June 2021 Happenings

Ahoy, Matey!!!

School is over and summer is here! Thanks to First Mate Sawyer and Captain Evie of Howard County Pirate Adventures, we now have 50 AMC movie tickets and snack vouchers for our kids. They also provided 50 pool passes for Columbia Outdoor Pools! Visit www.HoCoPirateAdventures.com for info on how your child can have an exciting pirate adventure in Howard County.

We’re also thankful for donations from the vendors at Savage Mill including diapers and personal care products. Omnihedral donated many exciting board games for our kids to try out. There are lots of unique shopping experiences at Historic Savage Mill. Check it out! www.savagemill.com

Big Day of Service

Lots of fun was had and lots of work was done by the volunteers from Union Church’s Big Day of Service. These energetic workers painted 4 bedrooms in our Avis Birely home and cleaned up the leaves and yard debris at our Kemp Mill home.  The boys love their freshly painted rooms! Many thanks to Union Church for their service! www.theunionchurch.com

Party in the Parking Lot

Braving the cicadas and the hot sun, we celebrated our dedicated staff with a party in our Burtonsville office parking lot. Althea’s Almost Famous food truck was on hand providing yummy Jamaican food. We had lively music, fun games, and raffled off many prizes. We love our staff and are thankful for their dedication to the children of Hearts & Homes!

Ronda Brown, Foster Care Admin. Support Specialist

Here is a quick behind the scenes look at one of Hearts and Homes most crucial employees, Ms. Ronda, Foster care Administrative Support Specialist! She’s essential to the functioning of the organization and is calm in the face of any crisis. She comes up with quick and clever solutions to problems, making her the go-to person in a quandary, large or small! Thanks for all that you do, Ronda. HHY is lucky to have you!

Foster Parent Spotlight

Help us in welcoming Tammy and Nicole Carter, our newest foster parents! Tammy and Nicole are hard-working, compassionate, and enthusiastic. They have a vibrant family group and are excited to bring a child into their loving home environment. Both Tammy and Nicole are smart and passionate individuals who care about the wellbeing of all of the kids in their lives- from nieces and nephews to children of family friends!. They both love spending time with children and they feel as though they have the capacity and the nurturing qualities necessary to care for a foster child. Tammy and Nicole are excited to welcome their first placement this upcoming week and we are excited to support them as they begin their fostering journey.