Back-to-school season at HFH may look a little different this year, but our families and staff have found ways to adapt and reimagine many of our most cherished traditions—from virtual Moving Up Ceremonies to socially distanced backpack giveaways.

As children at HFH get ready to return to classes, several of their parents are starting on a learning journey of their own—Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment has begun leading its first in-person culinary training classes, offering parents the chance to learn foundational skills, like proper cutting techniques, in a safe and socially distanced setting. This summer, our staff spent time planning for the school year ahead, while also collaborating on the creation of an HFH-wide Virtual Summer Day Camp, allowing campers to participate in a daily schedule of nature, STEM, fitness, arts, and literacy activities. As the school year begins, staff at HFH Early Childhood Education Centers and K-12 Afterschool & Recreation are preparing to offer a slate of in-person and virtual programming for their students.

Meanwhile, HFH staff in all departments have been busy providing guidance, enrichment, and individualized support to families as they prepare for the year to come.
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Reimagining the HFH Summer Day Camp Experience
When we made the difficult decision to cancel HFH Summer Camps for the 2020 season, staff at HFH came together to create a new kind of HFH Summer Day Camp, featuring both virtual and in-person programming.

Story Time with David Belmar
David Belmar, Director of Afterschool at Allie's Place Family Residence, has been hosting weekly virtual story times in HFH's Virtual Summer Day Camp. The sessions quickly became a favorite activity for campers throughout HFH.

Back to School 2020: How HFH Families are Navigating the ...

HFH's back-to-school spirit is in full force this season. This year, navigating back to school has taken on an added urgency at HFH, with both K-12 and Family Services staff adapting their services to meet families' needs.

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"I have heard about the uptick in homelessness in NY since COVID-19. I wanted to support an organization that I know does great work in this area. I hope you have all you need to do the best you can in this really difficult time."

- Danny Mishkin, a former HFH K-12 volunteer on why he donates to HFH.
As always, our work wouldn't be possible without the staff, partners, volunteers, and supporters who ensure that Homes for the Homeless can continue to provide support for over 700 children and their families each year.
Moving Up Ceremonies at HFH Early Childhood Ed Centers
Teachers and families at HFH Early Childhood Education Centers celebrated their young learners at virtual and socially distanced outdoor Moving Up Ceremonies.

Story Time with Jodi Daniels
Ms. Jodi, Director of Childcare at Saratoga Family Residence, has been staying connected with young students and their families through virtual story times for children at Saratoga Early Childhood Education Center.

Q&A with Celina Rodriguez, Assistant Administrator
Celina Rodriguez became Assistant Administrator of Prospect after three years serving as Director of Prospect Family Services. In the lead up to the 2020-2021 school year, Rodriguez and her staff have been providing educational guidance to families with children at Prospect.

What's Cooking at Allie's Place
Staff at Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment have been hosting weekly virtual cooking lessons for families in conjunction with Allie's Place K-12 Afterschool & Recreation and HFH Virtual Summer Day Camp.

Learning from the Ground Up with Allie's Place Culinary

In addition to interactive cooking lessons, staff at Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment have been generating excitement for upcoming adult job training classes through gardening and cooking tips.

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Cooking Up New Approaches to Culinary Education at HFH

In-person culinary training classes have begun at Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment. Learn more about how our students will be acquiring the fundamental skills required for employment in the culinary industry.

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Saratoga Featured on Queens Public Television
Michael Fahy, Administrator of Saratoga Family Residence, appeared on Queens Public Television for a segment on homelessness and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biggest mistakes you make when baking muffins

To raise excitement of the beginning of in-person culinary training, Robert Seixas, Director of Culinary Education at Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment, was featured in this baking-related article on

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Mavi Debuts Face Masks Benefitting Homes for the Homeless

HFH has already received mask donations from rapper Ja Rule, a local High School Key Club, and our collaborators at Knock Knock Give a Sock. Recently, denim line Mavi Jeans donated reusable masks to HFH for each bundle sold.

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