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April 2017 Entry

Hearts to Homes (a program of

Mary Theresa McCombe
Crestwood · NY
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'Hearts to Homes' is a "virtual housewarming" for a young person aging out of foster care. Many foster youth "age out" at anywhere from 18 to 21 years of age. Sometimes they only have a bed and a dresser in their new home. It can be a pretty depressing start. But with the help of those who support the 'Hearts to Homes' program, and the discounts we have negotiated with local and national retailers, their new home can be furnished with some of the things we take for granted - a set of dishes, cutlery, a set of pots and pans, towels for a shower, a couch, a coffee table and a lamp. It's the little things that make a house a home. We want to help launch these young adults into the world knowing that we support them.

How will you use the $10k?

Because of the discounts provided by local and national retailers, $2,500 provides all the furniture and basic necessities that many of us take for granted. A rug, sofa, coffee table, lamps, a shower curtain, cleaning supplies, a mirror, an iron and ironing board, dishware, glassware, flatware and pots and pans, a can opener, a knife and cutting board. Think of all those things that you use every day and never give a second thought to. What's the one thing that is most appreciated? A vacuum!! Our young adults frequently wonder how they would ever afford one. Each year 10-15 young adults age out of foster care at CMCS, and they have a lot of pride in what they have accomplished!

What impact do you hope to make?

Thankfully, with the support of kind individuals from around the world, 'Hearts to Homes' seeks to help these youngsters create a warm, inviting, furnished and equipped home for themselves. $10,000 helps turn an apartment into a home for 4 individuals. Hearts to Homes makes a direct difference in the lives of every young adult who is helped. 'Hearts to Homes' turns what could be a subsistence existence into feeling like you have a beautiful apartment to launch from. You know that even though your foster care support is no longer available, there are still caring people who want to help you. This support can make all the difference for a young adult. It can be scary, being on your own, but it can also be wonderful!

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Hearts to Homes (a program of
Hearts to Homes (a program of
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This program was launched in March 2016, and so far we have helped 7 young adults. Each time someone applies for housing, our volunteers go into "housewarming mode." Using social media and individual appeals, we work our way down the list of items to be purchased. As long as there are foster children at CMCS, the Hearts to Homes program will help them launch into adulthood.

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