Category Archives: Hearts & Homes events

May Newsletter

Fashion show for Hearts & Homes

On Saturday, April 14th, Picole Kids sponsored a Children’s Global Fashion Show at Tyson’s Corner. Hearts & Homes for Youth was one of the charities receiving proceeds from the event. Picole Kids mission is to celebrate personal confidence, self-acceptance, and positive self-image. Prior to the show, Gisella Howe, founder of Picole Kids, held a fashion design seminar at one of our girls’ group homes. The girls accessorized outfits that were used in the fashion show. We send a big thank you to Gisella for her work creating fashion with a purpose.

Volunteers from Skyline Technology Solutions

We are thankful to Skyline Technology Solutions for helping us beautify our JumpStart home in Hyattsville. They spent the day painting in the house and cleaning up debris in the yard. We had a great time with these hard working folks!


Charity Golf Date Change

Due to the recent deluge of rain, we were forced to postpone our Charity Golf Outing scheduled for May 21st. Please join us on the rescheduled date of June 18th at Argyle Country Club. You may learn more or register online at

Employee of the month

Ms. Sharnee has been working very hard at our JumpStart Program to ensure the youth are getting their needs met and staying motivated! She shows a lot of care for the young men and has been working to make changes to improve the program. Her dedication shows in the relational bonds that she builds with the youth and their engagement with her. Overall, JumpStart is lucky to have a Program Manager like Ms. Sharnee!


What Success Looks Like

Amber came to our Damamli Independent Living Program as a discouraged young mother who had dropped out of high school and then did not pass her GED. With the support and encouragement of our highly trained staff, she was able to attend the high school program at Brightwood College. Amber worked very hard in school in spite of her mother’s illness, her own personal health problems, and having to take care of a young child. We are excited to announce that Amber will graduate in June with her high school diploma, and is on the path to a brighter future! Congratulations Amber!

Gala date

Please join us on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for our Annual Charity Gala. This year we will be partying at Canopy, the new Hilton Hotel in Bethesda North. Celebrate with us at this exciting new venue! For sponsorship opportunities and other information visit


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.

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!

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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

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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



Hearts & Homes featured on WJLA ABC 7!

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 5.07.59 PMCheck out our CEO/President Chloe Perez on ABC 7 News – WJLA with Police Officer Oliver Janney and one of the young men in our care talking about the back to school picnic picnic we had today with the Montgomery County Police Department and Rockville City Police Department! The kids in our care had a great time!

Click here to see the segment

Every year, Hearts & Homes for Youth hosts a back to school picnic for the youth in our care with new backpacks and school supplies gifted to the youth by Social and Scientific Systems. This year, Hearts & Homes hosted the picnic with the Montgomery County Police Department and Rockville City Police Department in an effort to build positive relationships between the youth in our care and law enforcement. The event was a hit! The kids in our care had a great time talking, playing basketball, and eating great food with Montgomery County Police Officers, City of Rockville Police Officers, board members, and staff!

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.