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Abuse, neglect, mental health challenges, homelessness, trauma. Adults struggle with these issues every day, and so do children and teenagers. Imagine being faced with the unimaginable — and then imagine doing so as a child.

Hearts & Homes for Youth works to empower young people who have or are experiencing these heartbreaking circumstances. The nonprofit’s goal is to help them make positive life choices so they can build brighter futures. Hearts & Homes’ vision is “to create a supportive community where every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”

Since opening their doors in 1964, Hearts & Homes has served more than 40,000 young people in Maryland who are in need of assistance. Programs provide a safe, nurturing, supportive environment. By partnering with community members, like Oneness CSL Columbia, the organization addresses foster care, therapeutic foster care, teen mother support and group home needs. Programs include those targeted to teenagers aging out of the foster care system.

Across the range of programs, young people learn to make positive life choices while learning critical life skills. They receive individual, group and family therapy, along with having academic support and vocational training.

One foster child voiced this opinion: “I’m so grateful to have had Hearts & Homes come into my life because without them I wouldn’t have met some of the people I had. The biggest impact in my life was my foster mom, because she allowed me to be myself.”

A supervising attorney added this: “I can tell what a solid relationship J was able to form with you, which is something that does not come easy for her. I will spread the word about Hearts & Homes. You really made a difference on behalf of my client, and she would not be in the position she’s in right now without your testimony in court.”

Safety, support, encouragement — and love. This is how young survivors become thriving adults. Learn how you can get involved and begin making a difference at HeartsAndHomes.org.