Annual KidCare Toy Drive: est. 2009
Since 2009 we have hosted an annual Toy Drive to benefit the over 750 kids housed in shelters by Homes for the Homeless. Our signature event has collected well over 12,000 toys and raised funds which have enabled us to sponsor / create many of the activities which you can read about on this page. In addition to the Toy Drive, we also host a group of the children from the shelters each year for a Holiday party complete with Toys, Games, Balloon Animals, and of course Ice Cream. Seeing the smile on the children’s faces is what this is all about and is the essence of “Let Kids be Kids”
Annual Tee Ball est. 2010 & Baseball team est. 2017
Since 2010 we have sponsored a Tee Ball Team for Homes for the Homeless ages 5-7yrs that competes in the Rosedale Tee Ball League. In 2017, Schweid & Sons began sponsoring the Baseball team for kids 8-12yrs. The season starts with an opening day parade followed by the kids playing in at least 10 games. Every season is capped off with a trip to a MLB baseball game. Special thanks to Dave Bossolina and Schweid & Sons for helping to sponsor the teams.
Annual Schweid & Sons B-Ball and Burger Basketball Tournament: est 2013
Hosted since 2013, this basketball tournament and BBQ takes place at the Saratoga Family Inn located in Queens. Since inception we have had over 200 kids participate. The day is filled with basketball, special guests, gifts for the kids (thanks to the NY Knicks), and a delicious BBQ with Schweid & Sons burgers on the menu. Special thanks to Jamie Schweid & Schweid & Sons for sponsoring the tournament & the NY Knicks for providing giveaways for the kids.
Annual Soccer Team: Est. in 2016
Hosted since 2016, this 10 Week long season allows the kids another opportunity to compete and grow as a team.
Bi-Annual Job Hops: est 2010
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. Since inception we have hosted over 12 Job Hops with 100+ children participating being exposed to a variety of careers.
Annual Summer Guitar Program sponsored by Ian Linde: est 2013
Since 2013 we have 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 are given at all 3 sessions of camp and this will once again take place during the summer of '18. Special thank you to Ian Linde for sponsoring the program and to Alana Zinn for originally securing the guitar donation.
Annual Saratoga NFL Flag Football Team: est 2014
Established in 2014 this NFL Flag Football team is made up of children from 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.
Yoga classes: est 2011
This program began with “Mommy & Me” yoga classes at the Clinton Family Inn which allowed moms a chance to relax and clear their minds while still spending valuable time with their children. This has now evolved into Monthly classes as the Prospect shelter where the children have time to relax and exercise with professional instructors.
Black Spectrum Theatre Eight-Week Residency: est 2014
Instructors from the Black Spectrum Theatre teach weekly drama and chorus classes to students in the Saratoga Family Inn’s After School Program. The residency
culminates in an on-stage performance, where the children express 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 opportunity.
Bob Conrad Magic Shows: ongoing
Magician Bob Conrad visits the Williams bridge Early Childhood Education Center to perform his magic show for the children. His performances are tailored to his audience and change based on what they are working on and/or interested in. 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
At the HFH Summer Camps, the Teen Leaders serve as role models for younger campers. Since 2014 we have awarded two awards each summer to one of the 14-year-old and one of the 15-year-old Teen Leader. These teens are selected because they demonstrate an all-embracing commitment to the Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps mission, possess 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.
Mad Science in the Bronx: ongoing
This grant enabled 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!
Education in Dance: ongoing
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.
Wildlife Theater in Manhattan: ongoing
The Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theatre brings 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 motion.
After School Arts Program with HFH: ongoing
Since 2010 we have helped fund yearlong, weekly dance classes for Saratoga elementary, middle and high school students. 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.
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!!!