Entries by Tinae Bluitt

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, […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Chyla Larry. Chyla came to Huck House due to problems with her relationship with her mother. She describes her past behavior as “aggressive” due to stress with family and school. When she first came to Huck House, she struggled with communication, but she has improved tremendously. “I talk a […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Madi Fant. Madi moved out of her mother’s house and into her grandmother’s at 15 years old. This transition was not easy. She was sleeping on the floor in the living room and things were going poorly. She fell behind in school and was unable to graduate on time. […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Jania Perry. After a childhood in foster care and being adopted at 14, Jania came from Rhode Island to Ohio when she turned 18 because her biological mother lived here. “Don’t underestimate me!” is the motto that guides Jania through life. If you do underestimate her, she will do […]

Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Aja Bolden. Aja came to TLP in May 2017 determined to create a better life for herself and her unborn baby. Before TLP, Aja lived in the Van Buren family shelter. She survived a high risk pregnancy and gave birth to a premature baby boy after seven months of […]