The following letter was submitted to the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week. While policy has been reversed, the message is still relevant and significant. Dear Editor, For the past 15 years, I have been the Executive Director of Huckleberry House. Huckleberry House provides services including shelter and transitional living housing to homeless and runaway youth. […]
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by Becky Westerfelt, Executive Director At Huck House we have a couple of concepts that drive our work, but the one that drives all of our work is Positive Youth Development. This approach says that what we say to youth is not as effective as what we do with youth. We know that experience is […]
I can only speak from experience…… Why is it so hard to leave an abusive lover? I have 4 main reasons why I didn’t. My childhood, I watched my mom love a man who abused her, she never left and never told me those things weren’t ok. Somewhere in my mind, I thought things like […]
We hope you will consider making a gift to Huck House today. With the holiday season here, you’re gift can bring a much needed dose of comfort and joy to young people struggling to overcome some tough obstacles, like homelessness, abuse, and neglect. With your support, we can make the season a bit brighter, and […]
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and welcome to our new site! We are very proud to announce a revamp of our website, and we hope you enjoy the new look and feel. Please feel free to leave comments, as we would love to know what you think! Have a beautiful day!
Adolescence is a difficult and exciting time of life. Teenagers go through physical, social, and emotional changes during adolescence. The major focus on this stage in life is teenagers’ desire to gain more independence from their family and to form their own unique identity. However, teenagers still need structure, security and support. It is often […]
This October, our focus at the Huckleberry House is Adolescent Development. To start the month, we hear from some youth in our shelter about what it’s like to be their age.
Mental health used to be “the hidden disease,” something to be ashamed of and not talked about. Persons were locked away in “insane asylums” and hospitals. In the 1950’s, a well-meaning movement to take people out of sometimes horrible conditions and put them back in the community took root. Alas, the program was a failure […]
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery presents The Many Parts of One by Toni Jo Coppa August 17 – September 23, 2016 Coppa explains that her work is both cathartic and socially motivated. “The disgraceful stigma of mental illness labels a person and puts them in a stereotyped group. I’m hoping to break the negative attitudes towards common […]
As a licensed therapist, parents and guardians frequently ask me why mental health is important. Life can be tough and with the rise of social media our kids are faced with more challenges than ever before. Today’s teens face many pressures such as school performance, family problems, peer expectations, bullying, and just dealing with what […]