Annual Summer Guitar Program
Now in its second year, we helped coordinate the sponsorship for a music counselor at Homes for the Homeless Summer Camp Lanowa, as well as the donation of a 13 new acoustic guitars, for adolescent boys and girls to learn to play guitar during their 2-week stay at camp. Guitar lessons were given at all 3 sessions of camp. Special thank you to Ian Linde who for the second year sponsored this program.
Bi-Annual Job Hops
In affiliation with Homes for the Homeless - Picture speed dating meets job interviews as we bring together young adults with professionals ranging from designers to people in finance and TV personalities. This gives the children exposure to many career paths in an exciting / fun atmosphere. To date we have hosted five job hops and look forward to hosting many more. We continued to host the Job Hops in 2014 and are excited for the new year.
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Donations will go towards sponsoring our partner organizations which provide food, shelter, and education for underprivileged and homeless children. In addition due to the current circumstances donations will go towards helping the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We will provide you with feedback and updates as to where and how your money is being used.
Annual KidCare Toy Drive 5 Years STRONG
Benefitting the over 750 kids housed in shelters by Homes for the Homeless. Now five years strong, our signature event has collected well over 6,000 toys and raised funds which have enabled us to sponsor / create many of the activities you can read about on this page. Seeing the smile on the children’s faces is what this is all about and is the essence of “Let Kids be Kids”.
Annual KidCare Tee Ball Team 5 Years STRONG
We sponsor a Tee Ball Team for Homes for the Homeless ages 5-7yrs 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014. This past season once again ended with a trip to the Mets game, it was a blast!! We will be back once again in 2015 can't wait for the season to get started! Check out this you tube video from the opening day of the 2012 season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug-mpeh8Lh0&feature=youtu.be
LAFH Kids go the the 2011 All Star Game Festivities
We had the opportunity to take over 50 children living in the LAFH Shelter to the 2011 NBA All-Star game festivities in Los Angeles. This event provided the kids with a once in a lifetime experience and to say the least we all had a blast!!!
After School Arts Program with HFH
In 2010, 2011 we helped fund yearlong, weekly dance classes for Saratoga elementary, middle and high school students, with a culminating performance. The grant has allowed children to see a Broadway show, a first for most of the children. Groups of children saw ImaginOcean, The Addams Family, and Sister Act. At the Prospect Family Inn, the KidCare grant purchased six child-friendly digital cameras and photography kits for the children to use on field trips, and to document daily activities and special events. We continued this program in 2011-2012 which culminated in a talent show that you can check out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQRrLnE1lUE&feature=plcp
Mad Science in the Bronx ( 2 Years Running )
This grant enables HFH to hold multiple Mad Science
workshops at two of their Bronx facilities. There were pre-
K workshops for the daycare at Williamsbridge, and
middle school workshops for the Brownstone After School
program at Prospect. The students at Prospect enjoyed
the summer sessions so much that they enrolled in a 10-
week “Crazy ChemWorks” curriculum throughout the fall of
2014. With our help, the children in the Bronx are truly
mad about science!
Want to see more??? Please go to our facebook page for pictures and news on all our events. We look forward to sharing a lot more of these experiences with you!!!
Wildlife Theater in Manhattan ( Ongoing Program )
The Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theatre brought their
Animal Adventures program to the daycare at the Clinton
Family Inn. The children loved the puppet show, which
uses “Frankie the Frog” and other pond animals to teach
kids about basic animal concepts like shape, sound, and
Yoga Beans at Clinton ( Ongoing Program )
The “Mommy & Me” yoga classes at the Clinton Family
Inn are a hit with both mothers and children. A
collaboration between Homes for the Homeless, KidCare,
and local yoga instructors Yogi Beans, the “Mommy &
Me” workshops allow moms a chance to relax and clear
their minds while still spending valuable time with their
This has been ongoing, but since our inception we have collected well in excess of 200 bags of clothing which includes dress clothes for our future young professionals. We have had the wonderful support of many but would highlight Harriet Kliegman who has gone above and beyond to collect clothing as well as donating tons of toys each year.
Annual B-Ball and Burger Basketball Tournament
Now 2yrs running, this is a basketball tournament and BBQ at the Saratoga Family Inn located in Queens. With over 35 kids participating the day is truly special and everyone has a blast. Special thanks to Jamie Schweid & Schweid & Sons for sponsoring the tournament. We will be back in 2015.
First Annual Saratoga NFL Flag Football Team
We also sponsor an NFL Flag Football team at the Saratoga Family Inn. The 10- and 11-year-olds that make up the Saratoga Eagles are on the gridiron every Saturday throughout the fall. A special thanks for Jason Feinberg for sponsoring the team. We are all proud that we can be a part of the team!
Black Spectrum Theatre Eight-Week Residency
(Began in 2014)
With our help, instructors from the Black Spectrum
Theatre taught weekly drama and chorus classes to
students in the Saratoga Family Inn’s After School
Program. The residency culminated in an on-stage
performance, where the children expressed what they
learned through song, dance, or dramatic acting. Many of
these children have never previously had a chance to
perform on stage, and we are glad we gave them the
Education in Dance (Ongoing Program)
Children at the Prospect Family Inn’s Early Childhood
Education Center always loved music and dancing. With
this in mind, we tried to bring their interest to another level
by providing a grant that allowed Education in Dance to
establish an eight-week residency at PFI. These
instructors take a comprehensive approach to teaching
children about music and dance - they focus not only on
the arts, but on self-esteem and healthy eating as well.
Magic Show at Williamsbridge (Ongoing Program)
Magician Bob Conrad paid a visit to the Williamsbridge
Early Childhood Education Center to perform his “Under
the Sea” magic show for the children. His performance
was tailored to his audience, as the students there had
just finished a unit on oceanography in the days before the
show. We are proud to be able to provide children with
programs that tie directly into their curriculum and
reinforce what they already learned through something fun.
HFH Teen Leader Award (Ongoing Program)
At the HFH Summer Camps, the Teen Leaders serve as
role models for younger campers. In August of 2014, we
were excited to name one 14-year-old and one 15-year-old
as recipients of the 2014 KidCare Teen Leader Award.
These teens demonstrated an all-embracing commitment
to the Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps mission,
possessed innovative leadership qualities, and are great
positive mentors for their younger peers. This award
encourages continued participation in community life and
provides resources for the teen recipients to implement in
their educational goals.
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