October Newsletter

 Financial Training from BB&T
Recently BB&T sponsored a banking basics workshop for our youth. At this workshop they learned the value of a checking account, ways to help them save and how to establish and maintain credit. BB&T has been a long-term supporter of Hearts & Homes and we are thankful for their continued support!

Paley Rothman to the Rescue!

One of our most generous supporters, the Law Firm of Paley Rothman, spent an October day sprucing up our Helen Smith Girls’ Group Home in Takoma Park. The group of 10 volunteers from their office in Bethesda added a fresh coat of paint to almost every room in the house. Their hard work paid off when the girls came home from school and were excited to see the results of their labor. We are very thankful for Paley Rothman’s ongoing support and concern for our kids!

Mental Health Awareness Week
The first week of October was NAMI’s, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through friends and family members. This month Hearts & Homes collaborated with Montgomery County’s Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families by providing them with Mental Health First Aid training. Our CEO, Chloe Perez, is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. If you or your organization would like to learn how to identify mental illness and prevent suicide, please contact Chloe at cperez@heartsandomes.org for training opportunities.

Did you know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations selected by their customers? Please consider using AmazonSmile to purchase your holiday gifts and select Hearts & Homes for Youth as your charity to receive the donations. Thank you!

Thank you to Stephanie Geddings and RE/MAX Sails in Baltimore!
Our amazing real estate agent, Stephanie Geddings, organized a donation drive for Hearts & Homes at her Baltimore RE/MAX office. The sales team there generously donated many items to make our homes more comfortable for our kids. Sending them a big hug and our gratitude!
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Holiday Gift Drive

The holidays can be a difficult time for the youth in our care. You can celebrate the Holiday Spirit by fulfilling the wishes of the children of Hearts & Homes for Youth.  Please gather your friends and co-workers to brighten their holiday season.  Your  gift can make a difference.
Each child or teenager in our care writes a “Wish List”.  If you become a “Wish Maker”, we will 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 would be wonderful and send a message of care and support to our young people. If you would like to become a Wish Maker please contact Hazel Eguia at: heguia@heartsandhomes.orgor call 301-679-1383. Thankyou!