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  • vision boards

Parents Create Vision Boards at Williamsbridge Family Services

Lucy Castro, Employment Specialist at Williamsbridge, designed a six-week workshop for parents to visualize the intersection of homelessness, mental health, unemployment, family, and love through the assembly of vision boards. According to Castro, the workshop was intended to create "a safe place for clients to express their past sufferings and present distress through

2020-03-12T13:55:44-05:00March 12th, 2020|

2019 Year-In-Review

As we settle into 2020, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate the HFH families, staff, and supporters who've guided and enriched our programming in 2019. With the number of families experiencing homelessness in New York City on the rise from approximately 8,000 families in 2004 to more than 12,000

2020-03-31T12:01:51-05:00March 12th, 2020|
  • black history month

Oral Storyteller Brings African Folktales to Young Learners

Adadoma Bediako, an oral storyteller, visited Prospect Early Childhood Education Center for an interactive lesson on African folktales. The storytelling show formed a part of the children's Black History Month celebrations, which also included lessons on black inventors like Garrett Morgan, inventor of the traffic light. Bediako began the lesson with a folktale

2020-03-11T15:40:15-05:00March 11th, 2020|

OMG! The Saratoga Eagles Shimmer and Shine at OMG Accessories Party

Girls of all ages at Saratoga took a break from their mid-winter recess dance practices, gymnastics lessons, and LEGO team preparations for a special giveaway party planned and facilitated by staff at OMG Accessories, an NYC-based line of pink unicorn-themed bags and accessories. The giveaway was planned for mid-February to coincide with Valentine's

2020-02-26T12:00:22-05:00February 25th, 2020|
  • Valentine's Day

The Williamsbridge Wolverines Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Staff at Williamsbridge took advantage of students' mid-winter recess to throw a belated Valentine's Day Party for students in Williamsbridge Recreation and Early Childhood Education Center. During school breaks, HFH K-12 Afterschool & Recreation programs adjust into a full-day program to accommodate parents' schedules. The Williamsbridge Wolverines expressed universal delight at the their

2020-03-11T10:24:35-05:00February 21st, 2020|
  • Saratoga's Lego Team

Saratoga’s Lego Team Headed to the Semifinals!

Saratoga's Lego Team has advanced to the semifinals of the DYCD Youth Leggo my LEGO competition. The competition is a partnership between the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) and FIRST LEGO League, an international hands-on robotics initiative. Saratoga Afterschool forms a part of DYCD's COMPASS NYC service, a network of

2020-02-13T10:38:50-05:00February 13th, 2020|

A Week in the Life with the Prospect Lions

For the Prospect Lions, every afternoon boasts the perfect blend of consistency and novelty. Weekly afterschool classes in dance, nutrition, and yoga help build off of prior lessons and form a sense of stability for students. Monthly or bi-monthly lessons in topics like health, financial literacy, and college preparation likewise form a key

2019-12-04T11:29:56-05:00December 4th, 2019|

Lufthansa Helps Young Minds Take Flight at Saratoga

A group of volunteers from Lufthansa embodied the spirit of corporate social responsibility during a visit to Saratoga Afterschool. Employees from the international airline spent the afternoon teaching students about aviation and global cultures. Saratoga Family Residence is located close to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Therefore, Saratoga Afterschool provided the perfect landing

2019-12-03T15:47:38-05:00December 3rd, 2019|

Parents ‘Celebrate Their Greatness’ at Williamsbridge

On November 21, Williamsbridge Family Services held a 'Celebrate Your Greatness' event for parents. The event featured interview tips, professional makeup artists, and a barber. Parents also participated in self-care workshops and received professionally shot LinkedIn photos. Family Services staff, volunteers, and partners at Red Lips for Change and That Suits You facilitated the event.

2019-12-02T15:58:08-05:00December 2nd, 2019|

Families Get in the Spooky Spirit for Halloween at HFH

Throughout the month of October, families and staff have been getting into the Halloween spirit with dances, pumpkin patches, and spooky art projects. We kicked off the season by distributing Halloween costumes donated by the residents of Sleepy Hallow and Tarrytown. The towns' donation drive resulted in over 50 costumes for kids at

2019-11-26T16:58:36-05:00October 31st, 2019|