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, […]

Happenings in March

Huck House SLEEP OUT Friday, April 20, 2018 – Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30 pm – 5:30 am rain or shine, cold or warm COSI Outdoor Plaza An overnight event designed to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in our community When you commit to SLEEP OUT, you help at-risk young people gain access […]

Triple P comes to TLP

The Positive Parenting Program comes to the Transitional Living Program About 70% of the young people in Huck House’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) have young children of their own. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is an evidence-based program that provides several levels of intervention to meet families’ needs. The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund has partnered […]

Mealtimes as a Single Parent: Easy Tips You Can Start Today

Photo By: Pixabay   We might be able to skip naptime or even a bath, but when it comes to meal times, kids are constantly growing, and nutritious food is the fuel they need to do so. However, as a single parent, time is rare, and you might find yourself heading for the drive-thru rather […]

Do we Understand Homelessness? | By: Leslie Scott

My attention was recently captured by a PBS New Hour article titled “How Do You Define ‘homeless’ in America”. This is an ongoing question many homeless advocates find themselves asking and trying to answer. Depending on where you work or with what population, the answer often changes. Not just from person to person or agencies, […]

Runaway Love | Ludacris ft. Mary J. Blige

Runaway Love by Ludacris ft. Mary J. Blige was recorded in 2006, but its message is still relevant today. Abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, violence and teen pregnancy are among the reasons youth runaway or are put out of their home. Youth and families in Huck House programs are dealing with some of the most difficult problems […]

Jacob’s Story | By: Kyra Crockett-Hodge

Jacob was hanging out at a local library when he came across my business card, which I left a stack of in the foyer. Jacob called the YOP SHOP and told me his story and that he needed help finding housing.  He asked if he could come to the YOP SHOP to meet me to share more […]

“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. […]

No One Deserves to be Without a Home | By: Zac and Youth in our Crisis Shelter

“I just wish they would have listened to me.” Young people everywhere deal with a vast amount of daily struggles. Only a handful are able to come forward about some of those struggles, especially if it means leaving home, knowing they have no place to go. Abuse, neglect, misunderstandings and unacceptance are just a few […]

Homeless Youth Face Dangerously Cold Temperatures

During the cold month of January, our blog focus is homelessness. Bryant Maddrick, of ABC6, summarizes how Huckleberry House and Star House help homeless teens during this time. http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/organizations-help-homeless-teens-during-dangerous-cold