Every Friday, parents at Saratoga come together for Ms. Laura's cooking class, where they learn family-friendly recipes that combine affordability with nutrition. The classes are also a chance for parents to enjoy themselves, exchange international recipes, and bond over food and family.
In mid-February, Williamsbridge kicked off its new monthly family engagement program with a show produced by Petland, a live interactive animal experience featuring hedge hogs, lizards, tarantulas, and other creatures.
After months of rehearsals, discussions, and poster painting sessions, families and staff at Saratoga Family Residence saw their hard work come to life at a family talent show. The show was planned largely in response to a request from Star P, a mother who resides at Saratoga alongside two of her sons and
In early February, staff at HFH family residences had the opportunity to connect with representatives from local community organizations at two resource fairs, gathering information and resources that will help them to offer the best possible services to their clients at HFH family residences. Staff from HFH’s Bronx locations—Prospect and Williamsbridge—attended the first
At last month’s “F is for Family” workshop, families from Prospect Family Residence and afterschool had the opportunity to engage with the new set of resources developed by Sesame Street in Communities to help explain the experience of homelessness to young children. “It’s so important for all kids to see their lived experiences
Every year, Rob Germosen, driver at Williamsbridge Family Residence, looks forward to socializing and celebrating with fellow staff and Williamsbridge residents at their annual holiday party. “I was with the cotton candy machine,” he recalls of the previous year’s event. That kind of enthusiastic participation is characteristic of Germosen’s welcoming presence at Williamsbridge.
2018 was a year filled with innovative accomplishments, partnerships, and initiatives. We strengthened existing parent programming like Family Works while launching unique new pilot programs like Babies and Brunch. Our after-school, recreation, and early childhood education staff continued to develop engaging new ways of sparking the imagination of children in
At the annual Teen Leader Retreat, participants in the HFH Summer Camps Teen Leader Program gathered for a weekend filled with ropes courses and reminiscing after a summer spent acting as mentors at HFH Summer Camps. The Teen Leader Program, which lasts for three years, gives participants the opportunity to mentor younger campers
At the annual KidCare Holiday Party, children from Prospect afterschool had the opportunity to celebrate the season with special treats, gifts, and activities, facilitated by KidCare volunteers and Prospect afterschool staff. The event offers the children a memorable start to the holiday season, and ensures that they have the opportunity to take full
At Williamsbridge Recreation, every month brings a new theme for educational engagement, often focusing on topics underserved in the classroom. The highlight of last month's science theme was a KidCare-sponsored trip to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ where students engaged with exhibits exploring the human body, animal science, and mechanics.