Entries by Sonya Thesing

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. […]

How do we solve youth homelessness?

“We have to integrate fundamental change in our systemic approach to a number of things like education, like poverty,” Huckleberry House’s executive director Becky Westerfelt told the audience attending a panel discussion, “The Unexpected Face of Homelessness: Teens on the Street,” hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club. During the discussion, Becky challenged attendees to start […]

Violence in teen relationships is more common than you think

Stephanie Smith, Huckleberry House’s Crime Victim Specialist, reacts to a violent assault on a local 15-year old by her ex-boyfriend.  Huckleberry House offers our support of this strong young woman and her family on the difficult road to healing. This story is tragic, heart-breaking, and shocking. However, for many teenagers and young women, the story […]

The 2017 Huck House Transitional Living Program (TLP) Bus Tour Challenge

The 2017 Huck House Transitional Living Program (TLP) Bus Tour Challenge Last Friday, the Huck House Transitional Living Program (TLP) Team participated in the first-ever TLP Bus Tour Challenge. The challenge was designed by TLP manager Amanda Glauer. Despite her team’s loss, Amanda was happy about the day and everything the team learned. She answers […]

Huck House Alumni Event

  In 47 years, many incredible people have walked through the doors of Huck House. Join us to reconnect with former staff, board members, and volunteers…. Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rooks Tavern, 195 Chittenden Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201   We want to hear from you, whether you are able to […]

Why should we support Pride?

On Saturday, June 17, about 50 Huck House youth, staff, and friends will march in the 2017 Pride Parade.   When one of our family counselors asked if he could put together a group to march in this year’s pride parade, “yes” was such an easy and automatic answer that we didn’t think too much […]

Meet the 2017 Huck House Youth Award Winners!

Meet the 2017 Huck House Youth Award Winners! On Tuesday, May 30, we will honor ten amazing young people at the 20th Annual Youth Awards presented by Huck House. On Tuesday, May 3, 2017, the Youth Award Winners and their nominators gathered for a chance to meet and learn about the Huck House Youth Awards […]

Youth and Yoga and Why it Matters

We are focusing on healthy living during March. Former Huck House caseworker and guest blogger Candace McDowall is a Connection Coalition volunteer who brings yoga to the crisis shelter. My last paid day as a case manager at Huck House was almost 20 years ago. That place and those people still have my heart. You can […]