Virtual Gala Update
Our first online Virtual Charity Gala was a success! We send out heartfelt thanks to all who purchased sponsorships, tickets, silent auction items and viewed the event online. A special thank you to our Premier Sponsor, Aronson, LLC! We greatly appreciate everyone’s help in providing for our children during these challenging times. We’re also very grateful to Automatic Films for donating their time and expertise in filming the event, Rob Sheer of Comfort Cases for being our MC, Steven Davis for chairing our gala committee, and Jasmine Green for heading up our gala marketing committee. We wish a bright future for all in 2021 and hope we can meet in person then.
Holiday Gift Drive
Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help us fulfill the wishes of the children of Hearts & Homes for Youth. Each child or teenager in our care writes a “Wish List”. If you participate to become a “Wish Maker”, we’ll send you the name, age, and wishes of the child you choose to help. Some groups adopt a household full of children, while others give a gift or two. Any help you give will be wonderful and would send a message of care and support to our young people. Please email email@example.com to become a wish maker.
Thank you to Lisa Stearns and the Ms. Biz Mornings Networking Group for purchasing and assembling brand new tote bags filled with toiletries for our young women.
A yummy homemade dinner was delivered to our JumpStart and Helen Smith group homes from the Jack & Jill Club, Prince Georges County. Thank you to Zakia Brunson and the club for coordinating several dinner for our kids!
Heroes are among us!!! LaTonya Gardner, one of our newly licensed foster parents, has been with the Family Ties, Treatment Foster Care program, for almost a year. During her tenure she has been instrumental in supporting the placement of one youth with a history of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Services. The youth had several pending charges and was committed to a detention center for several years prior to placement. Currently the same youth has had no police involvement during his entire stay with Ms. Gardner. The youth has progressed well in school and his outlook on life has improved vastly! The placement has been so successful, Ms. Gardner accepted the youth’s sibling in her home as well. Despite the challenges of raising her own biological child along with youth placed in her home by our agency, Ms. Gardner continues to prevail. Ms. Gardner has a total of three foster youth in her home. The younger youth, while experiencing the impact of trauma and neglect are thriving and getting and stronger by the day! The training and oversight provided by Hearts & Homes for Youth, along with being an amazing, caring and patient human being, Ms. Gardner emerges as a hero and beautiful human being! Even in this time of great national and global distress, Ms. Gardner and many of our Foster Resource Parents forge a path of love by opening their homes and their hearts!