Category Archives: Hearts & Homes events


Hearts & Homes Annual Charity Golf Tournament is right around the corner! Help us raise money for our programs by purchasing a sponsorship, sponsoring a team, or playing in our tournament. We’re looking forward to a fun filled day of golf, networking, contests, games and prizes for all skill levels. Contact Valerie Snogren –  for more info or visit our website at See you on the green!

We love our volunteers!

We were privileged to have this group of folks from Transwestern, including HHY Board Member Joe McCormick, come to our Avis Birely Home to paint and work in the yard. It was fun working with them, and we greatly appreciate their hard work!


The Emerging Class of Leadership Montgomery visited our Helen Smith Home to paint. They had a good time making the house look more beautiful and talking with the girls. We’re thankful for their help!

HHY is pleased to partner with Dominique Hinton of Children’s Birthday Miracles. They’re providing monthly birthday parties for our youth. The first party was held at a bowling alley and was a huge success!

Many thanks to volunteer, Nikki Abban! She recently moved here from New York City after working in the documentary film industry there. She’s providing workshops for our girls . We’re excited for them to have this artistic experience, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they create!

In Memory

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our cherished founders, Judge John C. Tracey. If not for him and his passion, we would not have served over 41,000 young people since 1964. He will always be remembered in our hearts and in our homes.


Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Counselor, Vanessa Johnson, for being our Employee of the Month! Vanessa runs a tight ship at our John C. Tracey home. She has tremendous rapport with the girls in the program, and they love her home cooking! The house is always in tip-top shape because Vanessa gets the job done, and makes sure the girls have everything they need.

Another successful year for Hearts & Homes on the Green!

Hearts & Homes on the Green was held at Argyle Country Club on May 15. We were excited to welcome 100 golfers. The day started with registration, a continental breakfast, and a Bloody Mary Bar complete with vodka donated by Tito’s. The golfers had a shotgun start at 10am. Drinks and a box lunch were provided on the course. The day ended with appetizers in the ballroom, an awards ceremony, and silent auction items to bid on. The foursome from Right at Home, headed up by our own board member, Lew Myers, won the event. Stay tuned for info about next year’s tournament. To view photos click here!


Save the Date! Hearts & Homes On the Green Golf Tournament – May 15, 2017

Get out your golf clubs and join us for our annual golf tournament fundraiser to raise money for the programs that serve the youth in our care! Come enjoy a day of golf, network with top executives, and support a great cause!

All proceeds will go toward Hearts & Homes for Youth’s vocational training program, to empower the youth in our care to develop their professional abilities, leadership skills, career goals, and to become productive members of the community!

Monday, May 15, 2017
10am Shotgun Start, Scramble

Argyle Country Club
14600 Argyle Club Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Individual Golfer – $250
Foursome – $1000

Click here to register


Our Sponsors

Contest Sponsors

Vic Seested III & Biani Seested 

Breakfast & Lunch Sponsors

Beverage & Bloody Mary Bar Sponsors

Sign Sponsor

Additional Sponsors

BB&T’s “Coming Together” – A Casino Night! – February 25, 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to roll the dice at TPC Potomac for BB&T’s “Coming Together” – A Casino Night! Join us for a night of entertainment, dancing, and networking as we celebrate Black History month and raise money for Hearts & Homes for Youth’s foster care program!

Click here to see more & to register! »

Our Sponsors


Judith Bernardi

BB&T’s “Coming Together” – Casino Night


Join us for “Coming Together” Casino Night hosted and organized by BB&T Market President and Hearts & Homes Board Chair Thomas Ransom to bring business and civic leaders together! Join us for great music by a live R&B band as we celebrate of Black History month and raise money and awareness for kids who are at-risk!

February 25, 2017
TPC Potomac
10000 Oaklyn Dr, Potomac, MD 20854

$150 per Individual Ticket

Click here to register

Presented by BB&T Bank for the charitable benefit of
Hearts & Homes for Youth

Sponsorship Opportunities

$5,000 – 20 tickets and program & website recognition

$2,500 – 10 tickets and program & website recognition

$1,500 – 6 tickets and program & website recognition

$2,500 Casino Sponsor – 4 tickets and program & website recognition

$2,500 Entertainment Sponsor – 4 tickets and program & website recognition

Our Sponsors



Support Hearts & Homes for Youth on Giving Tuesday!

hhy-logo-giving-tuesdayHearts & Homes for Youth is asking for your support today for #GivingTuesday, hoping to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season!

#GivingTuesday is an international movement that inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their communities, and give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

This #GivingTuesday, Hearts & Homes for Youth is asking for your support to help raise money to expand our art therapy program to reach all of the youth in our care!

Make a contribution today online or mail to address below – please write “Giving Tuesday” in the comment section.

Hearts & Homes for Youth ♥
3919 National Drive, Suite 400
Burtonsville, MD 20866

Hearts & Homes for Youth and MOD Pizza join together to Spread MODness in Celebration of MOD’s Eighth Birthday


MOD to donate $1 for every pizza sold to provide hope for at-risk youth and families

HOUSTON (November 14, 2016) – MOD Pizza, known for its focus on making a positive impact in their communities, is teaming up with Hearts & Homes for Youth to launch its annual Spreading MODness campaign in Columbia, MD.  The MOD Squad will be donating $1.00 for every pizza sold to Hearts & Homes for Youth from November 22 through 27, 2016.

MOD Pizza, 10000 Town Center Ave, Columbia, MD 21044

Hearts & Homes for Youth joins over 175 non-profits across the U.S. that will be the beneficiaries of Spreading MODness 2016 – a week at MOD which is focused on supporting at-risk youth and families across the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Spreading MODness again this year! Last year, the donation went toward general operating expenses, which includes necessities, academic support, recreational experiences, and so much more to support the growth, development, and healing of the youth in our care. Many of our kids have gone without unconditional support, reassurance, and sometimes the basic necessities,” said Chloe Perez, President & CEO. “The holidays are a HARD time of year for the kiddos at Hearts & Homes, but it’s also a special time of year! We wrap as much LOVE and HOPE around them as possible. Thank you to MOD Pizza for supporting local charities!”

Added Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza, “Our birthday is always a special week – it is a time when we spotlight the idea that ‘simply doing the right thing’ – taking care of one another and our communities – can have a lasting impact.  Moments of generosity and gratitude happen daily in our stores, and we want to pay that forward to our communities. We are proud to call these inspiring charities our partners and to help draw attention to the important work they do every day.”

This year celebrates the fourth year of Spreading MODness, and through its celebration of “Gratitude with Attitude”, each of MOD’s 182 stores will be supporting their local charity, with a goal to donate over $250,000 in 18 states and the UK. To learn more watch Spreading MODness 2016 or visit our blog to see stories on how MOD is using their business as a platform for good.



A pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas and salads are made on demand, letting customers choose whatever they like from over 30 toppings, all for one set price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that’s committed to being a force for good in the community – creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD was recently ranked as America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic; earned a spot on the Inc. 500 list as one of American’s fastest-growing private companies in 2016, and the Inc. 5000 in 2015; and was recognized by Fortune as one of the 20 best workplaces in retail for its progressive hiring practices and career-growth opportunities. MOD has locations across 18 states and the U.K. To learn more, visit

ABOUT Hearts & Homes for Youth:

Hearts & Homes for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young survivors to build brighter futures. Youth in our care have experienced abused, neglect, mental health issues, homelessness, and other trauma. We provide them with a stable homelike environment and supportive services to enable them to make positive life choices.

Hearts & Homes for Youth – November Newsletter

newsletterCheck out our November Newsletter to stay in the know! Our newsletter includes information about upcoming events, recent events, the efforts of our supports, youth success stories, and opportunities to get involved!

This month we are highlighting the 2nd Annual Squisito Car Show, which takes place at Burtonsville Crossing on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10am – 2pm!

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GFWC Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs hosts Literacy Day

literacy-1Thank you GFWC Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs for hosting a Literacy Day on Saturday for the girls in our programs! The event was part of the GFWC‘s 2016 Junior Fall Conference: Brightening Our Future, and was led by GFWC chairperson, Rebecca Wagman.
The GFWC Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs also provided Hearts & Homes for Youth with a monetary donation of $50! Thank you for your support to help us empower the youth to build brighter futures!