July 2021 Happenings

It’s Summertime!

What are your kids doing this summer? At Hearts & Homes our kids have been busy enjoying the break from school. Lots of them are working summer jobs at places including Panera, Dash In, Burger King and Pet Smart. The girls at Mary’s Mount enjoy swimming at local pools and even took a day trip to Ocean City. They also go to Zumba classes every Monday. Our guys have been enjoying going to the movies and the gym, swimming, and boxing.

HHY Receives Help from the Boy Scouts!

We are grateful to Jarrett Walker, a senior at Blake High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 96, for making Hearts & Homes the recipient of his Eagle Scout Project! Jarrett collected much needed items including personal care products, boxers, slides, and tee shirts for the children in our care and delivered them to our main office. We’re very thankful to Jarrett for giving back to the community and supporting our kids! Jarrett is pictured on the right with his fellow scout, Donovan Prophet.

LaVance Gholston, Training Coordinator

Meet LaVance Gholston, our Training Coordinator. He spends his days prepping and teaching continuing education trainings for HHY staff, clinicians, and foster parents. All of our counselors are required to have 40 hours of trainings each year to equip them to better serve our kids. They receive the CPR/First Aid training, Mental Health First Aid training, Mandt System training, and many other specific trainings dealing with issues that affect our kids.

Foster Parent of the Month – Tyease Johnson

Ms. Tyease is an absolutely devoted and extraordinarily competent foster parent who truly treats each child placed in her care as though she has known them since birth. Her disciplined yet compassionate character enables her to create a balance between structure and flexibility that is hugely beneficial for youth with trauma, previous displacement, and other adjustment behaviors. Ms. Tyease spends intentional time each day with her foster youth and works extremely hard to understand any misbehaviors in an empathetic and patient way. Due to Ms. Tyease’s intuitive parenting style, children placed in her care inevitably grow and develop life skills, social competencies, educational resilience, and self-care techniques that contribute to their success in the future. We are so lucky to have Ms. Tyease as a foster parent with HHY and look forward to seeing her positive impact grow!

There is a great need for foster parents. If you have ever thought about foster parenting, we can help! Contact Annie Brandicourt – abrandicourt@heartsandhomes.org for info on how you can change a child’s life.