Category Archives: Hearts & Homes events

Hearts & Homes for Youth teams up with local police departments

IMG_2433 On Wednesday, August 24, Hearts & Homes for Youth is teaming up with the Montgomery County Police Department and the Rockville City Police Department to host a very special back to school picnic!

Every year, Hearts & Homes for Youth hosts a back to school picnic for the kids we serve, who are primarily teenagers who are at-risk. For this year’s picnic, we partnering with Montgomery County Police and Takoma Park Police in effort to have a positive, peaceful gathering for our young people and law enforcement!

Many of the interactions are kids have had with police were negative and this is an opportunity for our kids to eat, dance, play sports and ask questions of officers. It is also an opportunity for police officers to get to know our kids and tell them more about what they do.

When Hearts & Homes CEO/President Chloe Perez reached out to the Montgomery County Chief of Police and Hearts & Homes Board Member Thomas Manger, he responded to the opportunity immediately as an avenue to build stronger relationships in the community.

IMG_2432To start building rapport with youth in our care, Montgomery County Police officers came to one of our group homes last week to spend time with our youth. They enjoyed a great lunch together, talked about challenges of being profiled and misunderstood, and played video games.

Hearts & Homes for Youth is elated to be working together with local police to make our community safer and build healthy relationships. Learn more about the event at 8:30 am tomorrow morning when Hearts & Homes CEO/President Chloe Perez will be on Good Morning Washington with one of the young men in our care and a police officer! We are looking forward to seeing the officers at the picnic tomorrow!

Comfort Cases delivers to Hearts & Homes for Youth

imagejpeg_0Comfort Cases came to Hearts & Homes for Youth’s main office earlier this summer to drop off backpacks for new teens entering our programs.

Comfort Cases is a non-profit organization that gives children entering foster care the basic essentials to help them through the start of a new life in an unfamiliar home. The organization provides backpacks and duffel bags filled with necessities such as pajamas, slippers, soap, shampoo, other toiletries, coloring books, stuffed animals and blankets.

Hearts & Homes for Youth CEO and President Chloe Perez said the recent donation is greatly appreciated.

“It makes a world of difference for the young people entering our programs when we are able to welcome them with new backpacks and clothing, comfort items, and basic necessities that are their own.”

Comfort Cases has been providing comfort cases to children and teens at Hearts & Homes for Youth for a number of years. Rob Chasteen-Scheer, Founder of Comfort Cases, was in foster care as a child and understands how much it means to have the backpack full of items.

“We want them to receive something that comforts them, something of their own. We want them to realize how important they are. With the staggering number of children that enter the foster care system, we as a community can make a difference for them during their journey.”

Princess Party 2016

The Princess Party is a magical night put together by staff and volunteers, to give the girls and young women in our care an opportunity to feel like Princesses!

The girls arrive at the event, not knowing what to expect, and they are welcomed to the Princess Party! A volunteer partners up with each girl and helps them pick out a dress, shoes, and accessories, Then the girls are led to a room where volunteers do their hair and makeup.

The girls enjoy food and sweets donated from local businesses like Squisito Pizza and Pasta!

It is incredible watching the girls smile a little more, stand a little straighter, and amazing to seem them let go and have fun! Just as you think the party couldn’t get better, Markita Bryant, Miss Rhode Island United States 2013, arrives and adds a new level of energy to the party. She teaches the girls how to walk the runway, show their personality, and be proud of who they are!


Are you ready to Do More?

DM24Did you know that you have the power to create positive change in our community? Today thousands of people in the Washington, DC area are coming together to Do More!

Do More 24 is our region’s biggest giving day. The 24-hour online fundraiser is powered by United Way of the National Capital Area and it will bring together 600 nonprofits on one easy-to-use donation platform.

Hearts & Homes for Youth is focusing on raising money to provide our youth with unique educational, vocational, and recreational experiences! The unique experiences will help the youth realize their talents, build their confidence, and develop the sill-set and insight necessary to build brighter futures! What does that look like?

  • $625 for one week of summer camp classes for five 3-5-year olds at $125 each
  • $200 for driver training hours required for a driver’s license for one youth
  • $200 for 10 art classes for one foster youth interested in learning drawing techniques
  • $150 for 10 Mommy and Me Motor Skills Development classes for one of our young mothers looking to bond with her newborn
  • $150 for one double stroller for one young mother
  • $50 for one cello lesson, which is a regular therapeutic activity for one of our foster children

Want to get involved? Here are some ways you can Do More:

  1. Donate. On June 2nd, go to and donate to your favorite nonprofit organizations.
  2. Follow Hearts & Homes for Youth for Do More 24 updates on Facebook at and Twitter at @heartsandhomes4. Be sure to tweet using the #DoMore24 hash tag.

Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on June 2nd. One Day. Our Community. Let’s build a stronger community on June 2nd.!Learn more at

Hearts & Homes Day at the Park

i-PbwkLXP-XLOn Friday, July 8, from 6pm-10pm, Hearts & Homes for Youth will be the featured nonprofit of the night at the Bethesda Big Train vs. DC Grays baseball game! Get your tickets and join us for this great game!

Click here to buy your tickets for $10!

Proceeds from the event benefit Hearts & Homes for Youth, which provides quality residential and supportive services to over 150 children and teens who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma throughout the state of Maryland, to empower them to make brighter futures.

Second Annual Squisito’s Car Show

Mark your calendar for the Second Annual Squisito Car Show where we will see Italian, American, Japanese/Import, and European cars! There will be first, second, and third place trophies for each category voted for by spectators! It’s a family event so everyone is welcome! Lots of good folks, cars, fun, food, soft drinks, live DJ and music, awards, prizes and raffles! Fun for everyone!

2nd Annual Squisito Car Show
Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center
November 5, 2016
10am – 3pm

Click here to register!

Training Workshop: Common Child Mental Health Disorders Experienced by Youth in the Child Welfare System

familyOn Wednesday, February 24, Dr. Geetha Gopalan will lead a Category I CEU training authorized by MD BSWE on “Common Child Mental Health Disorders Experienced by Youth in the Child Welfare System.” 2 Category I CEUs will be awarded.
The cost is $25, to register, please RSVP to Valerie Snogren
Geetha Gopalan, LCSW, Ph.D. received both her MSW, in 2006, and her Ph.D. in 2009, from the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in Baltimore. Through the doctoral program, Dr. Gopalan focused on mental health service program development, implementation, and dissemination for inner-city, minority youth, and their families. Since her graduation from Columbia in 2009, she has participated in two NIMH-funded intervention research training institutes, the NIH Loan Repayment Program, and a three-year, NIMH-funded National Research Science Award Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Gopalan’s interests focus on family-level interventions to improve youth mental health and reduce youth risk behavior, particularly for families with intensive service involvement and extreme psychosocial needs (such as those involved in the child welfare system). She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded study to implement a Multiple Family Groups (MFG) intervention originally provided by advanced mental health practitioners (Masters or PhDs) to reduce child disruptive behavior difficulties, so that it can be delivered by caseworkers providing placement prevention services to child welfare involved families.
Dr. Gopalan’s training today will focus on common child mental health disorders manifested by children and youth involved in the child welfare system. Information will be presented on characteristic symptoms, assessment tools, and an overview of relevant evidence-based treatments for each disorder.


Share-A-Haircut – Feb. 1st and 2nd!

11222407_10154060717164746_6554481522931634159_nWe are excited to announce that Hair Cuttery is conducting its third annual Share-A-Haircut program to provide haircuts to youth in the care of Hearts & Homes for Youth! A fresh haircut can help our children and teens shine from within and feel more confident with a new style!

On February 1st and February 2nd every time a haircut is purchased at any Hair Cuttery salon, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to Hearts and Homes for Youth!

In 2015, Hair Cuttery donated 50,000 free haircut certificates to members of our communities! Let’s make it happen again!