The Graham School and Huckleberry House Partnership

The Graham School (TGS) is a public high school with a charter granted by the State of Ohio. Located in Northern Columbus but open to all students in Ohio, the school’s focus is experiential education in a small-school setting where all students are known by all staff. TGS serves approximately 250 students annually.  The school […]

Is My Teen Depressed?

Speaking Out About Suicide

Critical Need Alert – A Message from Becky Westerfelt

A message from executive director – Becky Westerfelt In Central Ohio, we are fortunate to have the leadership of The Columbus Foundation when it comes to research and resources to address the critical needs of our community. Over the past several months, I have worked with representatives of the Columbus Foundation and other youth serving organizations […]

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 […]

Healthy Living: 7 MINUTE WORKOUT WEDNESDAY

Healthy Living at Huck-House: 7 Minute Workout Wednesday Eat healthier. Exercise more. Those messages are out there on every platform. But how do you start in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming? One morning I was in the office with a young person talking about the things we liked about ourselves and things we hoped […]

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 […]

Online Learning Resources for Bad-Weather Days

Image by Pixabay By Jenny Wise Do you ever wonder how to keep your kids occupied on rainy days when outdoor activities are impossible? If so, then this post is for you. We’re going to show how the Internet, used wisely, can turn shut-in days into wide-open opportunities for education and enrichment. Have a Science […]

How to Build a Positive Body Image for Your Teen

    Photo via Pexels By Daniel Sherwin   Through a combination of TV, films, advertising, and the internet, teenagers these days are exposed to even more images of what a perfect body looks like than past generations. Social media, in particular, has been extremely damaging, providing a constant feed of “aspirational” images that can […]

In support of families

The following letter was submitted to the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week. While policy has been reversed, the message is still relevant and significant. Dear Editor, For the past 15 years, I have been the Executive Director of Huckleberry House.  Huckleberry House provides services including shelter and transitional living housing to homeless and runaway youth.  […]