security that can be gained by entering the trade. The

2022-06-08T09:16:50-05:00May 13th, 2022|

Spotlight on: Charima Thompson

Charima Thompson began her professional journey at HFH working at Prospect Family Residence in the safety department. After five years in safety—starting as a Safety Aide and then receiving a promotion to Safety Supervisor—she decided to chase her aspirations and apply to a position as a Housing Specialist at HFH’s newest

2022-06-08T09:17:12-05:00April 26th, 2022|
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