Entries by Tinae Bluitt

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Ivan Vargas. Besides being a well-mannered, respectful, hardworking student, Ivan is a model for true perseverance. Three days after his eighteenth birthday, Ivan was arrested for taking a joy ride on a grocery cart scooter. Ivan was booked with a felony charge and encouraged by his public defender to […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Brittney Evans. Brittney was adjudicated from the age of 16 to 20. When her adjudication ended, Brittney had some serious life goals. One she achieved quickly was earning her GED within six months of being released. One she is still working on is regaining custody of her son who […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Tekia Farmer. Tekia is a high school senior who is exceptional both in and out of the classroom, but she had to overcome a few struggles to get there. As an underclassman at Walnut Ridge, she struggled with grades and had 10 behavior incidences. Now, Tekia has barely had […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Roxanne Johnson. Roxanne has faced several challenges, including teen pregnancy, mental health issues and one of her biggest challenges, a custody battle with her mother over Roxanne’s daughter. Her cousin recommended she go to Huck House, where she found shelter support at the Crisis Shelter. Roxanne has since completed […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Kamaury Baskin. High school can be stressful and isolating, especially for an African-American transgender teenager. As an 8th grade, male student, KaMaury had 27 behavior incidents, and several more in the first years of high school, but as a senior, she has learned to love, trust and believe in […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Pasha Rivers-Johnson. In the past year, Pasha has faced many barriers but overcome them to reach her goals. Before entering TLP, Pasha gave birth to twins and left an abusive relationship with their father. The abuse also resulted in Pasha leaving college saddled with student loans. Despite being a […]

  Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Jhanel McCray. Jhanel left a violent relationship with her child’s father and has been raising her 2 year old daughter on her own with very little help from friends or family. Jhanel set out to utilize Huck House’s Transitional Living Program to get financially stable, graduate high school, […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Precious Brandon. Precious became homeless at 17-years-old and was referred to Huck House by her high school teacher. A week after her 18th birthday, Precious moved into her TLP apartment. Before coming to TLP, Precious wanted to give up. She worried daily about where she would sleep at night […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Delores Caine. Delores has survived many challenges in her life. She describes her childhood as “rocky,” explaining that she was raised by her grandmother due to family issues and her father’s violent death. Trauma, poverty, addiction, legal troubles, and family conflict have strongly impacted Delores’ family since she was […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Rafael Castro. Soon to be the first in his family to graduate high school, Rafael is a hard-working young man who has had to rely on self-motivation to get him through school. He has emerged as a leader in the Be The One program at Walnut Ridge High School, […]