“Why I Give”

“Why I Give” By: Amy Hinman + friends Since opening our doors in 2014, HQ has been 100% community supported. Who we are, what we do, and how we do it is all because of the community, and we couldn’t be more proud of that. From benefit dinners in church

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Words Matter Here

Words matter here. By: Amy Hinman Sometimes, at HQ, we say things differently. The words we say might sound unusual or unfamiliar, but they’re important, and we want to share a few of our most common “HQ phrases” and why we choose to use them. “Youth” vs. “Kids” or “Teens”

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Beauty + Messiness

Beauty + Messiness   By: Holly Anderton When asked to describe drop-in, I often find myself at a loss for words. It’s a mixture of beauty and messiness; heaviness and strength; weariness and energy. Combined, drop-in is a place that authenticity is currency and your word is gold. From the

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HQ Ready for Anything

HQ Ready for Anything   By: Amy Hinman In the conference room at HQ, an R+B playlist pumps through the speakers, vibrations making the cups of Hawaiian punch jiggle slightly. There are bowls of chips on the tables, which are arranged like a classroom, as well as printed materials, binders,

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Hope for Health

Hope for Health By: Amy Hinman In a small renovated bathroom-turned-nurses station, still new with the smell of polyester and fresh paint, nurse Brooke flips through a pamphlet on birth control options. She is sitting next to an HQ, member, who is giggling wildly. “What’s birth control?” she asks Brooke,

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Breathing In The Sun

Breathing In The Sun By: Jalim Ali Early morning at the bus stop, eyes closed, light still bleeds through, filling my head with that yellowy red, my breath slides in and out of my lungs almost effortlessly, I feel the sun breaking up the chill bite of the morning, the

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All the Stuff Inside

By: Mary DeYoung We rush past each other every day–in cars, down hallways, in supermarket aisles. For many,feeling relatively ignored in public spaces is normal, and often preferred. But to the youth that come through our doors, being “unseen” communicates that their reality is uncomfortable and they are not worth acknowledging. As

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Get What You Need & Go Forth

By: Amy Hinman A member at HQ told me once that the worst part about being homeless isn’t the starving, the not bathing, the freezing. It’s being looked at like the world would be a better place if you weren’t there. It’s knowing that, in that moment, you are despised and rejected,

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