The Old Navy Fashion Show, Mad Science workshops, and the Williamsbridge Wolverines' debut!
Homes for the Homeless (HFH) has been celebrating the beginning of Spring with creative and kid-driven special events and activities. Participants of all ages showcased their individuality on the runway at Saratoga's Old Navy Fashion Show. STEM workshopsby Mad Science at all three HFH residences taught our youngest learners about the chemistry of their everyday lives. Families at Williamsbridge even came together to watch the premiere of a self-made short film starring the Williamsbridge Wolverines. Check out some of our highlights from March and April at HFH.
Mad Science Visits Early Ed Centers
Mad Science visited all three HFH residences last month for STEM workshops with children enrolled in HFH Early Childhood Education programs. At Prospect in the South Bronx, the kids learned about mixing liquids and made their own play-doh.
Stacey Engebrethson, volunteer at Saratoga, won Old Navy's Donald G. Fisher Award for Staff Excellence in recognition of her volunteer service. In March, she and her team at Old Navy Green Acres celebrated families at Saratoga in Jamaica, Queens by organizing a fashion show.
Every year, Camper Recruitment staff hold Family Fun Days at all HFH residences to build excitement for HFH Summer Camps. This year's Family Fun Day at Williamsbridge, located in the Gun Hill section of the Bronx, featured stickers, temporary tattoos, and more.
In March, Saratoga's afterschool cooking club learned about Asian cuisine from Chef Elena of Well Rooted Kitchen. Williamsbridge Recreation learned how to make Irish Potato Candies, Microwave Scones, and Mud Cakes with our Director of Culinary Education, Robert Seixas.
Our Spotlight On series highlights HFH staff members. In March, we spoke to Paola Rodriguez, Camp Registrar for HFH Summer Camps, about her role in recruiting campers for the summer of 2019. In April, we chatted with Breanna Battle, Assistant Manager of Recreation at Saratoga Family Residence.
Stay Tuned: The Williamsbridge Wolverines Make Their Debut
In March, proud parents had the chance to watch the Williamsbridge Wolverines' debut film, which the kids at Williamsbridge Recreation spent the month developing with Education Specialist Bobby Valentin.
Volunteer Spotlight: HFH Summer Camps, Through Their Lens
Last summer, Nicholas Friedland, a Junior at the Calhoun School, developed a volunteer photo project at Camps Lanowa and Wakonda. We'll be sharing campers' snapshots from Nicholas' photo project on our Instagram and website in the lead up to HFH Summer Camps 2019. Great job, Nicholas!
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.