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Spotlight On: Breanna Battle

As Assistant Manager of Recreation at Saratoga, Breanna Battle manages programming that allows participants to explore their passions through a diverse selection of activities, from kids soccer practice to adult computer class. Battle and her staff at recreation cultivate this variety intentionally, so that families feel empowered to get involved, regardless of where their

2019-04-30T14:25:43-05:00April 30th, 2019|

Spotlight On: Paola Rodriguez

The first session of HFH Summer Camps 2019 begins on June 28, but camper recruitment efforts are already underway for the summer, when hundreds of New York City kids will enjoy a free sleepaway camp experience. Paola Rodriguez, Camp Registrar for HFH Summer Camps, is responsible for coordinating the team of Camp Recruiters

2019-07-10T16:25:01-05:00March 21st, 2019|

Spotlight On: Celina Rodriguez

As a teenager, Celina Rodriguez, Director of Family Services at Prospect Family Residence, experienced living in a homeless shelter with her single mother and four siblings. Now, she channels that experience into coordinating comprehensive support for homeless families seeking to secure permanent housing and financial stability. “It helps me to communicate with people

2018-12-18T09:43:07-05:00December 18th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Melody Clemons-Smith

Melody Clemons-Smith, Senior Client Care Coordinator (CCC) at Saratoga Family Residence, did not always imagine herself in the field of social work. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Clemons-Smith said. “But I was always a helper at heart.” Working as a microbiology technician at Northwell Hospital for

2018-11-20T11:57:12-05:00November 20th, 2018|

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

2018-08-10T16:07:51-05:00August 10th, 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.

2018-07-20T11:35:46-05:00July 20th, 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

2018-04-26T15:31:10-05:00June 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

2018-04-26T15:12:15-05:00May 15th, 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

2019-06-05T09:08:17-05:00April 23rd, 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

2018-03-26T21:34:12-05:00March 26th, 2018|