What is Housing Families First?

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Housing Families First is a resource for homeless families to gain “housing stability” and support.  The organization created two programs to assist those in need: Hilliard House and Building Neighbors.  These programs are a success because of the staff, volunteers, residents and donations.

Last year my husband and I were invited by 2017 Event Chair, Lariza Rife, to Housing Families First’s “A Night at the Theatre.” At this event we met Executive Director, Beth Turnbull, who is very passionate about ending homelessness.  It was her caring words and insight that made us realize we’d like to share this amazing organization with our own family and friends.

The Hilliard House is located on Nine Mile Road, just off of Interstate 64.  HFF’s Operation Manager, Terry Iguina, gave us a tour of the facility and shared her own perspective on homelessness.  You are greeted at the lobby by staff, volunteers and even residents. Terry showed us the children’s center, filled with games and books, a tutoring center and gorgeous artwork.  There is a staffed kitchen and also a fully-equipped laundry room.  The apartments have freshly cleaned linens and are stocked with essentials.

The “Building Neighbors” program helps direct these families towards more permanent housing.  HFF helps their transition by creating a fresh start.  In order to do so, the following items are needed:

Mattresses, New Pillows, and Snack Food Items

  • Pillows (new)
  • Individually wrapped snack items
  • Individually wrapped breakfast food items
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Large black trash bags
  • Full-size toiletry items (i.e. shampoo, deodorant, soap)
  • Plastic shower curtains, shower curtain rings
  • Bath towels, wash cloths
  • Twin sheets, blankets
  • Brooms, mops
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap
  • Household cleaners
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • GRTC bus tickets
  • Gift cards to K-Mart, Target, Walmart, etc.

I am serving as the 2018 Event Chair for “A Night at Old Havana.”  Please join us for a very fun night on February 24, 2018.  You can also visit the HFF website for more information.