September Newsletter

Annual Charity Gala
We loved seeing old friends and making new ones at our Annual Charity Gala on September 26. Our guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, networking with other business professionals, perusing exciting silent auction items, tasting a collection of bourbons and dancing the night away at Woodmont Country Club. This year we honored longtime supporters, The Law Firm of Paley Rothman, with our Champion Award. Board member, David Shapiro, accepted the award. Ms. Regina King received our Maureen Rodgers Spirit Award for her long time service as a dedicated foster parent. A young woman in our Damamli/TFC Program shared her love for her young son with a poem she wrote. We are so very thankful for all of our sponsors, guests, and board members that shared this memorable evening with us!

A Young Mother’s Poem
Dreaming with my eyes wide open
Loving you without sight, you came into my world
And now my son is shining, even at night
I look at your smile and I know I haven’t felt love like this way in a while
The pain from my past makes me this feeling won’t last
Broken homes, being alone,
Makeshift thrones, been beat black and blue and eyes swollen shut
No meds needed I keep going for you
It’s pouring down raining as if the sky became an ocean
And all its water began draining during the storm
I fight to overcome, Mama he said so effortlessly
And that is when I knew the battle I have with myself has been won
My son, even when I’m tired my mind and my heart is fully wired
I am your modeled role, but you keep me inspired
From being loved by no one to being loved by the brightest star of all –
My son

HHY on the Move
We are pleased to announce that we have a new location for our JumpStart Semi-Independent Living Program. After many years in the same house that needed more loving care and renovations than we could handle, we have moved into a beautiful, spacious and totally renovated home. The home is located near a commercial area which provides many job opportunities for our young men. The house is furnished with new, donated pieces from Bob’s Discount Furniture. The guys and staff love their new home!
Take a look at our new home! Join us for an Open House on November 13, 11am-1pm, 4907 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD 20705. A light lunch will be provided.

We were bursting at the seams in our Burtonsville office, so we moved our Damamli/TFC offices to Baltimore. The spacious location has room for a children’s nursery, offices for our social workers, a large conference room for meetings and trainings, and space for a computer workshop. It’s conveniently located close to our Damamli Independent Living Program’s apartments.

Holiday Gift Drive
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: or call 301-679-1383