Entries by Sonya Thesing

What I would tell my 18-year old self about good health

For our focus on healthy living, we asked a Huck House friend to think about what he would tell his 18-year old self about living healthfully. Bill Mechling is a retired attorney and business executive. His commitment to good health is an example from which we all can learn. There are many lessons a person learns […]

Homeless Children and Youth Act takes a step closer to becoming law

On July 24, House Bill 1511 passed the Financial Services Committee. It is co-sponsored by Representatives Steve Stivers of Ohio and Dave Loebsack of Iowa. H.R. 1511 would broaden the definition of homelessness, making it easier for organizations like Huckleberry House to serve homeless youth. “Last year, I was proud to announce the reintroduction of my bill […]

With a little help from our friends…

Each year, Huck House is invited by See Kids Dream to help teach young students about how they can make the world a better place. Guess what happens. Yep! These young students go out and make the world a better place! This year, the students at Ohio Avenue Elementary School, with help from their advisers […]

Sip & Shop (& Shelter)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. J. McLaughlin 1631 Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221   Come check out J.McLaughlin’s summer styles AND give back to Columbus’ youth while having a drink and a nosh. J.McLaughlin is donating 15% of the evening’s sales to Huck House. These funds will go towards the myriad […]

100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

Last summer and fall, Huckleberry House and six other Columbus agencies participated in A Way Home America’s 100-Day Challenge. The 100-Day Challenge is a project designed to stimulate intense collaboration, innovation, and execution, all in pursuit of a wildly ambitious 100-day goal.

End of school year stress and your teen

                  The end of the school year can be an overwhelming time for many high school students. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult for many young people to recognize and articulate when they are feeling stressed. Rather than saying “I feel stressed”  your child might say “I have […]

2018 Huck House Youth Awards

                    Please join us for the 21st annual Huck House Youth Awards Dinner. Tickets may be purchased at www.huckhouseawards.eventbrite.com or by emailing development director Sonya Thesing at sthesing@huck-house.org. This year we are honoring 14 award winners from three different organizations. Please visit the blog during the […]

The Paul S. Davis Service Award

The Paul S. Davis Service Award is given to a Huck House employee who exemplifies the core values of our agency and demonstrates practice distinction. A committee of peers looks for workers whose practice rises well above expectations and reflects Huck House’s commitment to youth and their families. The award was named for Paul Davis, […]

“These children are not someone else’s, they belong to all of us.”

In November 2017, Becky Westerfelt, executive director of Huckleberry House, participated in a Columbus Metropolitan Club panel titled “Unexpected Face of Homelessness: Teens on the Street.” We were overwhelmed by the interest from community members to continue the conversation. So we  invited interested people to a casual lunch at the Huck House Crisis Shelter this afternoon. […]