Check 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!
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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!
In March 1969 Rex Smith, one of the original founders of Hearts & Homes for Youth, prepared a report called “The House That People Built: Anatomy of a Group Home in Suburbia.” The subject of the report was the Boys’ Home of Montgomery County, which is now known as Hearts & Homes for Youth.
In the report, a younger Rex describes Hearts & Homes for Youth’s (formerly named the Boys’ Home of Montgomery County) history, founding concept, and the anatomy of the program. It is heartwarming to read. Many of his words still ring true, such as his note in the Acknowledgements: “We appreciate very much the interest and enthusiasm of the local community without whose support as individuals, groups, and corporate citizens, there would be no home and no report.”
We have begun publishing excerpts from the report on our website and social media pages – we highly recommend that you take a look when you have time. Reading the reflections and observations of one of our original founders is a special way to get to know our programs and guiding values.
The House That People Built – Seeing a Need
The Concept of the Boys’ Home
The Program at the Boys’ Home