Winter and Spring 2021 went by so fast as everyone at HFH worked to maintain quality social services and programs while adhering to COVID-19 guidance. Tools & Tiaras jumped in with a hands-on virtual workshop showcasing how young girls can pursue nontraditional careers. Youth Council students at Saratoga honed their leadership and communication skills by presenting their vision for a new teen lounge. For Valentine’s Day Allie's Place shared the love with a card-making contest for kids to show off their creative talents, culminating in a socially-distanced celebration with Happy Meals, prizes, and visits from local dignitaries. Meanwhile, our friends at Little Beet teamed up with country singer Brett Eldredge for Women’s History Month and donated healthy meals to families at HFH. Read on to learn about “What We Are Reading” and to watch an inspiring video of the youth offering advice to the next mayor.
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Youth Council Presents Vision for New Teen Lounge
Students on the Youth Council at HFH’s Saratoga Family Residence conducted a presentation via Zoom outlining their proposal for a new Teen Lounge to a group including longtime HFH collaborator, KidCare, Saratoga and HFH administration, program, and communications staff.

Winter 2021 Snapshot of Resident Employment
Take a quick look at employment stats and trends in this Winter 2021 Snapshot of Resident Employment to learn about why job training and employment assistance are included in HFH's wrap-around services for families.

Trailblazing with Tools & Tiaras
For HFH programs, the past year has not only been one of adaptation but has also proven to be a time of immense creativity. One of the biggest challenges has been re-creating programs within the COVID-19 safety guidelines. This possible roadblock was met with innovation by the HFH staff as certain projects shifted to focus on individuals and small groups.

Moms At Bronx Shelter Enjoy Delicious Meals
Donated by Country Singer Brett Eldredge
The HFH community at Allie’s Place Family Residence received a special delivery last month. Families were able to enjoy nutritious, and delicious, meals from supporter The Little Beet restaurants on behalf of one of their loyal customers.

What We Are Reading
Troop 6000 has come to Allie's Place, virtually, and the girls couldn't be more excited. That's why we are reading all about how this troop—for girls who are residing in shelters across NYC—started and continues to grow in The Girl Scout Troop that began in a Shelter and Inspired the World.

Love Is in the Air at Allie's Place
Allie's Place held a special Valentine's Day contest sponsored by Toli Management's local McDonalds, Assembly Member Kenny Burgos, Bronx Community Board 9 District Manager William Rivera, and the After-school Program. Happy Meals and goodie bags were given to children who attended including special prizes for everyone who made a Valentine's Day card for their moms.

Youth at Saratoga Offer Advice for NYC’s Next Mayor
Students in Saratoga’s after-school and recreation program have also been busy talking about what it means to be a leader at the City level. They offer up some insightful advice to candidates for New York City Mayor—from more housing to access to youth jobs and space for basketball.

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