October-November 2023 Happenings

We are so proud of Poetic!

Last week, Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth (MARFY) hosted their annual Youth Achievement Awards ceremony, along with their 50th Anniversary celebration. This year, HHY nominated Poetic for her outstanding improvements and accomplishments, including earning a scholarship to Morgan State University. She is an inspiration, and we are proud of her achievements. We are so grateful to the Wimbush family who are Poetic’s foster parents. They have done so much to support Poetic during her journey!

Successful Theme Days!

We celebrated theme days at the office where we wore our favorite sports team, pajama day, “wear pink” day, Halloween costume and much more to come! Pls. check our photos taken during those fun days!

Veterans Day

We will honor Veterans Day 2023 this month in November and pay tribute to all military veterans who have served our country. We will recognize and express our gratitude for the service and dedication rendered to us and their sacrifices, bravery, and patriotism. Celebrating Veterans Day provides an opportunity for us to show appreciation for veterans and recognize their contributions to the nation. Whether visiting Veterans Memorials, attending parades and ceremonies, volunteering, thanking a Veteran, displaying the flags, donating to Veteran causes, or even barbecuing outside or hanging out indoors with family, hopefully you get to enjoy this federal holiday off with people you love.

Native American Heritage Day

Aside from celebrating Veteran’s Day this month we will also celebrate the National Native American Heritage Day on the day after Thanksgiving. We will honor American Indians across the nation, its vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages and recognizing their many contributions. Join us in celebrating the strength and resiliency of Native Americans and acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Holiday Gift Drive

Pls. support our kids and grant their wishes by participating in our Holiday Gift Drive. Each child in our care creates a list of items that he or she wish to receive. If you would like to participate and become a Wishmaker, we will send you the name, age, and wishes of the child you choose to help. Any help you give will send a message of care and support to our young people. Contact Hazel Eguia at 301-679-1383 or email heguia@heartsandhomes.org  for more info or to participate.

HHY Employee highlight!

Marlisa Ashley, Senior Counselor
Marlisa Ashley was born and raised in Sampson County, NC where she remained for her elementary school years. She enjoys shopping and spending time with her loving, devoted family. In her early 30’s she decided to pursue her interest in nursing and aiding special needs children and adults. She is currently working with teenage youth at HHY by providing them support to prepare them to make positive life decisions and to become independent adults.

We Appreciate the Donation!

THANK YOU @tickettodream @Bombas @famousfootwear and @crocs for your beyond generous donation! Our kiddos were super happy with their new kicks and socks! This donation was made possible by our friends at Bombas, Crocs & Famous Footwear!